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I wear foam earplugs. Howard Leight. Can't ride strom without as wind noise generated from strom shield is loud. good for snoring sig. other and other stuff as well.
 

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Always, and without hesitation!

Been wearing Hearos foamies for at least the last 10 years, maybe longer. -33DB, can still hear comms / traffic / stuff I need to hear. I wear a pair until I do a little dry-heave when looking at them, then grab another pair. No infections or pain. :)
 

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I've got custom-made ear plugs from Alpine (in the Netherlands). https://www.alpine.nl/ There must be similar companies where you live.

(Having said that, you can go to your local doctor or ear specialist, have them make an impression of your ear canal, and then send this mould to Alpine, who can then create ear plugs from this.)

Other than that they're moulded to your ear (so they don't irritate), they have a custom filter inside it, filtering out unwanted sound like wind noise, but apply less filtering to other important frequencies. Alpine has different filters, even user replaceable, for different applications such as rock concerts, motorcycling or working with heavy machinery.

Foam plugs and similar are a lot cheaper, but they don't have this frequency-specific filtering.
 

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I use the inexpensive Moldex 6800 Pura Fit disposables. They work just fine for me, comfortable and I can throw them out after a few days when they get dirty and no traumas when I lose one.

I buy them in bags of 50 pairs.

Spec's suggestion of a sampler package is an excellent idea.
 

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Everybody is different. What works for one may not work well for others.

For example, I find the flanged silicone plugs incredibly irritating. No way could I wear them for more than a couple of hours straight.

I've tried custom fit silicone, and didn't find them especially comfortable, and they didn't block noise as effectively as foam earplugs do.

But that's me. Some people can't stand the foam earplugs, even the ones made with very soft foam that put very little pressure inside the ear canal.

E-A-R used to make their EAR-Soft Neon foamies in two sizes, including a smaller than usual one for people with narrow ear canals.

Also, plugs aren't all created equal. I like ones that have a smooth, non-irritating outer surface, not the ones with open cell foam exposed. Some are much softer than others (although I'm not sure I agree with the Earplug Store's relative ratings - I find the EARSofts to be some of the softest, least pressure-producing plugs, and they rate them at a 3 on the softest scale, while they rate the Howard Leight Laser Lites at a 2 (softer), but I find the EARs softer.

Anyway, if you'd like to try more foam plugs, I see the Earplug Store has a sampler pack called "Just the smallest" with the smallest diameter, softest plugs they have identified. https://www.earplugstore.com/smallest-foam-ear-plug-trial-pack.html
 

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I have used EarPeace plugs for several years now.
Work & on the bike.
10+ hours a day at work & no discomfort aprox. $20.oo a set w/ 3 different level db filters in a anodized container. :smile2:
 

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Yep, like the other, always wear them.

Started with an assortment collected from work over the years and a purchased assortment from EarPlugSuperStore.

Settled on Howard Leight Max Lite. They are the soft, rollup and insert kind. Worked great except if you have to remove them too many times during the day they tended not to stay in or seal as well and ended up using fresh ones before the end of the day/ride.

Then tried Moldex Comets. Preformed soft plastic/rubber. Worked great, multiple removals during the day no issues, but by the end of the day my ears usually were a little sore.

Now using Radians Custom Molded Ear Plugs which work fairly well. Easy in and no issues with removing and re-inserting each day. Wash in luke warm water at the end of the day and they are ready to go again. They are not quite as quiet as the other two mentioned above but not too bad. Since you make them yourself, there is always the chance of operator error.


YMMV
 

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I just picked up a new box of HL Max Lites. Cost me about CDN$50 at my local industrial supply place. They can be had cheaper, but even still that's only $.25/pair. I can afford to toss them after a few uses.
 

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I always wear ear plugs when I ride. Just moving the bike around with my helmet on but no ear plugs is very loud, to my ears. I can't imagine actually riding without them. I use Howard Leight Max uncorded and have worn them virtually all day long on multi-day trips. Bought a box of 200 pair for something like $30.

Howard Leight does make a "small" version that may be worth trying if you have small ear canals.
 

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Before you spend money on plugs that might not work for you get a sampler pack from EarPlugstore.
Yep. Every ear is different, so you normally have to try several types and brands before you find the one that works.

Personally, I prefer foam and I learned the hard way to use a fresh pair every day. The pain of an ear canal infection is on par with kidney stones and childbirth... I must be a slow learner because it took two such infections for me to stop re-using ear plugs for more than a day.

Anyhoo, yeah, Google up ear plug sample packs and go nuts.

I've never had a bit of luck with the molded stuff. They're usually fine standing there, but the second you put on a helmet or move, there's a "pop" and you can hear everything.

YMMV, of course; lots of people LOVE their molded plugs.


Anecdote: I recently lost a bunch of weight, and found that my usual ear plugs (Howard Leight) were not sealing. Turns out ear canals get fat, so my ear holes were getting bigger. I scoured the earth (well, Amazon) and found the biggest foam plugs in all the lands, Hearos Xtreme.

On the other end of the spectrum, Hearos and others make smaller foam ear plugs for ladies and children.

Somewhere out there is your perfect ear plug.


And honestly, I cannot understand how and why the hell anyone would ride without ear plugs. You can ride so much farther and faster in a day without the fatigue from the wind roar.
 

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I've never had a bit of luck with the molded stuff. They're usually fine standing there, but the second you put on a helmet or move, there's a "pop" and you can hear everything.
That's what happens for me. Also my ear canals seem to change shape as I move my head to different positions, so they might seal fine when I'm standing with my head level, but as soon as I put my head down a bit, or turn my head, they let more noise in.

And honestly, I cannot understand how and why the hell anyone would ride without ear plugs. You can ride so much farther and faster in a day without the fatigue from the wind roar.
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Me either, but I'm not here to tell other people what they should do, just to offer suggestions if they do want to use earplugs.
 

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I have small ear canals as well. I have used these for years and find them to be fairly comfortable. At least comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time. I can still hear my GPS through my in helmet speakers, EMS sires, horns, etc. They seem to be best at greatly reducing the wind noise which is what I find most annoying.

I tried the custom molded ones and found that they were neither comfortable or good a noise suppression.

https://www.amazon.ca/Howard-Leight-LPF-1-Uncorded-Earplugs/dp/B000RMFGGY/ref=sr_1_2?gclid=CjwKCAjw4NrpBRBsEiwAUcLcDAGtrfI3O4HfeiBZaB13l09bpIJ8jKDoz1-CcpFbz-tZ9dJy7CwyWhoC7bYQAvD_BwE&hvadid=267564783270&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9001335&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=b&hvrand=9135583571360034471&hvtargid=kwd-379573227768&hydadcr=23307_10308534&keywords=max+howard+leight+ear+plugs&qid=1563942852&s=gateway&sr=8-2
ditto.. small canals and these work great.
 

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I wear earplugs most of my day since I work in a noisy factory. I ALWAYS wear them when riding either of my bikes, and working with power tools and anything motorized. I am also a tinnitus (SEVER) sufferer and am doing everything I can to NOT make it worse.


I didn't wear them enough in my younger days working around piston and jet aircraft and shooting, and power/pneumatic tools, etc. I AM PAYING THE STIFF PRICE NOW.


I wear the round foam type, they fit me well, luckily. I don't use ear buds to listen to anything.
 

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Just logged in and was pretty stoked with the response my post got.

Thank you guys!

Give me some time. I'll get back to all of you shortly.
 

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YouTube fortnine earplug review. Some helpful info there.
I watched FortNine's review already. Tried most of the products they featured but one. I haven't tried No Noise but right now I doubt that it would fit my ear canals.
 

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I wear the 3M yellow marshmallow looking things and replace them after a day of use. I haven’t found anything better, though I hear a good custom ear plug is better.

They do make a size for small ear canals. My son bought me a case of those on Amazon by mistake.
 

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I do recommend earplugs. I never wore them up until about seven years ago, and now I rarely ride without them.

I made my own set of custom molded ones from a substance called Easy Mold. It's actually a food grade silicon putty that they sell in craft stores. People usually use it to make custom molds for things like chocolate candy. I bought a half pound of the stuff for $26.00, which would be enough to probably make ten sets of them. Radian sells a kit for about $20.00 using the same type of putty specifically to make earplugs, but you only get enough to make one pair; if you mess up, you're out of luck.

There are videos on Youtube how to make your own. I made mine so earphones could be inserted in them, but the method for making a set of sound blocking earplugs would be the same.
Would probably try this one. Doesn't it crumble after a few days?
 

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And honestly, I cannot understand how and why the hell anyone would ride without ear plugs. You can ride so much farther and faster in a day without the fatigue from the wind roar.
I do riding to work. Its 15 minutes, 40 mph and I have a very good helmet leaving me with almost no wind noise. Freeway different story. But for just slow rides I like to hear the bike and the different sounds the tires make as you roll through a turn.
 

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I have small ear canals as well. I have used these for years and find them to be fairly comfortable. At least comfortable enough to wear for several hours at a time. I can still hear my GPS through my in helmet speakers, EMS sires, horns, etc. They seem to be best at greatly reducing the wind noise which is what I find most annoying.

I tried the custom molded ones and found that they were neither comfortable or good a noise suppression.
I've already tried these. The problem with these is that they are ear wax magnet and probably turn brown or gray from dirt after a couple of use.
 
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