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post #1 of 37 Old 03-08-2013, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Ear Plugs

Some wear these, others don't. I find that they reduce fatigue on touring where there are often long straight bits. I am on to my second pair of audiologist installed pair, but the right plug seems to have started leaking noise. Has my ear changed?

So then I tried using a pair of those in ear earphones with the silicone buds on them. These give a better result than my personalised plugs!

With a good pair of plugs, and a head/neck scarf, the Wee noise falls back to a low hiss, and I can concentrate on my tinnitus.

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The biggest advantage is they can save your hearing. All too many motorcyclists have reduced hearing capacity and/or tinnitus.

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I am on to my second pair of audiologist installed pair, but the right plug seems to have started leaking noise. Has my ear changed?
My understanding is, some materials can shrink over time (a couple of years). Have you had them a long time? Did the audiologist make any claims that they are the type of material that does not shrink?
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My understanding is, some materials can shrink over time (a couple of years). Have you had them a long time? Did the audiologist make any claims that they are the type of material that does not shrink?
And apparently your ears do keep growing/changing. The stuff the audiologist made mine out of doesn't shrink - he reckons 50 year life...but I'll need new ones before then cause of the other part of the equation...

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The biggest advantage is they can save your hearing. All too many motorcyclists have reduced hearing capacity and/or tinnitus.
Research is showing that hearing loss is cumulative, may start just after birth from sounds like the medical equipment in a neonatal ICU or a white noise machine in a babies bedroom, may not show until months after a loud exposure, sometimes can't be found by testing until much later after the exposure, and is usually irreversible.

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Noise Exposure - Permissible Level and Duration
Noise Level Chart: dB Levels of Common Sounds

When considering earplugs, there is no one type of earplug that works best for everyone. Keep trying until you find your favorite. I wore EAR classic yellow foam plugs for years working, sometimes the foam plugs inside earmuffs in really loud spots (diesel generator running inside an 8x8x20 metal container, and found that the collar mike of a walkie-talkie held against the plastic shell of ear muffs worked great for hearing the walkie).

I don't like the EAR or the other foam plugs I've tried while riding. I feel disconnected from the bike. I like ETYplugs, Etymotic Research, a lot. The foam plugs have more attenuation at higher frequencies, and the ETYplugs are more even frequency attenuation. Keep trying plugs until you find which works best for you.

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Any ear plugs will help. Finding the ones that make you happy is like an oil thread. We'se all different. I used to foam dudes and thought they were OK. I had custom fitted for 3 years now and may get a new pair this year only because I were the heck out of them and they get shoved in a plastic pouch in the pocket. They can wear out.
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I use HEROS along with custom audio plugs. As was said, whatever works for one person.......

In addition to ear gear consider modifications to the windscreen. Creating the right pocket of air for the rider goes a long way to minimizing the noise.
Screen height and configuration......

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i wear heroes, trimmed down to barely protrude from the ear canal. i wear a full face helmet. if i crack the helmet shield a little, it decreases the wind noise. if i wear a scarf, sealing up my helmet/neck area, i have absolutely no wind noise.

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Cheap by the box and work great for me. They are small sized and easy to insert, with lots of spit. Proper insertion is as important as getting the right size. This is a decent video to show how

How to properly insert ear plugs - YouTube

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PTRider, thanks for the mention of the ETY plugs. I wasn't aware of them. I love my ER6I plugs with the flanges but just got a Sena SMH10 and will be giving the speakers a try. My usual plugs are these:
3M Tekk® Quiet Tip Ear Plugs (90586-80025T) - Ear Protection - Ace Hardware
But it looks like the ETYs will allow the speaker sound to get through much better.

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