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View Poll Results: Do you use earplugs?
Yes, all the time 95 39.92%
Sometimes, depending on how long I'm riding and what speed I'll be going 61 25.63%
No, I'm against them (please explain why) 11 4.62%
No, I probably should though 51 21.43%
Other (please explain) 20 8.40%
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post #16 of 122 Old 08-26-2015, 03:02 PM
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I've been using ear plugs for the last 80,000 miles or so on motorcycles.

As much eyesight as I have lost to aging, I know I have lost more hearing. Eyes don't take as much of a beating when you live on board ships..... living inside an industrial plant and rock and roll aren't easy on hearing long term.

I suppose it's a lot like smoking -- it has to get better when you stop abusing your body.
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Don't wear them and never thought to wear them as I wanted to be able to hear the noises around me. However, I may need to rethink this...
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I always wear my radians ear plugs. Because of some issues as a really little kid, I'm already partially deaf and don't want to make it any worse than it is. And maybe not all helmets are this way, but the helmets I've owned create a lot of wind noise (especially at 70+mph). I have a SENA SMH-10 that will still turn up loud enough to hear over my ear plugs if I need to, but I really only use it for phone calls if necessary.
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Don't wear them and never thought to wear them as I wanted to be able to hear the noises around me. However, I may need to rethink this...
Word. Glad I made this thread and got you thinking.

It's definitely a myth that it blocks out noise (it really just mutes it and makes it sound different). I find it actually makes for a more concentrating ride and makes you focus more on your surroundings. You have no problem hearing things like sirens or a horn.

Check these out, I have the older model and they're great: http://www.amazon.com/Nonoise-Motor-...ycle+ear+plugs
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Don't wear them and never thought to wear them as I wanted to be able to hear the noises around me. However, I may need to rethink this...
There is a limit to how much noise can be blocked by earplugs (somewhere in the 35-40 dB range). Sound is still transmitted through your body around the ear canal (primarily through the bones) so you still hear plenty of sound. Might be hard to make out specific words, but you are still going to hear cars, sirens, etc. It muffles a great deal of the wind noise in your helmet though.

I've been using ear plugs nearly as long as I've been riding. Foam plugs are cheap and convenient. But they should be replaced regularly, and you do have to be careful when rolling the foam plugs between your fingers before insertion. If it folds and creates a crease, the crease may remain after they expand and this can allow a great deal of high frequency noise at or near full volume.

I personally use the "World's Finest Ear Plug" brand of plugs. They are like clay and you just knead them and mold them into a taper. Insert them and crush the blunt end into the outer ear. They work really well. The only downsides are due to the clay-like properties. They pick up dirt easily and leave a residue on your fingers after kneading them. Over time, it can build up inside your gloves. They seal more consistently than foam plugs once you learn to put them in correctly.

I've been seeking a good set of ear buds recently. I have no desire to listen to music. But the speakers included with my SENA 20S aren't audible at speed. It really sucks to miss your exit because you can't hear your navigation directions. Perhaps my ear plugs are too good? haha. I'm trying out a 4th set now. Went through a pair of cheaper AKG buds that work pretty well when inserted correctly. But getting it to sit right is trying and despite being really low profile, it gets knocked out of place too easily (particularly when putting my helmet on).

Tried some Klipsch R6 buds. Very easy to get a great noise seal. But they stick out too far and get pulled out when putting my helmet on. Its a real shame as they sound great.

Decided to try a cheap set of Sony buds. Couldn't get those to seal in my ear canal at all.

Currently trying out a pair of Shure SE215's. They come with foam and silicone sleeves in three sizes each. The largest of each seal well and do a good job but gets dislodged kind of easily. I should be receiving a package of triple flange seals for it tonight. These should allow me to insert the sleeves deeper into my ear and hopefully that will hold them in place better while I put my helmet on. The only downside is the cable is really long (64"). I wish they made a shorter version as they can be detached at the buds.
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I've tried several different sets of ear buds too and the ones I've found work the best is this cheap set that can actually be found at Walmart:

http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-S2D.../dp/B004MWL1TQ

I shove them deep into my ears and wrap the cord over the top of my ears before putting my helmet on. They don't come out when putting the helmet on and they stay put. Blocks a lot of noise and you don't have to have the volume blasting on the chatterbox to hear them, at any speed. Music sounds great too.
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I wear them all the time, and the biggest benefit I think is actually on the track. Without 'em I hear every little rattle and squeak out of the bike which is super distracting.
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When I commute on the bike I like ear buds w/ music. Ear plugs if I can't listen to music (phone battery dead).

When I do ride in the canyons / mountains I like to have in ear plugs.
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If I'm not going to have my helmet on then yes I wear ear plugs, but since I wear my helmet if I think I might get to speeds higher than in town driving I don't ride without it often. The 1/2 mile jaunt to the grocery store I will pop plugs in just because anything over 25 and the wind noise hurts my ears.
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I hated ear plugs when I first started riding, but I forced myself to get used to riding with them... Now I hate riding without them. my concentration and focus is definitely better with ear plugs in and my ears don't feel like crap after being in the freeway.
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I always wear them. I wear them all day at work around planes so im used to always having them in.
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