Do you use earplugs? - ZX6R Forum
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%
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post #1 of 122 Old 08-26-2015, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Do you use earplugs?

Just curious. I always keep them in for long rides especially if I'm hopping on the highway at higher speeds. I've found my ears hurt and feel a bit muted if I don't have them in for a long time, but it could just be a placebo. My step-dad and friend both ride cruisers with loud pipes and a half helmet (even worse) and they seem to be just fine. Only time will tell though... bless their souls.

Some people swear by them to prevent damage and some people just don't care.... what is your take? Have they been useful in your riding experience?
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I always wear them now. I wish I had when I was younger. You don't notice hearing lose until later in life since it's a cumulative effect. But after riding with them for a few years, I find that it's easier for me to concentrate on my riding technique and what's around me if I wear them. The wind noise and loud exhaust I find distracting to me now.

Plus I don't want to give up any more of the hearing I have left.
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No because I don't have a loud, annoying pipe. Wind noise doesn't bother me either.
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Don't wear them but should. I have chronic middle ear effusions which causes an odd sensation/sound of crackles while wearing plugs which is more distracting than wind noise.
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I rode nearly 30 years without them and no problems. I played some pretty loud guitar when I was in my 'gigging' days which damaged my hearing way back when.

Now, with that M4 pipe, I wear earplugs on the racebike. I still do not wear them on the street because none of my street bikes are obnoxiously loud.
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No earplugs, it I never hop in the saddle without ear buds. Sometimes I play music and sometimes I don't, but they're always in.
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Motorcyclists Challenge State Laws Banning Use Of Earplugs : NPR
Interesting story on NPR that is kind of related to this topic

From the story: To determine the level of wind noise motorcyclists face, Healy took a recording device for a drive with PhD students. Imagine a mannequin head with anatomically-correct ears stuck out a window. His findings matched previous research showing that at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, wind noise exceeded 85 decibels.

HEALY: Sounds over that are known to cause hearing damage. The levels that we measured were in the range of 110 to 130 dB.
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Anything longer than a local trip (10 min), yes.



Motorcyclists are at special risk for perminent hearing loss if they don't test and protect their hearing.


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No earplugs, it I never hop in the saddle without ear buds. Sometimes I play music and sometimes I don't, but they're always in.
Same earbuds, not so much emphasis on the music but helps cancel the noise! im sure other brands are better as its not the most expensive but I feel like without anything the wind noise in my Icon helmet crazy loud..
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I have a chatterbox and I replaced the speakers with ear buds that I wear on the street. I don't wear any ear protection on the track. Wut? Lost most of my hearing in my younger days playing my full Marshal stack and launching F-16s. Wut?

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I think a lot of you have the wrong idea. It's not our exhausts that do the damage, but the high decibel sound that wind noise produces when we ride.
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I use ear buds and listen to music most of the time so I use those as ear protection, but I have forgot them a few times with my new helmet, but it's so quite I can even tell I don't have them in.
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I think a lot of you have the wrong idea. It's not our exhausts that do the damage, but the high decibel sound that wind noise produces when we ride.
Exactly right.
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