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post #1 of 15 Old 10-28-2016, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ear plugs do wonders

Before the ZX6R I had a CBR500r with a Hotbodies MotoGP exhaust and i noticed after riding I would get a constant shrill ringing in my ears which I found out is known as tinnitus. On my ZX6R I have a M4 exhaust with the baffle removed which is much louder than the CBR so I bought some ear plugs from Amazon and now after riding no more annoying ringing.

Ear plugs are definitely part of my "gear" now.

Get a good pair of ear plugs guys, don't damage your hearing and ride safe!

I bought these: https://www.amazon.com/LiveMus-HearS...ar+plugs&psc=1

They are multi-purpose and washable. Much better option than those disposable foam ear plugs.
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Get some custom molded earplugs
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Get some custom molded earplugs
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I rock Surefire EP10's, they are so damn comfortable and rated at I think 32db.
Also, I can still hear my music through my Sena 20S perfectly fine. And even with my exhaust screaming at 8.5K rpm on the freeway.
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I rock Surefire EP10's, they are so damn comfortable and rated at I think 32db.
Also, I can still hear my music through my Sena 20S perfectly fine. And even with my exhaust screaming at 8.5K rpm on the freeway.
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I rock Surefire EP10's, they are so damn comfortable and rated at I think 32db.
Also, I can still hear my music through my Sena 20S perfectly fine. And even with my exhaust screaming at 8.5K rpm on the freeway.
NRR of 30.

Foamy ear plugs come up to a NRR of 33. My custom silicone Westone Aquanots surprised me at being only 27; it's hard for me to believe a big hunk of silicone that goes all the into your ear canal blocks less sound than a disposable pair of foamies!
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NRR of 30.

Foamy ear plugs come up to a NRR of 33. My custom silicone Westone Aquanots surprised me at being only 27; it's hard for me to believe a big hunk of silicone that goes all the into your ear canal blocks less sound than a disposable pair of foamies!
I've run both foamies, and the audiologist designed, three ridged ear plugs..... the nice thing with the ridged ones is they are easier to clean. If you throw out the plugs as they get nasty, that's a moot point.

anything that attenuates the amount of sound hitting your ear is a good thing.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Just bought a box of 200+ earplugs only $22. But the 3M neon lightning foam ones fit perfectly in my ear. Not too big not too small

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I've run both foamies, and the audiologist designed, three ridged ear plugs..... the nice thing with the ridged ones is they are easier to clean. If you throw out the plugs as they get nasty, that's a moot point.

anything that attenuates the amount of sound hitting your ear is a good thing.
The newer energy efficient clothes washing machines are great for cleaning earplugs (don't ask). I keep a glass jar on top of the dryer and after running a load of clothes - accompanied by the earplugs - I simply toss the clean earplugs in the jar and allow to air dry.

Also, if you ride long rides, and wear earplugs, you'll be vastly less tired/fatigued at the end of the day. I consider it second, only to staying hydrated, to enable me to ride < 2K-mi. trip over 10-14days. The white noise of wind/tire hum/exhaust and whatever else is existing in the transient environment just wears the human body down in innumerable ways. I keep earplugs in every riding jacket, riding pants, soft luggage, and even in the little cubby underneath the pillion seat. I deem them to be that critical!

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The newer energy efficient clothes washing machines are great for cleaning earplugs (don't ask). I keep a glass jar on top of the dryer and after running a load of clothes - accompanied by the earplugs - I simply toss the clean earplugs in the jar and allow to air dry.

Also, if you ride long rides, and wear earplugs, you'll be vastly less tired/fatigued at the end of the day. I consider it second, only to staying hydrated, to enable me to ride < 2K-mi. trip over 10-14days. The white noise of wind/tire hum/exhaust and whatever else is existing in the transient environment just wears the human body down in innumerable ways. I keep earplugs in every riding jacket, riding pants, soft luggage, and even in the little cubby underneath the pillion seat. I deem them to be that critical!
I view constant noise as one of the biggest stressors on the human condition. I don't enjoy constant barrages of noise. It is becoming more and more difficult to find places where you can hear the wind rustling the leaves in a tree, or passing through grass. this is why I don't like living in apartments, townhouses, etc. Too much noise from everyone else. Cities are one huge blanket of noise.

One of the tests we did with potential sailors, as a pre-screening tool was to rub your fingertips lightly together--- if you can't hear that, your hearing is almost certainly impaired enough to disqualify you for entrance into the military.

I lived on board ship for a number of years. It was similar to living inside a factory 24/7. I was on shore duty then back on sea duty -- I'd moved out of base quarters, married, and was living a fairly quiet life. The next deployment was brutal, until I decided to start sleeping in ear plugs. I've been trying to conserve my hearing, ever since.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Or get an exhaust that's not an eadrum murderer.

I'm still on stock, but when I get an aftermarket I'm going for this.


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Or get an exhaust that's not an eadrum murderer.

I'm still on stock, but when I get an aftermarket I'm going for this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7DGQefbkCQ
I have his exact setup, it is a bit stealthy with the db-killer installed. I've always had louder cans in the past, never again. This simply does not attract L.E.O.!
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not to be debbie downer but earplugs in my oppinion are a distraction. Personally id rather hear the road and everything going on around me but with ear plugs i feel like thats hard to do. ( and headphones )
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not to be debbie downer but earplugs in my oppinion are a distraction. Personally id rather hear the road and everything going on around me but with ear plugs i feel like thats hard to do. ( and headphones )
It's an adjustment, to be sure..... the rewards are much greater than the losses. You can still hear everything you need to, and it's easier to concentrate on it.
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