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On every ride 85 32.20%
On most rides 55 20.83%
Only on long trips 43 16.29%
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Old July 30th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #441
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Wind noise gives me a headache and is exhausting! I wear custome made silicone earplugs and they're amazing I recommend them highly
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Old July 31st, 2014, 09:11 AM   #442
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Wind noise is starting to get to me, either a new helmet is in order or a pair of good plugs. I'm looking at the kind where you just slip them in and you don't have to wait for foam to expand
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Old July 31st, 2014, 09:17 AM   #443
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Old July 31st, 2014, 09:20 AM   #444
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I'm still on the fence on mine, though I think I have found that its due to me not inserting it correctly. I also have a noisy helmet that isn't helping with the noise.

Going to test them out with my quieter helmet this weekend.


Here is a cheaper option that I have worn for close to a year now. I wash them off every other ride, or when they've been sitting for a week, and the cord has really come in handy. These are now stuffed in my tank bag should I lose my more expensive ones. Readily available at Ace.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...uctId=17477616
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Old July 31st, 2014, 01:40 PM   #445
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I dunno, the cheap foam ones attenuate more noise than those, and you have to go through about 600 pairs before you equal the price. I've keep using the same pair over and over again too.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 02:01 PM   #446
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My problem with the foam ones are it feels like i can never get them in fully, or they fall out, or the noise sounds amplified. The flanged ones to me feel better and fit better. Unfortunately, I'm paying for them too.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 02:47 PM   #447
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I wear the orange foam ones from home depot. I push them.in there pretty good. They then expand but hold inside and definitely dampen the sounds so it's very comfy. I push them until they are pretty well compressed
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Old July 31st, 2014, 05:17 PM   #448
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I dunno, the cheap foam ones attenuate more noise than those, and you have to go through about 600 pairs before you equal the price. I've keep using the same pair over and over again too.
The foam ones cut too much sound for me. These are just about perfect for me.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #449
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wind noise

Over the years wind noise can add up and very quietly without you realizing it you begin to have partial hearing loss. I have an Arai custom fitted helmet that reduces the wind noise dramatically because of the fit. I also have the foamie ear plugs and custom fit ones. I seldom go anywhere without ear plugs especially if I'm doing distance.

The foamies can be washed often and should be. When I get into the shower I bring the foamies and wash them with shampoo squeeze and dry thoroughly. Good to go next day. They last a long time.

If you go to any of the larger rallys you can be fitted for custom ear plugs. Note because they are molded they take longer getting used to and if your style of helmet compresses certain parts of your ears then they will be uncomfortable. Because they are $50-75 if you are prone to losing things foamies might be a better purchase.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 06:49 AM   #450
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Ear Plugs Newly Discovered Benefits for Seniors

Been using them since i got a new exhaust and even the little cheapo foam plugs make a big difference for me.
MIne are flesh colored so, leaving them in after helmet is off is also a great way to meet female audiologists, lady ENT specialists and even oncologist-a's as they, from a distance, resemble tumors.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 12:27 PM   #451
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earplugs .....

I wear them every time I ride, street or track. Once your hearing is gone, it is not coming back in this lifetime.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #452
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I use headphones. Cuts some windnoise, and I can listen to music
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Old April 29th, 2015, 04:59 PM   #453
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Been wearing earplugs more often at work lately,.. it can get freakin' loud in a machine shop, and it made me think of this thread. I've been wearing them when I ride for the last three years and now i don't like taking anything more than a short ride around town without them.

I know the idea of wearing earplugs when riding a motorcycle is foreign to a lot of people so I figured this thread could use a bump. I consider it part of ATGATT since it protects your hearing.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 07:19 PM   #454
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(Apologies if this has already been covered a million times -- I stopped following the discussion in this thread a while back and haven't reread everything).

I've heard a lot of people say that the foam earplugs don't stay in their ears, or don't seem to properly attenuate sound. It turns out those issues are also commonly associated with improper earplug use (Though definitely they can still be issues for people using earplugs correctly! Everyone's ears are different, and some earplugs just don't work with some ear shapes).

The natural way to insert an earplug is to just take it and push it into your ear. It turns out that the obvious method is actually not that great in this case, and leads to the earplugs forming a poor seal in the ear, or just never really getting deep enough into the ear canal, leading to them popping out. Also, in my own experience, pushing the earplugs straight in can cause earwax to get pushed deep into the ear, eventually leading to temporary but significant ear pain and hearing reduction.

Earplugs are so commonly misused that OSHA has developed a correction formula to estimate the actual hearing protection afforded by improperly-worn earplugs: NRR_effective = (NRR-7)/2.

So if you have a pair of foam earplugs rated at 32dB, if you wear them improperly you end up only getting ~12.5dB of actual noise reduction.

This video illustrates the best way to insert foam earplugs. There's also a handy graphic here for the bandwidth-challenged. Rather than pushing the earplug straight into the ear, it must first be rolled into a tight cylinder, and then the top of the ear should be pulled straight up, to straighten out the ear canal. After that you can just slip the earplug into the ear canal (it should go in very easily) and hold it for a moment until it expands enough to not move around.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 07:25 PM   #455
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In addition to blocking out noise, earplugs also promote a sense of peace, harmony, and well-being.

At least, they do for the guy in the video, anyway.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #457
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When my gf says "I have so much to tell you about my day", I tell her to give me a sec to pee first....so I won't have to interrupt her with a bathroom break in the middle of her story.

I just pop these bad boys in and just smile and nod for the next 90 minutes.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 11:03 PM   #458
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I use headphones. Cuts some windnoise, and I can listen to music
Just be sure that you can still hear stuff around you, people honking, tires screeching, the whoopies from the wambulance and emergency vehicles.

I like to jam out sometimes when I ride but sometimes it's too loud that I can't hear my surroundings.
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when i go on long rides, i have manipulated ear plugs into my head phones so i have music and hearing protection. the ear plugs with the strings seem to work best. pull the string and put the ear plug around the head phone.
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when i go on long rides, i have manipulated ear plugs into my head phones so i have music and hearing protection. the ear plugs with the strings seem to work best. pull the string and put the ear plug around the head phone.
http://www.plugfones.com/

Check those out. I've heard good things about them.
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Check those out. I've heard good things about them.
those are interesting, i wonder if the replacement plugs will work with my ear buds.
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Thats what I do! except i use the plugs with the string attached pull the string and the hole is already started.
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those are interesting, i wonder if the replacement plugs will work with my ear buds.
for $8 for 5 sets it may be worth trying. they do have some motorcycle specific ones.
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I don`t use them because the bike is very quiet and because my full face helmet (HJC) fits so well that any wind noise is negligable--I also have a high frequency hearing loss from things that went Boom while I was in Nam, that I probably would not be bothered by wind noise.
my HJC CL15 I go back and forth too. even with a full exhaust at WOT it doesn't seem unbearable (previously I was a mechanic so exposure to loud noise is nothing new).

waiting on my icon airmada to arrive. saw they came out with a first responder version which inspired me to get it shipped to my car painter and have him do an ER nurse version. then off to get the bluetooth speakers installed, first time with those too very excited
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When I ride for a few block, I don't. But most of the time, YES. I use something like this from Big Ear.
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