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Ear protection help.

The yellow foam and orange softer ear plugs simply do not drowned out the exhaust notes. Has anyone found better earplugs or have experiance with custom molded ones that are very $$$$$

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I didn't have much luck with the foam plugs either. After reading an article in a motorcycle mag a several years back, I ordered active noise cancelling earbuds. What a difference! I'm now on my second set and these are even better than the first set. They run about $60 if I remember right. Well worth it IMO.

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Can you share the model and where you got them.

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Here's the earbuds I'm currently using.

https://smile.amazon.com/Audio-Techn...ywords=ath-anc


They do a great job of reducing wind noise and exhaust note, while leaving mid-ranges loud enough to hear speaking etc. Currently for $45. If you have after market or modified exhaust I don't know how they'll do. With my stock exhaust on my Nomad they work great.

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Here's the earbuds I'm currently using.

https://smile.amazon.com/Audio-Techn...ywords=ath-anc


They do a great job of reducing wind noise and exhaust note, while leaving mid-ranges loud enough to hear speaking etc. Currently for $45. If you have after market or modified exhaust I don't know how they'll do. With my stock exhaust on my Nomad they work great.
What about other ambient noises like vehicles, horns, etc?

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Hearos Xtreme Ear Plugs are the best I have found.

https://www.hearos.com/collections/a...tection-series

They work great for the wind noise and loud exhaust. I am able to hear my music through the speakers with these also.

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What about other ambient noises like vehicles, horns, etc?

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I've probably traveled 50,000 miles with these. I've never had a problem hearing speech, traffic, sirens, horns etc. They seem to mostly reduce high-end and low-end, constant noise like wind noise and exhaust. I started using them when I noticed I had developed tinnitus from years of riding without anything. Like I said, the foam didn't work well for me, including hearo's extreme. A plus is I can plug my mp3/phone into them and listen to music when desired.
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I've probably traveled 50,000 miles with these. I've never had a problem hearing speech, traffic, sirens, horns etc. They seem to mostly reduce high-end and low-end, constant noise like wind noise and exhaust. I started using them when I noticed I had developed tinnitus from years of riding without anything. Like I said, the foam didn't work well for me, including hearo's extreme. A plus is I can plug my mp3/phone into them and listen to music when desired.
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Ear protection help.

Pinlock ear plugs

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/pinlock-earplugs


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I use these and don't push them all the way into my ears. Shut out the objectionable noise while still making it possible to hear important and safety noises such as sirens, with no problem. Plus the price is right - about $4.00, if I recall.

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