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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-16-2018, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ear plug pain

I had back-to-back ear infections recently, one media and one externa, both left side. They've resolved and my hearing is back to normal, but now when I ride with my Laser Lite plugs in, my ears start hurting like hell after about 20 minutes and take several hours to recover after removal. My helmet (RF-1200) is by far the quietest I've ever used, but I'd still like to keep the wind noise down as much as possible. Suggestions?

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Nope. I've never minded the sound. Mine isn't a particularly loud bike. As for the rest of the noise, to me that's just part of the experience.

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Which Laser lite plugs ? If the soft foam plugs are hurting then you may want to try external sound suppression. Denser foam behind the ear pads??

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Which Laser lite plugs ? If the soft foam plugs are hurting then you may want to try external sound suppression. Denser foam behind the ear pads??
The soft yellow & pink plugs. Been using them forever with no issues at all until recently. I have a Sena receiver on my lid so removed the earcup pads.

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Since you wear a FF helmet, how about adding a device to the bottom of the helmet to better seal off your neck around the helmet. I think Quiet Rider is the brand name.

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Since you wear a FF helmet, how about adding a device to the bottom of the helmet to better seal off your neck around the helmet. I think Quiet Rider is the brand name.
RF-1200 includes a very good chin curtain, but thanks for the suggestion. I have a good seal all the way around.

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I use pinlock earplugs, I clean them with alcohol after every ride.

There is a reason the soft foam plugs are disposable.

Also make sure your ears arenít folding when you put your lid on, have that trouble with my GT-Air


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I use pinlock earplugs, I clean them with alcohol after every ride.
+1 on the pinlock earplugs. On the first use I noticed they were not as tight fitting as the foam plugs. I didn't have that contact outward pressure in my ear canal which made them more comfortable for me.

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I never had any luck with the one size fits all expanding foam ear plugs. I like to chew gum when I ride...lol and expanding foam ear plugs tend to work loose. I highly recommend trying Radians custom molded ear plugs. These are do it yourself custom molded ear plugs not the expensive kind that's made in a lab from a mold of your ear. They're available at Sportsmans Warehouse in the ear protection section and only cost about ten bucks.



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I never had any luck with the one size fits all expanding foam ear plugs. I like to chew gum when I ride...lol and expanding foam ear plugs tend to work loose. I highly recommend trying Radians custom molded ear plugs. These are do it yourself custom molded ear plugs not the expensive kind that's made in a lab from a mold of your ear. They're available at Sportsmans Warehouse in the ear protection section and only cost about ten bucks.





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If you can chew gum, your helmet is too loose


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