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I guess I am getting old.:(
If I ride without earplugs, I get tinnitus.
Its not the pipes, it is the wind.
I have heard that a better fitting helmet might help; but I own a metric, so I am not going to throw cash at the problem.:D

Who else rides with ear plugs?
What do you recommend?

Has anyone used these?
http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html

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I've been using these for a couple of years, which you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot probably under a couple of different name brands. I forget how many different earplugs I've tried and these are my favorites. They're effective but soft enough to not bother my ears, even for long periods of time (8-10 hours in some cases). I wear them for anything that is loud and get several uses out of them until they won't roll up and have to be thrown away.

 

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I use the standard foam E-A-R plugs. Noise is like lead poisoning; it has cumulative effects. I have tinnitus from too many years of jet engine noise and do whatever I can to keep the noise levels down. I wear ear plugs in movie theatres and even church!
 

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I guess I am getting old.:(
If I ride without earplugs, I get tinnitus.
Its not the pipes, it is the wind.
I have heard that a better fitting helmet might help; but I own a metric, so I am not going to throw cash at the problem.:D

Who else rides with ear plugs?
What do you recommend?

Has anyone used these?
http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html

Scott
Electronic Noise cancelation ear plugs, plug em in to your ipod or just put em in and turn em on and listen to quiet.. They allow you to hear sharp noises like a car horn.. About 70.00 BUT they have to be noise Cancelation ....not suppression.. Bulldozer
 

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I wear mine ALL THE TIME> I won't even do a 15 min ride without them. I'm a musician and can't afford to hurt my hearing any more. I use some walgreens Howard Leight Sleepers. Since they're meant for sleeping, you don't feel as much pressure as with regular ear plugs. It brings everything down in volume, but I can still hear everything, cars, engines, tires, horns, etc. They only drawback is when trying to talk from one vehicle to another at a stop light.

After I started wearing ear plugs, I noticed rides were more pleasing, and I was less tired when I would get to work. Something about the mind not being on the edge during the whole trip because of the excessive noise.
 

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I wear mine ALL THE TIME> I won't even do a 15 min ride without them. I'm a musician and can't afford to hurt my hearing any more. I use some walgreens Howard Leight Sleepers. Since they're meant for sleeping, you don't feel as much pressure as with regular ear plugs. It brings everything down in volume, but I can still hear everything, cars, engines, tires, horns, etc. They only drawback is when trying to talk from one vehicle to another at a stop light.

After I started wearing ear plugs, I noticed rides were more pleasing, and I was less tired when I would get to work. Something about the mind not being on the edge during the whole trip because of the excessive noise.
Juancho,
Have you ever tried the musician earplugs like these:
http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html

Do most music stores carry this type of item?

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Electronic Noise cancelation ear plugs, plug em in to your ipod or just put em in and turn em on and listen to quiet.. They allow you to hear sharp noises like a car horn.. About 70.00 BUT hey have to be noise Cancelation ....not suppression.. Bulldozer
BD,
Where do you get yours?
I usually wear a NRR 26 earplug. It functions well for noise reduction; but I recently purchased an intercom system for when my wife rides with me. At highway speeds I cannot hear the intercom with that rating of earplug. So, I am not really looking for cancellation. Hoping that the musicians earplugs will fit the bill.

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BD,
Where do you get yours?
I usually wear a NRR 26 earplug. It functions well for noise reduction; but I recently purchased an intercom system for when my wife rides with me. At highway speeds I cannot hear the intercom with that rating of earplug. So, I am not really looking for cancellation. Hoping that the musicians earplugs will fit the bill.

Scott
Scott i was in DFW last month and bought a pair at a big store i cant for the life of me remember the name of it, it was like HH Greg....
Here is the kind i have on ebay.. Hope this helps . bd

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-MDRNC33-Noise-Canceling-Earbuds-Black-/140558889032?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item20b9f67048
 

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Good thread.... I occassionally now use the orange plugs.. it is sure a lot quieter when I do....gonna do it more. I have pretty serious tinnitus that I do think has been made worse by my riding these last few years....
 

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Good thread.... I occassionally now use the orange plugs.. it is sure a lot quieter when I do....gonna do it more. I have pretty serious tinnitus that I do think has been made worse by my riding these last few years....
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Juancho,
Have you ever tried the musician earplugs like these:
http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html

Do most music stores carry this type of item?

Scott
I've never tried them, but I'm curious now! I might give them a shot. I've only had walgreens ear plugs; the generic walgreens brand which is horrible, and the Howard Leights super duty and the Leight sleepers. The sleeping ones are my favorite since they feel more comfortable.
 

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I am glad to see a lot of fellow riders use hearing protection.:)
High Noise Reduction Ratings seem to be the preference.

I ordered some of the High Fidelity plugs I linked to earlier. They are supposed to reduce 20db across all frequencies; allowing you to hear and understand speech. I will post a review after I have used them a bit.

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ETY Earplugs

Juancho,
Have you ever tried the musician earplugs like these:
http://www.etymotic.com/hp/er20.html

Do most music stores carry this type of item?

Scott
+1 Scott,
I've been using the Etymotic ER-20s since I started riding again about a year ago. I'm a sound engineer, so arriving at work with your ears buzzing from the noise isn't a good way to start the day. They are washable so they can last a long time, and pretty comfortable too. I get mine at Westone: http://www.westonemusicproducts.com/music/index.php/products/hearing-protection/universal-hearing-protection.html
 

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On my Vaquero I'm sitting behind an 11" Cee Baileys windscreen, always in a fullface helmet and I still wear earplugs. It's the wind noise that will damage your hearing, I've worn earplugs so long I can't even ride up the street without them in, the wind noise is so loud. With ear plugs the wind noise is greatly diminished and on the Vaquero I can hear the music and listen to the pipes, on my R1 the howl of the exhaust is intoxicating to hear without all the noise of wind... I'm wearing custom ear plugs but also use the Howard Leight Laser Lites...

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-Laser-Earplugs-Cords/dp/B0007XJOLG[/ame]

Good article on motorcycles and hearing damage: http://www.freehearingtest.com/hia_motorcyclefacts.shtml
 
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