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Okay begin ride again after 20 years, I do have tinitus For those of you who don't know tinitus is constant ringing in the ear. Sounds horrible but you do get used to that ring and pretty much can be ignored. When I first got the bike I only wore open face helmet, road for 1500 miles, sometimes an hour to two hours at a time. No additional ringing in my ears. I went to a three-quarter helmet with the shield and noticed how much louder everything was. Went for a total of a five hour ride to the mountains. Came back and noticed my ears were ringing louder, and they rang like that for a couple of days then back to normal. I know winter is going to be approaching so I started looking into a full face helmet to combat cold weather on the face. I bought a full face helmet. I rode with it for approximately 2 hours, the engine noise seems to have came up inside the helmet, exaggerating all the ways is and making engine sound louder than ever. and now my ears are ringing louder than ever. That was 2 weeks ago and the ringing has not subsided. I really don't think I'm going to be able to ride during the winter and wear a full face helmet without seriously damaging my hearing ! Has anybody out there experienced this? You might say, wear some of your plugs, that will solve it.....tried that too, I think that's what damage my ears with a full face more than anything! After the first round of ear ringing with the full face, I put in some earplugs, road for about 25 minutes. then it felt like my head was in a pressure cooker, and hurt my ears more than ever. In fact I think the earplugs coupled with the full face helmet is what caused the real serious ringing. I can't believe a full face helmet is louder to me then it opens face! If anybody has had success wearing certain earplugs, with full face helmet, that has tinitus too, please chime in and let me know what you did to help out with my problem. Thanks for all replies!

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I have the beginnings of tinnitus (have ringing but can usually not hear it with some other sounds going on. If it's silent I can hear it. The full face worked OK for me and using the ANC earbuds helps with highway cruising for battling the wind noise. I can still hear it but it's not attacking my ear drums. When I pull them out at the end its like night and day
 

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I've had tinnitus for decades. Lesson for new Army recruits: cigarette butts are not adequate hearing protection for live-fire ranges-especially the 50-cal M2. But DAMN, it's so much fun! Anyway, I use the ear plugs that are designed to net normal conversation through. They have a tiny hole in them, which can be plugged if desired. I think that helps, as the tiny hole also allows air pressure to stay balanced. Worth a try, should be able to find some for around $25.
 

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I don't have tinnitus, but I have noticed that I can hear my radio better in a full face, that may be due to as you said it coming up through the bottom of the helmet now that I think about it, I mostly wear a half helmet unless it is raining, living in Florida we only have about a week or so of cold weather (in the 30's), Florida has no helmet laws, but that is just stupid.
 

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I lived with it for a long time. My ears are ringing now. In fact, I thought it odd that I noticed it and then I noticed this thread. The full face is hard on the ears so I wear foam ear plugs. If you roll them right, they swell and filter out bad sound but let you hear what you need.

I have open face, 3/4, and full. The open face and 3/4 are great. The full face seems to amplify engine and wind noise but offers the most protection. Wearing FF will not damage your hearing. Wearing foam ear plugs will not damage your hearing. I sleep with them every night and have for 20 years.

I have learned to live with tinitus. I've not been diagnosed but know what it is. For some reason, it is bothering me at this moment. A little unusual because it rarely does to this degree. I know a guy that had it so bad, it affected much of his daily life. The last time I saw him, he was wearing hearing aids on both ears.
 

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Are you sure your helmet fits right? Look up some videos on full face helmet fit. Usually, a noisy full face helmet is the result of a bad fit. Not every helmet is made equal. Some fit some people, others fit other people. For example HJC fits me well, (and my mom, who loves HJC, we must have similar genes or something! :p). But my best friend gets horrible pressure when wearing an HJC lid AND huge gaps and says it's super noisy. (He just went online and bought one, instead of trying some on). Even after trying on other sizes he just couldn't find one that fit. Don't recall the brand he went with but it fits much better. Our heads don't look the same, so how could one helmet fit anyone?

There's more to it than size, there's also shape! Gotta try on different brands to combat that.
 

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Are you sure your helmet fits right? Look up some videos on full face helmet fit. Usually, a noisy full face helmet is the result of a bad fit. Not every helmet is made equal. Some fit some people, others fit other people. For example HJC fits me well, (and my mom, who loves HJC, we must have similar genes or something! :p). But my best friend gets horrible pressure when wearing an HJC lid AND huge gaps and says it's super noisy. (He just went online and bought one, instead of trying some on). Even after trying on other sizes he just couldn't find one that fit. Don't recall the brand he went with but it fits much better. Our heads don't look the same, so how could one helmet fit anyone?

There's more to it than size, there's also shape! Gotta try on different brands to combat that.
I'm no expert, but the helmet seems to fit perfect its snug but not tight, definitely not lose. its a vcan bluetooth modular, I did buy it online but measured head before I bought, and again it seems to fit perfect. I tried on m any helmets at a dealership. This seems to fit better than anything I tried on. Very frustrating.

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I'm 63 yrs old and have the ringing in the ears and I'm also going deft. You have to experiment with different ear plugs, thankfully they are all reasonably priced. Some work better than others for me, but I always will have to put up with some ringing after riding. Don't take NSIDS or aspirin before or during riding or the ringing will increase.

With the plugs I use now, the magnitude of the ringing is lower and usually goes away within 2 hrs after riding, unless I'm on a 2hr 75 mph ride, then I'm gonna have crickets in my ears for bout 6 hrs even with plugs. But without plugs at least 24 hrs.

Old Bear I was on a Browning M2 for awhile in Nam many yrs ago, I did not have ringing then, but firing it made my ears hurt some. The 60 didn't bother me though.
 

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Hey Keller,
Check out this thread.
http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26980

I found the etymotics to work well, but the fit isn't very comfortable.
I now use some of those 'earplane' type plugs from walmart. They really cut a lot of engine and wind noise, but still allow you to hear better than the foam ones.

BTW, it has to be VERY quiet for me to hear my ringing now.:)


A good source of information on helmets (including an evaluation of noisiness) can be found here.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmets.htm

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Hey Keller,
Check out this thread.
http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26980

I found the etymotics to work well, but the fit isn't very comfortable.
I now use some of those 'earplane' type plugs from walmart. They really cut a lot of engine and wind noise, but still allow you to hear better than the foam ones.

BTW, it has to be VERY quiet for me to hear my ringing now.:)


A good source of information on helmets (including an evaluation of noisiness) can be found here.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/motorcycle-helmets.htm

Scott
Awesome...thanks

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I've had tinnitus for decades. Lesson for new Army recruits: cigarette butts are not adequate hearing protection for live-fire ranges-especially the 50-cal M2. But DAMN, it's so much fun! Anyway, I use the ear plugs that are designed to net normal conversation through. They have a tiny hole in them, which can be plugged if desired. I think that helps, as the tiny hole also allows air pressure to stay balanced. Worth a try, should be able to find some for around $25.
What is the brand /model earplug? Thanks

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Okay has anybody tried the earplugs? They look like they may be a little uncomfortable under a helmet. But they're on the motorcycle ear plug website. I think to keep my head from feeling like its in a pressure cooker that I need something with a hole in the middle of it like these have. I'm nervous about the custom clay molds as I think I'm going to still experience the pressure cooker head feeling under the full face helmet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ORqitlojE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Okay begin ride again after 20 years, I do have tinitus For those of you who don't know tinitus is constant ringing in the ear.

Sounds horrible but you do get used to that ring and pretty much can be ignored.


If anybody has had success wearing certain earplugs, with full face helmet, that has tinitus too, please chime in and let me know what you did to help out with my problem. Thanks for all replies!
maybe try... E-A-R yellow plugs.
 

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I have tinitus as well. It has gotten so i dont even notice it most of the time and it doesnt bother me i have all 3 kinds of helmets but i wear a full face 90%of the time . I have found the wind noise more bothersome in the last few years so i have been wearing ear plugs with all 3 types of helmet or i have been using my mp3 player with good quality ear buds (found the sony ones to be the best) on long rides . The ringing does seem to be a little worse after a ride. Ringing now i was out on the bike for about an hour tonite. I think its all personal preference when it comes to ear plugs i tried all kinds and found the rubber ones that look kinda like little umbrellas and hang on a string around your neck when not in your ears but the ear buds work well for me with or without music. Anyway just my 2 cents worth good luck BB
 

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I have tinitus as well. It has gotten so i dont even notice it most of the time and it doesnt bother me i have all 3 kinds of helmets but i wear a full face 90%of the time . I have found the wind noise more bothersome in the last few years so i have been wearing ear plugs with all 3 types of helmet or i have been using my mp3 player with good quality ear buds (found the sony ones to be the best) on long rides . The ringing does seem to be a little worse after a ride. Ringing now i was out on the bike for about an hour tonite. I think its all personal preference when it comes to ear plugs i tried all kinds and found the rubber ones that look kinda like little umbrellas and hang on a string around your neck when not in your ears but the ear buds work well for me with or without music. Anyway just my 2 cents worth good luck BB
I have some of those the little umbrella with the string. When I use those with a full face helmet I get that plugged up pressure cooker feeling. I think it's worse on my ears then no ear plugs at all! I'm investigating some sure fire ear plugs that have a hole in the middle that vent. Thanks for input.

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I also have tinitus and a full-face helmet, and I haven't noticed any significant increase in the ringing, other than it's always louder after any kind of constant noise for me.

I do wear ear buds and listen to music most of the time on the bike, though, so that may make a difference.

I'm considering getting a half-helmet for the summer months...now that I have a bike with a windshield, the full-helmet is getting rather hot without that additional breeze coming in.
 

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I'm considering getting a half-helmet for the summer months...now that I have a bike with a windshield, the full-helmet is getting rather hot without that additional breeze coming in.
I've just about gave up on wearing my full face, not only is it hot but it takes away from my peripheral vision too much to suit me. I wear my 3/4 open face all the time now. Even considered buying a half helmet (the ones the emergency room folks call dunce caps).

In fact one of the reasons I wear a helmet is that it shields the wind noise and also keeps my ear plugs in. I still ride local for short (slow) rides with no helmet.
 

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Hear something really funny, I wear the attached ear plugs, with my half helmet today, and my ears are ringing more than with no ear plugs at all! My tinitus hates ear plugs, it actually makes it worse than no protection at all!

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Hear something really funny, I wear the attached ear plugs, with my half helmet today, and my ears are ringing more than with no ear plugs at all! My tinitus hates ear plugs, it actually makes it worse than no protection at all!

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You may actually have more going on than tinnitus such as nerve damage that causes a great sensitivity to various sounds. Time to see a specialist to help you find a workable solution when riding. You can't enjoy riding if this bothers you to such a degree.
 
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