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post #1 of 17 Old 09-07-2020, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Need earplug suggestions - Better than Nonoise

I've been using the same pair of Nonoise plugs for the last 3 years, and I don't think they have gotten any worse but they weren't great to begin with. Has anyone found any earplugs that work better than Nonoise, or are my expectations just too high?

For reference I wear either a Shark Skwal or HJC RPHA 11, both of them supposedly among the quietest helmets on the market, and with both of them it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel when riding on the highway. I'm fairly certain that after 3 years of using the Nonoise, I've gotten the hang of getting them plugged into my ears correctly.

Also: does anyone run active noise-cancelling ear buds in place of earplugs? I'm considering getting rid of my Sena comms units altogether, and ANC ear buds seem like they'd kill two birds with one stone.

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-08-2020, 09:30 AM
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I use Pinkock filtered earplugs.
I really like them.
Similar concept as the No Noise, so they may not be much different?

They reduce wind/road noise but still allow you to hear vital sounds and my Sena.

I have a Shoei RF-SR.
There is a significant difference in wind noise when wearing them at highway speeds.
But it’s the first and only earplug I’ve ever used, so I don’t have a frame of reference to compare to others.

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

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I use whatever I can get in a box from Grainger with a NRR of 32 or higher and no filtering. There's no loss of traffic awareness after you get used to them. I have stock exhausts on all of my motorcycles, but realized about 20 years ago that wind noise causes more deafness and fatigue during a long day of riding than loud exhausts. A big way to cut down on wind noise is to get a "sock" for the bottom of your helmet to seal around your neck.

I have not had good luck with the reusable rubber or silicone ear plugs. They stick out too far and contact the helmet, causing conduction of the airflow over the helmet noise directly into my skull.
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I use Pinkock filtered earplugs.
I really like them.
Similar concept as the No Noise, so they may not be much different?

They reduce wind/road noise but still allow you to hear vital sounds and my Sena.

I have a Shoei RF-SR.
There is a significant difference in wind noise when wearing them at highway speeds.
But itís the first and only earplug Iíve ever used, so I donít have a frame of reference to compare to others.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/pinlock-earplugs
I have the pinlocks too, and they work really well. My only issue with them is getting them to stay in. I have small ear canals, which may be part of the problem.
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How do these earplugs affect your ability to hear sirens and horns?

ďI said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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How do these earplugs affect your ability to hear sirens and horns?
I can still hear them fine with the Pinlocks.
Granted everything is quieter.
When off the bike with them in and helmet on you can hold a conversation, can’t hear as good as normal but well enough to hear and talk.

If you ride a lot and at highway speeds, I can’t see how they are not protecting you from long term damage.

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I have the pinlocks too, and they work really well. My only issue with them is getting them to stay in. I have small ear canals, which may be part of the problem.
I have large ear canals.
I wear the large size and they fit perfect.
Never have any issues with them not staying put, and they are very comfortable during a day of riding.
My wife wears the small size and they fit perfect for her.

I just have the basic Sena speakers and they actually make the sound quality better.
They make it less shrilly, granted you do have to turn the volume up louder.
But can still hear the music at 90 mph.

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I cannot hear my SMH10R's at anything above 60mph with the Nonoise plugs. Sounds like there are indeed better options on the market. Thanks guys!

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I use the old Max Lite foam plugs. Throw a pair away every week or so once they are dirty. Can hear my Sena at 70mph no problem. Wear a Shoei RF1100.
Tried a couple of different styles of the custom molded plugs, but after more than 20 minutes, they hurt my ears.
For me the foam ones are cheap and i just keep an extra set in my jacket.
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I’ve worked in a bunch of manufacturing jobs and tried a bunch of earplugs. These are the best I found. They are soft and have very little pressure on the ear canal. I wear them on the bike (with a Sena) and I sleep with them in every night. A couple years ago picked up a 200-pair pack on eBay for like $12 and still have most of them left.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-E-A-R-E-A-.../dp/B00IA7HT8G

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I'm super conflicted on that Amazon link. The picture says "1000 Pack", but the price-per-unit shows $4.00/100, but then the packaging info says the quantity is 200. So its either $.04/pc, $.20/pc or $4/pc. Either way pretty damn cheap but man I wish I knew which it was.

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Here’s a 200 pair pack for $28. I would double check with the seller to make sure they’re all individually bagged in pairs. I keep a couple pairs in each jacket and under the seat. If you google search that 312-1256 number it brings up a lot of sellers.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-Ear-Soft...x/303225853015

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How do these earplugs affect your ability to hear sirens and horns?
It's easier for me to hear the sirens through my Sena and earplugs than it is for me to hear the sirens over HVAC, rolled up windows (not even the low noise windows like BMW and Mercedes advertise), and whatever my wife has on the radio when we drive somewhere.

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I use Bose QC20 active noise cancelling headphones. They outperform the foam earplugs by quite the margin. I'd guess that some would complain of it being TOO quiet. You cannot hear anything. You won't hear a siren until it's right behind you. They were amazing for doing 10-12 hours a day on the highway cutting across the country, listening to my tunes plugged into my comms though. They stay in my ears and are comfortable.

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I use Bose QC20 active noise cancelling headphones. They outperform the foam earplugs by quite the margin. I'd guess that some would complain of it being TOO quiet. You cannot hear anything. You won't hear a siren until it's right behind you. They were amazing for doing 10-12 hours a day on the highway cutting across the country, listening to my tunes plugged into my comms though. They stay in my ears and are comfortable.
I read through a whole thread about these on the ADVRider forums. I don't mind the wires, but I'm concerned about losing controls for music and calls that I've got with my Sena unit. How's that work with the QC20's?

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Instead of the speakers, I have the headphones plugged into the unit. I can still use all the controls on my cardo unit.

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Instead of the speakers, I have the headphones plugged into the unit. I can still use all the controls on my cardo unit.

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Agh, well the Bose's are out. The connectors on my Sena units don't match up, and my stupid phone doesn't have a headphone jack. Foamies it is!

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