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I know a lot of you ride with ear plugs but other than the obvious why do you do it? What are the benefits? I have tried it a couple of times and haven't really liked it. Granted, wind noise was reduced but so was sound from everything else. I could barely even hear the "glorious" sound of the 919

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I know a lot of you ride with ear plugs but other than the obvious why do you do it? What are the benefits? I have tried it a couple of times and haven't really liked it. Granted, wind noise was reduced but so was sound from everything else. I could barely even hear the "glorious" sound of the 919
Helps to stem hearing loss over time. You don't realize the damage that wind noise is doing to your ears until it's too late.




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Biggest reason is hearing protection, even with a helmet there is still a lot of wind noise that over time can affect your hearing.

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I rode 1400 mile in two days with just a half helmet and did permanent damage to my hearing the first day. Stuck cotton in my ears the second day.
My Arai does not seem so loud that I think I need plugs but that may be because my hearing is already damaged.

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I find that ear plugs make highway riding much more enjoyable and less tiresome. Riding long distances on the highway can really drain you and reduce your mental sharpness from all the wind, road and exhaust noise, earplugs greatly reduce that effect.

I don't wear earplugs for short rides around town, but for road trips or runs through the twisties I always wear them. Well worth the $2.99 for a 20 pack of foam ones at CVS or Walgreens.

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I have often wondered that myself. 17 years of riding without them and my hearing is perfect. We are regularly checked in the military and I have no detectable hearing loss.

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I'm planning to take a lengthy ride saturday morning, If I remember to do so I'll take the ear plug challenge. I've never even considered the use of them.

Full face helmet keeps the wind out, doesn't seem too loud at all. But it has been slightly louder since installing the TRSs.

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Reminder that proper insertion is everything. They can be stuck in but not filling the canal. Reach the opposite arm over your head & give the top of the ear a few tugs while inserting helps to sink it further.
My ears rang for two days after a 550mi trip to WV. Trackdays take a toll too.

Has anyone tried the silicone ones?

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I just rode 350 miles and used some foam ones part of the way. I liked that they decreased the wind noise but the change in the engine sound was not to my liking and I took them out.

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I finally wore ear plugs the last time I rode up to Malibu for Rob's most recent ride, 120 freeway miles the way I go. On the way back I forgot to put them in and at about the halfway mark noticed my ears were hurting. Consistent 80-90 mph cruising on the freeway brings some serious wind noise so I had to stop and put them in. Big difference. I'll never forget them again.

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Never tried them, seems to me that it would decrease your awareness of your surroundings?

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because you cant buy ears on ebay and hearing aids when youre old aint baller.
you hear just fine, people will have to speak up for you to hear them especially with a helmet on, but as far as traffic, you hear that just fine. but you prolly wont hear that cop siren if your booking like simpson does when he sees cops.

oh and you actually hear the bike motor and intake rather than that loud exhaust.
best part, no ringing ears when you lay down at night, and for some odd reason, youre not as tired.

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I started wearing ear plugs when I bought the 919 a couple years ago. I wasn't used to so much noise (had never owned a naked before) and got in the habit of wearing them for any rides over 30 minutes.

I'm considering getting a custom made set done for next year, but need to do some research and find out where to get them. Someone told me that stores that sell hearing aids will fabricate ear plugs for you and it's pretty reasonable.

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Thanks for all the feedback guys. I am going to try it for a week straight and see how that works.

Honestly never had ringing ears from riding though, even on the trip to California a few years back.

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i never ride without them. it makes the ride much more enjoyable.

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I had a set of custom molded silicone ear plugs made at the gunshow this weekend, and wore them for the first time yesterday. All I can say is WOW! I found myself riding faster, using my eyes instead of my ears to regulate speed, I was less tired after 2.5hrs riding, and my ears weren't ringing when I got off the bike. While I'm sure any plug would do, the custom ones worked better for me, stay in better, way easier to put in, although a little harder to get my helmet on/off, they are comfortable as heck once I do get in on. I can still hear whats going on around me, such as traffic and the bike, but none of the howl and scream that does all the damage while riding. I'll definatly be wearing them from now on, wish I had a long time ago, BEFORE I did so much damage to my hearing. It's amazing how it kinda accumulates on ya while you think nothing is wrong!





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Definitely going to try it as soon as it stops raining.

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I had a set of custom molded silicone ear plugs made at the gunshow this weekend, and wore them for the first time yesterday. All I can say is WOW! I found myself riding faster, using my eyes instead of my ears to regulate speed, I was less tired after 2.5hrs riding, and my ears weren't ringing when I got off the bike. While I'm sure any plug would do, the custom ones worked better for me, stay in better, way easier to put in, although a little harder to get my helmet on/off, they are comfortable as heck once I do get in on. I can still hear whats going on around me, such as traffic and the bike, but none of the howl and scream that does all the damage while riding. I'll definatly be wearing them from now on, wish I had a long time ago, BEFORE I did so much damage to my hearing. It's amazing how it kinda accumulates on ya while you think nothing is wrong!
I've considered some of those custom made ones, saw a booth at the MotoGP race. Sounds like I need to get some made!

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I've considered some of those custom made ones, saw a booth at the MotoGP race. Sounds like I need to get some made!

They have them at a lot of the gun shows in PA, I'll have to see if I can get a web site.




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I don't wear ear plugs, but I do wear ear buds connected to my MP3 player. They do a great job of blocking out wind noise, I still get to listen to my tunes and contrary to popular belief, they are no more distracting (to me at least) than listening to the radio in the truck.

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Just wear them! I'm not that old (35)and because of not wearing hearing protection while at work, Shooting, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, I have significant hearing loss in my right ear, plus a constant ringing that makes me want to stick an Icepick through my right eardrum at times. It something you can live with, but it affects you more than you would think, so why risk it??

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I'm been stone deaf in one ear all my life. I only have a 50% chance now, I'd hate to lose the other one too. I keep a couple of plugs in my tank bag, some in my jacket, and 2 under the sweat band in my helmet. After you get used to them you can hear quite well.

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its so easy to damage your hearing, and so easy to protect it too. just wear em damn it

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Reminder that proper insertion is everything. They can be stuck in but not filling the canal. Reach the opposite arm over your head & give the top of the ear a few tugs while inserting helps to sink it further.
I;m aware of this method, and often wear ear plugs at work, so I know how to put them in. My problem is when I slide my helmet on it wants to pull them out of my ears. I try to sink them in as deep as possible, but nothing works. Maybe I just have small ears. How do you guys get your helmet on without dislodging them? Maybe the custom ones might be a better solution for me.

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I always wear hearing protection while shooting. And from now on I will when I ride the bike too. This information is exactly why I come to this forum.

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Just wear them! I'm not that old (35)and because of not wearing hearing protection while at work, Shooting, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, I have significant hearing loss in my right ear, plus a constant ringing that makes me want to stick an Icepick through my right eardrum at times. It something you can live with, but it affects you more than you would think, so why risk it??
I also have significant hearing loss in my right ear from something called Meniere's disease. I have a surgically implanted valve to relieve the pressure on my inner ear, but it rings constantly, tinnunitus will be my lifelong companion. That and a youth spent at rock concerts, shooting guns and riding loud motorcycles had already done its damage, I'll be carefully protecting what hearing I have left at this point.

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Sorry an ice pick thru the eardrum won't work. Tinnunitus stills causes the ringing even if you're totally deaf. It's there till you check in at the morgue.

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I;m aware of this method, and often wear ear plugs at work, so I know how to put them in. My problem is when I slide my helmet on it wants to pull them out of my ears. I try to sink them in as deep as possible, but nothing works. Maybe I just have small ears. How do you guys get your helmet on without dislodging them? Maybe the custom ones might be a better solution for me.
I had the exact same problem and freaking hated it, made it really hard to enjoy my tunes on my commute. I bought a "beanie" to wear under my helmet that covers my ears. Put the plugs (foam or musical) in, put the beanie on and pull the helmet on. No more problem (for me). Whichever one you get, just be sure that it comes down at least half way over your ears.

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You might note the band of thermal material around the bottom of it, this is better than others I have tried that have a seam going right down the middle of my forehead. Always got weird looks from my co-workers with that seam implanted in my head all morning.

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I have a pair of etymotic earplugs. You can buy them through amazon.com for like 7 bucks shipped. I bought them initially for concerts...they work great! I also have a cap...simple piece of fabric. Pilots use them in jets and helicopters...

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I have a pair of etymotic earplugs. You can buy them through amazon.com for like 7 bucks shipped. I bought them initially for concerts...they work great! I also have a cap...simple piece of fabric. Pilots use them in jets and helicopters...
mikochu, I've always wondered if the long stems on these etymotic earplugs interfere with the helmet. Guess not?

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I definitely recommend custom ones. I have a custom pair that cost $75, and they are worth every penny. They fit perfectly in my ears and cut noise by just the right amount. They are no problem when putting on helmet on or taking it off.

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I use ear plugs made by Howard Leight that are made of an orange silicone that just push in and pull out without the annoying twisting and smashing of the foam ones. They are not quite as effective as foam, but I didn't want to block all the noise. I can still hear the bike and traffic, but speaking with someone with a helmet and plugs in can be difficult.


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when you can get rid of that distracting wind noise ,youll actuly hear your bike better and the autos around you no poop!!! i wear them in locomotives and in the van rides to the hotel cut down on road noise and the snoring conductors......

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Always wear the plugs the National Guard issued me for Interstate travel. Very comfortable. I find, like others have said, they block out the wind noise on highway trips and that you can hear your motor noises, not just your pipes.

So get you some ear plugs and listen to the beautiful Engine Music!


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I use the earplugs that the Army provided to me during weapons training. They're 25 years old, and still going strong. Came in their own little screw on cap container.

I did a two day trip from Indiana to New Hampshire once upon a time, without ear protection, and my ears rang *badly* for almost a week. Thought I was going to go bananas, before the ringing stopped. Learned my lesson, and have worn earplugs for most any ride over 15 minutes in length, ever since.

With the earplugs in, I can hear just fine for safety purposes, protect my ears, and don't experience the fatigue from sound exposure.
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i use these head phones for my i pod shuffle, they are called marshmelos, or however you spell it, and they block out almose all the wind noise, i can here trafic and i can enjoy my ride. 2 set of inserts they are rubbrizer kinda stuff and memory foam. the memory foam is the best for me. my wife and i both use them.

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