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post #21 of 27 Old 08-12-2019, 01:42 PM
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I know that these mask the noise, but I wonder if, even though you are not hearing the sound, if it is still penetrating your ears. Not sure if I'm asking the correct question, but it is the noise that causes fatigue and over a long period of time, tinnitus in many people.

Can the noise you are not hearing, cause damage? Is masking really blocking?

No....that isn't how noise cancelling works.

It works by actually cancelling the sound. Sound is waves of pressure pushing and pulling on your eardrum. When a noise cancelling earbud detects a push from outside, it creates a pull of equal strength. The net effect is that neither a push nor a pull makes it to your eardrum. They're not 100% effective, but the amount that is left and the amount added by the noise cancellation that is not offset is a small fraction of the original noise.
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I am a true believer in using ear plugs and use them each and every time I ride. Over the years I have tried almost everything from foam, to molded to electronic but find myself gravitating back to foam which I use for a few times and then discard without the inconvenience of cleaning. About 25-30 dB reduction at the low frequencies muffles most engine and some wind noises while allowing me adequate awareness of surroundings.
I ride with a modular Shoei and Sena SRL comm. inter-phased with the bike so all comm, GPS instructions, music, phone calls, etc come though the Sena.

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I am a true believer in using ear plugs and use them each and every time I ride. Over the years I have tried almost everything from foam, to molded to electronic but find myself gravitating back to foam which I use for a few times and then discard without the inconvenience of cleaning. About 25-30 dB reduction at the low frequencies muffles most engine and some wind noises while allowing me adequate awareness of surroundings.
I ride with a modular Shoei and Sena SRL comm. inter-phased with the bike so all comm, GPS instructions, music, phone calls, etc come though the Sena.
Years ago when I was using ear plugs daily, they were the simple Hearos foams. I didn't use a comm system or otherwise listen to music at the time, so foam plugs did the trick. Based on my past experience, I thought foam plugs wouldn't work well with Comm system functions. Coincidentally, I just found an old bag of Hearos that I thought were long gone. I'll try them out with my comm system (similar set up to yours) to see how they compare to the EarPeace plugs.

I took a ride yesterday without the EarPeace plugs to compare the with/without experiences while it was fresh in my mind. When I started music, the volume setting left over from the previous day EarPeace ride almost blew my ears out. It was almost maxed. I underestimated how much I had turned up the volume to compensate for all the noise (and music level) reduction. The medium level 20 EarPeace SNR filter installed out of the box is probably too much reduction for effective music and intercom system use. I'm going to try out the included lower level 17 SNR filter to see if it's a better compromise.

BTW, that modular Shoei NeoTec2 is a great helmet. Good choice.
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For me, Bose QC-20 ear buds are the best thing out there. I can ride 6 hours straight at 85mph like last weekend and I was in peace & quiet the entire time. No fatigue or drone whatsoever. No popping, just bliss.
I religiously use Bose quietcontrol 30 noise canceling. Has an Bose IOS app that allows you to adjust the noise canceling. Bluetooth. And have added Bluetooth “big buttons” remote to phone to control volume, tracks, and play/ pause with gloves on easily. Great setup. I will cancel at about 3/4, full if on interstate noise and long run. Music is great when knocking out the other noise. My ears thank me.

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In town I ride with the visor up, but over 45mph I keep my visor down. After I put on a 7Jurock windshield and some masking tape over the ear bud sensor ports, it eliminated the turbulence, and as such, eliminatinated the popping. I really get next to no pops at all, even with cruise set at 85.
The masking tape is a great idea; the sensor ports - are they the small holes on the outside of the earbuds?
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The masking tape is a great idea; the sensor ports - are they the small holes on the outside of the earbuds?
Yes, that's what I'm calling the sensor ports. I really have no idea what those holes are or do, but I read on another form that it helps with the popping, so I tried it. I actually found the 7Jurock windshield to be the biggest influencer at preventing the popping. And a good fitting, quality full-face/modular helmet.
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@atc250r , pretty good bet the holes are air holes to alleviate feedback/pressure; all of the hearing aids I've ever had have air holes.

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