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Ear plugs

I currently use these; https://www.earpeace.co.uk/ but every time I take my helmet off the drop out on the floor!





I saw these and wondered if anybody had tried them; https://www.flareaudio.com/collections/isolate I also wonder how you measure which size you need!!

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I saw these and wondered if anybody had tried them; https://www.flareaudio.com/collections/isolate I also wonder how you measure which size you need!!
I bought a pair of the Flairaudio plugs when they were looking for funding on Kickstarter. I tried them several times, but did not find them to be especially comfortable or effective - for me. If I remember correctly, at the time I got them they came with several different sized outer pieces that can be swapped out for a better fit. Only the inner metallic part is/was common to all plugs. I never had a problem with them failing out when removing my helmet.
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Have a custom set made for your ears. They never fall out and are very effective at blocking noise.


https://www.fit-ear.com/store/c3/Motorcycle_.html
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Have a custom set made for your ears. They never fall out and are very effective at blocking noise.


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It seems that many riders just don't understand how hearing damage will be very expensive and life changing. If they did, they'd be doing exactly what you suggest which is one of two solutions: If you want audio (intercom, music, phone, etc) then get the absolute best custom molded solution you can buy; or if audio isn't important wear the cheap foam plugs available from most drug stores. Both solutions provide excellent noise attenuation.

There's no reason at all to buy custom molded plugs when the foam plugs are as good or better for pennies. But if you want audio, then in-ear-monitors, ear phones, that are custom molded and made of medical grade soft silicone are the best protection for your hearing. Don't be sucked in to ear phones that aren't custom molded out of soft silicone. After a few hours of riding your ears will hurt and you won't wear them making them useless for protecting your hearing.

Many of us wear these:

https://www.sensaphonics.com/d2

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https://www.sensaphonics.com/2x-s

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I use these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They are uncomfortable after about 3-4 hours of riding but only if you really push them in deep (I do).

I already have tinnitus/hearing loss so I am trying to limit the damage and I generally wear ear plugs anytime I am around high noise levels or exposed for long periods.

Someone posted a chart on another thread that shows the noise level/time exposure relationship and it agrees with what my ear doctor told me some years ago.

Having been in and out of manufacturing plants since I was 18 years old has taken its toll especially those early years when I wore no ear protection at all.

Lucky I can still hear at all. Like skin cancer, the damage done when you are young doesn't usually show up until many years later.



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The inexpensive foam ear plugs work very well for me. Through them, I can hear my in-helmet speakers (cranked up to max volume) well enough. That really simplifies my audio setup, since it's just the in-helmet bluetooth headset connected to my smartphone.

With earplugs, it is just as important to fill the ear canal as much as practically possible. Just blocking sound pressure from entering isn't enough. If the ear canal has dead air space, any vibration that gets transmitted through your soft tissue and facial bone will induce a standing wave in that air cavity and causes a booming noise. The soft foam earplugs take care of this quite well by filling the ear canal as well as providing a good outer seal. Audio earbuds, OTOH, needs some air space for them to work properly.

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.

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Has anyone used ear plugs that utilize attenuation filters? Like Pinlock Earplugs, Eargasm Earplugs ....
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I bought a custom set of earplugs at a gun show many years ago and it's the best money I ever spent. My ears would get sore from the little rubber ones but now I don't even know they're in my ears and I can hear my music just fine.

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In the UK, you might consider https://www.customfitguards.co.uk/cf-auto, they work well for me.

In ear monitors are also available.

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I bought $700 Sensaphonics, but I much prefer the Bose QC-20 noise cancelling ear buds. After using my Sensaphonics for 2 years, a buddy let me try his Bose for a weekend ride. After that ride I bought my own set, and the Sensaphonics have not been used since. For less than half-price and a 30-day money-back guarantee, I highly suggest people order the Bose and give them a try. If you don't like them, return them. Something you can't do (unfortunately) with Sensaphonics.

The Bose do "pop" with air pressure changes when riding at high-speed (>75+) or when meeting semi's, but that isn't too big of a deal to me. Still better isolation than the Sensaphonics, and more comfortable.

Last year I had to make a 400 mile trip on a day with a 45mph headwind. The wind noise was so bad that I pulled over and put the Bose away and used disposable MAX ear plugs for the remainder of the trip. In conditions like that, nothing works as well as these, in my opinion. I always carry disposable MAX ear plugs on my bike for such cases.

https://www.howardleight.com/earplugs/max

Here are the Bose https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/...eadphones.html
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