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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ear plugs for motorcycle riding

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So I watched this video from youtube titled
. They do have some great points on why it's hard just to get generic earplugs. The youtube video was made by these guys called Big Ear Inc. You should probably check the video and their website to get what I'm saying. I have sensitive ears and have been having trouble with generic earplugs for years.

My questions are:

Do you guys wear earplugs because I know a lot of people who don't?

How was your experience with wearing earplugs?

Are these custom earplugs worth spending for?


I hope you guys can help me with this as this has been a dilemma.

Thanks in advance!

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Yes, I must have my ears plugged somehow. Just the lack of wind noise makes each ride that much more enjoyable. I wish I discovered that 20 years ago but better late than never.
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I used to use these Radians custom molded ones that you used to be able to order from Amazon.

https://www.radians.com/radsite/inde...olded-earplugs


Eventually I lost them and now I just use these I bought at the local CVS, they seem to work just fine

https://www.cvs.com/shop/cvs-health-...-prodid-983037
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Ear protection is like anything else, you get what you pay for.

That being said, of course a custom plug manufacturer is going to make a video trying to convince you that generic plugs don't work and so I will say that they are full of shit. One can buy good quality generic plugs that work well. The difference is that those plugs are closed-cell expanding foam compared to silicone and just don't last as long.

If you wear earplugs often, it's worth the custom fit. If you don't wear them often, don't bother, you will lose them before they pay for themselves.
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Go to your local audiologist. Pay a few bucks to get custom made plugs and you will be set to keep your hearing as you get to the "Golden Age".

Currently have a set for concerts, another for hunting/range, one for mowing my lawn and another set for my motorbike. All good investments.

The best generic plugs I found that work for me are the EP7 Sonic Defenders by Surefire. Cheapish, comfy and seals pretty well.
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Yes, I must have my ears plugged somehow. Just the lack of wind noise makes each ride that much more enjoyable. I wish I discovered that 20 years ago but better late than never.
I was diagnosed with mild hyperacusis(noise sensitivity) and it's not the bike's sound that hurt my ears too. It's really the wind noise. I now use a scarf so the the wind doesn't go all the way in under the helmet. But I still need earplugs.
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I used to use these Radians custom molded ones that you used to be able to order from Amazon.

Eventually I lost them and now I just use these I bought at the local CVS, they seem to work just fine
Seems like I have narrow ear canals that makes wearing generic plugs hurt. I used Howard Leight Laser lites and Eargasm the past 2 months and I end up with irritated ears each time. Haven't tried these two though.
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Ear protection is like anything else, you get what you pay for.

That being said, of course a custom plug manufacturer is going to make a video trying to convince you that generic plugs don't work and so I will say that they are full of shit. One can buy good quality generic plugs that work well. The difference is that those plugs are closed-cell expanding foam compared to silicone and just don't last as long.

If you wear earplugs often, it's worth the custom fit. If you don't wear them often, don't bother, you will lose them before they pay for themselves.
Well, in my case I have to use earplugs because of my condition. It's still something minor but I don't want it to worsen. I've been using earplugs too for about a year now since getting diagnosed. It's just that I don't feel comfortable with generic ones because of my narrow ear canals.
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Go to your local audiologist. Pay a few bucks to get custom made plugs and you will be set to keep your hearing as you get to the "Golden Age".

Currently have a set for concerts, another for hunting/range, one for mowing my lawn and another set for my motorbike. All good investments.

The best generic plugs I found that work for me are the EP7 Sonic Defenders by Surefire. Cheapish, comfy and seals pretty well.
Haven't tried this brand. I might check it first before I decide if I'm going to buy custom earplugs or not. Thanks!
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Seems like I have narrow ear canals that makes wearing generic plugs hurt. I used Howard Leight Laser lites and Eargasm the past 2 months and I end up with irritated ears each time. Haven't tried these two though.
Whilst riding and having my head jammed in a helmet going triple digit speeds (on the track of course) I don't tend to notice I'll be honest. Although, when I was flying from NYC to Dubai earlier this year and I was trying to get some shut eye in a cabin with a 1/2 dozen crying infants on board I tried to use typical foam earplugs and I did notice they began to feel a little irritating after a while too.

So perhaps custom is the way to go for you.
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When you go to a racing tire shop, they're going to convince you why your S22 tires are just not good enough for daily driving so you buy their product. It's the same thing here.

Basically, this is a scare-tactic to boost their sales. I have custom ear plugs and IEM setups that I got from an audiologist, which is far more trustworthy than a company run by a person that doesn't even have a degree in the field he's selling in. These are decent custom-molds, but don't let them fool you into thinking that HEARO plugs aren't good enough.

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Whilst riding and having my head jammed in a helmet going triple digit speeds (on the track of course) I don't tend to notice I'll be honest. Although, when I was flying from NYC to Dubai earlier this year and I was trying to get some shut eye in a cabin with a 1/2 dozen crying infants on board I tried to use typical foam earplugs and I did notice they began to feel a little irritating after a while too.

So perhaps custom is the way to go for you.
Yeah, I guess I should really spend money for customs.
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When you go to a racing tire shop, they're going to convince you why your S22 tires are just not good enough for daily driving so you buy their product. It's the same thing here.

Basically, this is a scare-tactic to boost their sales. I have custom ear plugs and IEM setups that I got from an audiologist, which is far more trustworthy than a company run by a person that doesn't even have a degree in the field he's selling in. These are decent custom-molds, but don't let them fool you into thinking that HEARO plugs aren't good enough.
You're right. But things might work for others but might not work for you and in this case that's all I can think about. I just hope I can get something that would work best for me. Thanks!
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Re: Ear plugs for motorcycle riding

On the track, I have always used earplugs and never on the street. At track speeds, the noise levels go way up due to higher engine revs and higher speed wind hitting your helmet. Never felt the need on the street, but I also worry about not hearing sirens or horns on the street.
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It's the wind noise that gets you, even at low speeds. Good 33NRR foam plugs are very effective if you put them in correctly. I've seen people barely poke them in and have them hanging out of their ear. You're supposed to roll them between your fingers and plug them all the way in there.

Not wearing ear plugs every time you ride is just inviting hearing loss.
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I also worry about not hearing sirens or horns on the street.
I used to think that way too until I actually started using ear plugs on the street which explains why it took me decades to jump on the ear plug bandwagon in the first place. Trust me you still hear everything just fine.
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If you are in a situation where you will earplugs often, go custom. Full stop.
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i use putty ones.
work fine for me.

100% reccomend.
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Used Alpines for about 10 years for those few times a year I actually bothered to plug them in
Figured getting a bit older, it might just be a good idea to start wearing them more often and got a set of custom formed ones
went to an audiologist, got a hearing test included (after dozens of concerts and 13 years of aftermarket dampers, I still have 20-20 vision YEY! )

Well, night and day, these things actually make me go riding to enjoy peace and quiet (mind you, they do allow sound like sirens and horns to come through),
and best of all, even after hours on the bike, they don't start irritating

Pricey (but if you ask me, in a bike-accessory context, cheap) but worth it

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Re: Ear plugs for motorcycle riding

I always wear ears plugs now, makes riding that much more enjoyable and less tiring, since installing a slip on exhaust which was louder than OEM.

I've found a generic ear plug which works great for me, have tried some other brands, which I didn't like as much.

The most important aspect with generic ears plugs is correct fitment, and rolling the plug into a thin sausage between your finger tips, and correctly inserting it into your ear canal, and holding it in lightly while it expands in your ear.

I've seen so many people with generic plugs, that aren't installed correctly, with the plug sitting on the out side of there ear canal, doing squat...


Wearing the ear plugs with my louder than OEM exhaust, I can hear my induction noise alot more...... which Sounds Awesome, while the plugs cut the exhaust and wind noise down heaps at the same time... Win Win...

Another positive with generic plugs is, you can throw them away when they get dirty from ear wax, and install fresh clean plugs, without having to stuff ass about cleaning them.

I have no problem hearing other road users while out on the street, with ear plugs fitted.

Generic ear plugs work, as do custom fitted plugs.

If generic and custom ear plugs aren't fitted correctly, they both won't do there job correctly...

That video is just marketing BS...... to just sell more custom ear plugs.

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