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View Poll Results: Do your wear hearing protection when riding?
Yes, all of the time. 16 50.00%
Most of the time, unless it's just a short hop. 7 21.88%
Only on long rides. 3 9.38%
No, never. 6 18.75%
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post #21 of 32 Old 08-05-2019, 07:50 PM
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I use a molded silicone plug in the left ear and a disposable foam cylinder shaped one in the right ear.
The ear on the right rattles unless the ear drum is pushed in a bit. But all good with both silicone plugs with power tools and the petrol mower.

I know now the road vibration comes up the seat via the shock, up my spine, and into the ears.
If I lightly press vertically below the ear(s) (while on the bike riding) at base of the helmet foam, the ear rattle stops.
That foam plug works, where other things like extra padding inside the helmet or even putting a rubber band around the ear all failed.

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Never used ear plugs.
63 years old, perfect hearing throughout the sound spectrum; 20 / 20 vision without glasses or contacts; and last month I even grew 1/8 inch. (artificial disk inserted into my neck on July 2). Got back on bikes August 1.
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This is one of those situations you can either learn from others or learn the hard way. Hearing loss is gradual and irreversible. By the time you realize the problem and decide to correct your actions it's too late.

I have worn them and helmets since day 1 and can't ride without either. I was on a long day trip years ago and while stopping for a break I dropped one of my plugs in the toilet. Decided to ride for a while without them. One thing I found that I hadn't anticipated was how much more quickly I fatigued without them. I finally found a grocery store but they didn't sell them. Asking around, one of the warehouse workers gave me a set of theirs. They were the Howard Leight Laser Lite plugs, so comfortable you don't even know they are there but so quiet.

https://www.uline.com/BL_1071/Laser-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Many folks are concerned about being able to hear things like cars and such when wearing them. I attribute them to be similar to sunglasses. Sunglasses impair your vision, but with excess light it reduces it to the point where it's usable again. It's similar with earplugs, I find I can hear things that stand out better when the overall noise level is reduced.
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I never wear them, i have a scala rider so i always listen to music, i can still hear the bike and stuff around, also have it linked to my garmin sat nav so if i need to turn it off in a hurry i can by a touch of the garmin screen
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I don't wear them, and can still hear a mouse fart 50 yards out.
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I don't wear them, and can still hear a mouse fart 50 yards out.
Always wondered why my hearing aid squeaked so much. Must get some cheese for the trap's.

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I don't wear them, and can still hear a mouse fart 50 yards out.


Ah! But can you smell it?
Serious question, all those years of motorcycle riding and fresh air could seriously block your nasal passages. Think of all those flies you have probably inhaled


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Ah! But can you smell it?
Serious question, all those years of motorcycle riding and fresh air could seriously block your nasal passages. Think of all those flies you have probably inhaled
Side note, butterflies taste awful. Ironically, same day I lost my earplugs.

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Unfortunately I already have tinnitus from the military and working in a factory. But I have ridden with was plugs and head phones and I just feel like I'm not fully aware of what's going on around me when I can't hear everything. I know that will be challenged by the people who feel that you can hear more or better when wearing ear plugs and I'm not arguing that I'm just saying that when wearing them I guess I feel even more paranoid of the cagers around me if you can understand what I mean
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