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Do your wear hearing protection when riding?

  • Yes, all of the time.

    Votes: 21 43.8%
  • Most of the time, unless it's just a short hop.

    Votes: 10 20.8%
  • Only on long rides.

    Votes: 5 10.4%
  • No, never.

    Votes: 12 25.0%

  • Total voters
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I was discussing this with jorider61 and thought it might be interesting to see how many people wear plugs.
 

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BTW, jorider61, I wore a set of plugs today that I bought a while back, (Westone Tru WR20), specifically because I know I should be wearing them, and I actually liked them. Now, if I can just make it a habit....

(and now I don't know how to answer my own pole).

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Every time I put my helmet on the plugs go in, Mike glad to hear you put your ear plugs in. I won't bust your chops about it any more LOL...
 

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Foam earplugs every time I ride. I even carry a baggie of spare earplugs on the bike in case I'm ever caught in a situation where I might need some extras.
 

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I ride with a radar detector and use noise cancelling ear buds connected to it. Does that count? It blocks a lot of the wind noise.


I would definitely use plugs if I didn't have the ear buds. When one of them gets dislodged the wind noise is very annoying.
 

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Disposable foam plugs every time. Radar detector flashes a red led in my face. I have tinnitus already and don't want to make it worse.
 

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I don't wear earplugs...actually, i never felt that the noise from my bikes were that loud.

However, i do realize that I am likely causing damage although I don't feel like I am being affected. This is one of the reasons that I have decided to trade in my GSX-S1000 naked for a Zero SR/F.

I ride about 20-50 miles on back roads when I am out, so the transition to electric (limited range) works for me.
 

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I don't wear earplugs...actually, i never felt that the noise from my bikes were that loud.

However, i do realize that I am likely causing damage although I don't feel like I am being affected. This is one of the reasons that I have decided to trade in my GSX-S1000 naked for a Zero SR/F.

I ride about 20-50 miles on back roads when I am out, so the transition to electric (limited range) works for me.
I think the majority of the noise comes from the wind, so eMC won't help you there, and I'm sure the SR/F is plenty fast.
 

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I think the majority of the noise comes from the wind, so eMC won't help you there, and I'm sure the SR/F is plenty fast.
At the end of the day, I am cutting out some noise, so the SR/F will help in that effort. Ride an eMC and you will notice the difference in the noise level.

The SR/f is fast if that's how you ride it. I am mainly on back roads well under highway speeds.
 

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Some of the time. Lost the total hearing in my right ear in my 20s due to an ear infection. The hearing loss does come in handy at times when driving in the car. Lol

Worst thing is trying to find a cordless phone when it's ringing.
 

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It is not about the noise from the bike,...... it is wind noise. The human head was not designed to cut through the wind at these speeds, and the ear simply has no defense against it without hearing protection. It does not hurt. No warning. By the time one realizes it, it is too late and hearing loss is irreversible, and the most common excuse is '...it does not bother me', according with Motorcycle magazines.

At 40 mph (64 kmh) wind noise is passing 90db which is beyond what the OSHA allows in the US at the workplace without hearing protection, for prolonged period of time.


….I discovered had acquired tinnitus after just a 15 miles (24 km) motorcycle ride without hearing protection. Now I insert ear plugs even to ride around the block. It may be an inconvenient to put them on, but a whole lot better than going deaf.

…..the plus side is; with ear plugs, everything gets quiet and relax, you can actually hear the engine,....and the best analogy is; like the difference between going in the highway with windows rolled down in a car, and windows up and A/C on. The ear plugs are actually noise filters, not plugs. Riding is not longer that pleasant, unless I have them on.
 

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It's the one thing I can't ride without. Riding at anything more than 60km/hr without them is painful after having worn them for the past few years. I use custom molded plugs made by an ear mould Australia provider. I can still hear my new cardo freedom 4+ through them at highway speeds.
 

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always have and always will...wind noise drives me crazy, foam ears plugs work great and I can still hear the M4 exhaust just fine, as can everyone else within a 5 mile radius.
 

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Yes, always. Once upon a time my ears were critical for the work I was doing, so I am conditioned. Out of habit I still wear plugs for mundane tasks like mowing the lawn and air travel. I recently drove a few highway hours in my Jeep Wrangler - had the doors and top off - and when I got to my destination I could tell my ears weren't happy. So on the return trip I wore plugs.
 

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I used to commute 70 miles each way on the freeway for about a year. Now, I have to crank up most speakers when i want to listen to anything. :(

Currently, I'm using either Surefire EP7 or Jaybird Freedom F5, both of which are low profile and work great under a helmet.

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Yes I always wear ear plugs! I can’t ride without them. Wind noise is horrible on your ears! Have read that anything over 70mph is causing irreversible damage. Like others have said you can still hear everything but it filters out soo much of the loud noises. Did ride from a friends house home which is less than 1/2 a mile from my house without them in and it amazed me just how loud it is without them! Just shutting my visor sounded like someone slamming an old storm door!
 

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Yes, I wear custom earplugs with built in IEM. Useful for sat navs/speed camera van alerts etc.

It's a bit of a case of closing the door after the horse has bolted as what seems many years ago I was in the Army and worked on tanks. Too macho to wear ear defenders all the time and now get tinnitus and struggle to hear properly in noisy environments like pubs.

Moral of the story, wear ear plugs or spend most of your pub time nodding and pulling what you hope is an appropriate look as you try and guess the missing words.
 
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