Hearing Protection - Page 2 - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Rider's Gear Discuss protective riding gear

 9Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-15-2017, 08:18 PM
Member
 
Shaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Thunder Bay, Canada
Posts: 17
Garage
Hey I am still very new to riding only 1800km so far. I have been wearing in ear headphones for most of my riding. I really enjoyed having ear plugs in but missed having music.

Any suggestions?

My current idea is speakers in my helmet and wear ear plugs
Shaun is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-16-2017, 09:24 AM
FMB
Member
 
FMB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 15
Garage
Earplugs

Quote:
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman View Post
I'd also like to add that I got a set of "custom molded-ear-plugs" that were QUITE 'spendy'....

DON'T know if they work, as they are EXTREMELY painful under my helmet(s).
A freind of mine swears by them, but I couldn't bring myself to be that spendy...it must be annoying to find they wouldn't work for you. I'll stick to the foamies for now.

I see my therapist every day. He's Labrador Retriever named Monty.
FMB is offline  
post #23 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-16-2017, 03:37 PM
Member
 
chid's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 705
the noise is just the effect of air turbulences produced by the windshield.
using earplugs is just fighting the effect.... the same thing I did before...

but with the new windshield from Givi, AirFlow, I find that I have a LOT less noise, up to higher than allowed speeds.
I do use earplugs on linger rides, but the windshield protects me now very well.
I don't work for Givi.

Versys 2015 Green
chid is offline  
 
post #24 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-16-2017, 06:36 PM
Member
 
bigaussie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 806
Garage
I have the cheap hearing aids - only $5,000 pair, but because I have fairly severe loss (-60 to - 80 dB) I use 'c-shell' receivers which are effectively ear plus as well. I don't use the open mushroom domes that most people have.

I got my audiologist to create a 'motorcycle' channel for me that has no amplification in the high and low frequencies and very minimal amplification in the human voice / mid-range.

This enables me to ride in comfort, no fatigue, etc. but still talk to people with the helmet on. I can't have a conversation without my aids (helmet or not) so riding without is not an option.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


"The happiest people donít have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bigaussie is offline  
post #25 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 10:04 AM
Member
 
gotfz1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 127
Would not ride without hearing protection. Yet, I'm usually the first to hear emergency vehicles.

In the past have used laser lites (bulk box from amazon, pairs wrapped individually so great for tossing them in luggage or gear where you might need them).

But also use Etymotic buds (er6 in the past, mc-5 now) when I want to hear gps etc. The largest foam tips they offer fit my ears great. So well that even when not using any audio source will use them for protection. Can be washed and reused many times before needing replacement.

Look at me!
gotfz1 is offline  
post #26 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 03:43 PM
Member
 
chrisfla1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Silver Springs, FL
Posts: 110
I carry earplugs in my motorcycle vest, but I never wear them while I'm riding. On the contrary -- the earplugs and the Rolaids I always carry are to muffle the horribly loud music and counteract the greasy food at the motorcycle events I attend. Oh -- and don't forget the sunscreen!
chrisfla1 is offline  
post #27 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-20-2017, 10:08 AM
Member
 
quexpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 525
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisfla1 View Post
I carry earplugs in my motorcycle vest, but I never wear them while I'm riding. On the contrary -- the earplugs and the Rolaids I always carry are to muffle the horribly loud music and counteract the greasy food at the motorcycle events I attend. Oh -- and don't forget the sunscreen!

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
quexpress is offline  
post #28 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 08:29 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Framingham, MA USA
Posts: 11
I like the Alpine Party Plugs. They're small and instead of blocking all the noise they just lower the dB level. They come with a nice keychain case that's tiny.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	AplinePartyPlugs.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	39.4 KB
ID:	114369  
interactive3 is offline  
post #29 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-29-2017, 08:04 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kitchener Ontario
Posts: 2,660
Very Interesting

Quote:
Originally Posted by interactive3 View Post
I like the Alpine Party Plugs. They're small and instead of blocking all the noise they just lower the dB level. They come with a nice keychain case that's tiny.
I found their site and they have motorcycle specific ear plugs, these are of interest to me as they allow some speech frequencies to come thorough. With a hearing loss, my only choice for understanding what someone is saying is to use my cell phone set on text messaging with the mic turned on, have the person talk into it then I read it, let's say a PITA. So I copied their link;https://www.alpinehearingprotection....lugs/motosafe/

After further reading, it may be a case that the "Party Plug" is more readily available at a better price, also found some very negative reviews for the Moto, however it was only a couple people. I guess I would ask for those that have these to point to a unbiased review. The ear plugs I use have a 30 DB reduction, I have a 28 DB loss at the 800 to 1 KHZ, so for me, I need to be able to read lips with the helmet on and ear plugs in.

Last edited by onewizard; 01-29-2017 at 08:21 AM.
onewizard is offline  
post #30 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-29-2017, 01:36 PM
Member
 
bigaussie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 806
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by onewizard View Post
I have a 28 DB loss at the 800 to 1 KHZ, so for me, I need to be able to read lips with the helmet on and ear plugs in.
I have a -60 to -70 dB loss, so rely a lot on lip reading and body language, even with hearing aids in.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


"The happiest people donít have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bigaussie is offline  
post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-29-2017, 07:48 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kitchener Ontario
Posts: 2,660
Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by interactive3 View Post
I like the Alpine Party Plugs. They're small and instead of blocking all the noise they just lower the dB level. They come with a nice keychain case that's tiny.
Many times when things look too good to be true,upon further review it is just that, only the manufacturer gives good ratings , and in this age of fake reviews, buyer beware.
quexpress likes this.
onewizard is offline  
post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 08:34 PM
Member
 
james75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Highland, IL
Posts: 96
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by onewizard View Post
I found their site and they have motorcycle specific ear plugs, these are of interest to me as they allow some speech frequencies to come thorough. With a hearing loss, my only choice for understanding what someone is saying is to use my cell phone set on text messaging with the mic turned on, have the person talk into it then I read it, let's say a PITA. So I copied their link;https://www.alpinehearingprotection....lugs/motosafe/

After further reading, it may be a case that the "Party Plug" is more readily available at a better price, also found some very negative reviews for the Moto, however it was only a couple people. I guess I would ask for those that have these to point to a unbiased review. The ear plugs I use have a 30 DB reduction, I have a 28 DB loss at the 800 to 1 KHZ, so for me, I need to be able to read lips with the helmet on and ear plugs in.
Thanks for the link for the Alpine Motosafe plugs. I currently use Hearos disposable plugs (the blue ones) every ride. But I like the idea of the Motosafe plugs blocking the wind noise but not everything else. I checked other sites and they have pretty good reviews, however they are a bit pricey. If I can find them on sale I'm going to pick up a pair. I'm only 41 but have hearing loss from growing up at the local stock car tracks without any hearing protection. So I want to save what hearing I have left.
onewizard likes this.
james75 is online now  
post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 06:21 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Framingham, MA USA
Posts: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by onewizard View Post
Many times when things look too good to be true,upon further review it is just that, only the manufacturer gives good ratings , and in this age of fake reviews, buyer beware.
I used them today. I'm not a fake reviewer. I still really like them. They cut down the overall volume level but still allow me to hear conversations via my Sena headset.
onewizard likes this.
interactive3 is offline  
post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 07:21 PM
Member
 
Fly-Sig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 429
I use Spark Plug brand earplugs. They have the best attenuation I have found. At work we have a variety of free earplugs, so I've tried a lot of different brands. To some extent the shape of one's ears are going to determine which plugs give the best results.

NRR ratings are based on a specific frequency distribution, biased towards higher frequencies which do more harm than lower frequencies. But if the noise is primarily lower frequencies (turbo-prop aircraft, loud V-twin motorcycles, etc), the NRR may not be valid.

I'm of the belief the more attenuation the better. Some sound is going to be transmitted through the bones in the skull/jaw, so it will never be silent no matter how perfect an earplug may be. And I never have trouble hearing sirens or traffic with earplugs in.
Fly-Sig is offline  
post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 08:10 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Posts: 922
Garage
I wear 3M 1100 foam plugs because they fit my ears and do the job of blocking unwanted noise, yet I can hear my engine, sirens, horns etc perfectly well. The model 1100 do not suit a riding buddy's ear channel yet he wears the rubber re-usable type that I cannot wear.

The point being one size/type does not fit all, and you may need to experiment with various materials and models.

I also wear them mowing grass, vacuuming the house (yeah, I know, but my dog won't do it) and at loud music events. Years ago I was at a bar listening to a very loud band. I wore my ear plugs and it was very interesting. I could hear conversations, shouting really, very clearly over the music which was crystal clear. An acquaintance was yelling at me so I told him in a normal voice that he need not yell, I could hear him perfectly. He yelled back at me "I can't hear you!"
Earlier on he had kidded me about the "golf tees" in my ears. He wears hearing aids now.

Last edited by Smiley; 04-25-2017 at 01:13 PM.
Smiley is offline  
post #36 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 10:44 AM
Member
 
quexpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 525
I have recently tried Mighty Plugs. These are the most comfortable ear plugs that I have ever worn. I am happy with these and will continue using them (no more sore ears).

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.

Note: I have no time to waste because Iím older at this moment than Iíve ever been before,
Ö and itís the youngest Iím ever going to get.
quexpress is offline  
post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 12:07 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 9
Garage
Plugfones

I use plugfones, which are combo earplug/headphones. They work great and I get to jam out while I'm on the bike.

https://www.plugfones.com/
gethoht is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome