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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-16-2016, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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This might be a good start for someone who is thinking of some hearing protection. As an old guy I strongly recommend the younger/newer riders give this some thought.

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The same site has a motorcycle specific article: Best Motorcycle Ear Plugs Reviewed - Read Before You Ride

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Yes, you should definitely read in the motorcycle area because if any earplugs are shooting specific and work in some way other than just sticking a plug in your ear, that is not the right frequency to block compared to wind noise on a motorcycle. If you are getting more than a rubber plug, be sure it is motorcycle specific.

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I saw the m/c earplug selection and I wasn't impressed. If wind noise was the only noise the foam/molded plastic would be good. I prefer a more comprehensive solution to the whole of the traffic noise. Heavy truck engines, concussive tire sound from tires hitting expansion joints and bad road surface, sirens, screeching brakes, general racket in city driving, etc. For shooters, or anyone exposed to concussive sounds, earplugs are only half the solution. Feel the heavy bone behind your ear? That bony area will transmit an abrupt concussive sound directly to your cochlea. So shooters and the like NEED muffs. Our helmets give us some nice protection from the worst of those sounds. I especially like some of the hearing protection our present day rock musicians are using. Nuf sed by me on that subject. As always, your hearing your choice. Happy Motoring.

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X2...ATGATT includes hearing protection.
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Hearing Protection/ Hearing Loss/ Hearing Aids

Very good articles/ discussion, as a person that has a hearing loss due to my work history, and one that just received hearing aids several months ago, it becomes a struggle. I always ride with foam ear plugs , having a 27 DB loss at a specific frequency it is even more difficult to understand someone talking to me with my helmet on and foam ear plugs. I have just recently been made aware that I am allergic to certain materials used in hearing aids. This thread is of interest to me, as I haven't come across anything that would help me when someone is trying to talk to me, other than taking my helmet off, and pulling my ear plugs.The only thing that comes to mind is speech to text technology, visual aid.

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For you younger riders who might still have 'normal' hearing - I wear two hearing aids which cost about $6,000 for the pair. They HELP quite a lot, but they're NO substitute for GOOD hearing.

Much better to protect, then to replace..., such as you can....

(Think what you can buy for $6K every few years....)
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The Sena 20 has an 'ambient mode' feature where you can listen to external sounds picked up by the control unit (outside the helmet) amplified into the helmet speakers - specifically for listening to external conversation when stopped without removing the helmet. I have no experience with this, so no opinion of effectiveness. Perhaps other can weigh in with real-life experience with the model. The 10s lacks this feature. Not sure of other brands/models.
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Yeah, wear earplugs. Listen to us older folks! I wish I'd worn earplugs when riding, mowing the lawn, etc. when I was in my 20s and 30s. Hearing loss sucks. Tinnitus can really suck, too, so annoying, the constant ringing in the ears - also caused by not using hearing protection.
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Yeah, wear earplugs. Listen to us older folks! I wish I'd worn earplugs when riding, mowing the lawn, etc. when I was in my 20s and 30s. Hearing loss sucks. Tinnitus can really suck, too, so annoying, the constant ringing in the ears - also caused by not using hearing protection.
I use ears plugs because made for more peaceful and enjoyable. I never occurred to me that would help save hearing over time. Great point. now I think I should wear plugs while mowing grass etc.
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I use ears plugs because made for more peaceful and enjoyable. I never occurred to me that would help save hearing over time. Great point. now I think I should wear plugs while mowing grass etc.
OR, could just be a good reason not to Mow grass!
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My new helmet, with the Sena unit has much more wind noise than my previous helmet, Id like to use ear protection, but guess that kind of defeats the helmet..
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For you younger riders who might still have 'normal' hearing - I wear two hearing aids which cost about $6,000 for the pair. They HELP quite a lot, but they're NO substitute for GOOD hearing.

Much better to protect, then to replace..., such as you can....

(Think what you can buy for $6K every few years....)
I'm in the same boat (or should I say C-130 environment). I'm now the dubiously proud owner of $6K high tech hearing aids and somewhat costly ear plugs, both from my audiologist I might add. It's not a testimonial, but they are both worth the cost. As an aside, I believe my hearing aid purchase paid for remodeling one of the exam rooms.

My recurring senior moment problem is remembering just which devices I have stuffed into my ears when I put my helmet on. Actually, that comes after deciding if I have the helmet on the right way round.
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I'm in the same boat (or should I say C-130 environment). I'm now the dubiously proud owner of $6K high tech hearing aids and somewhat costly ear plugs, both from my audiologist I might add. It's not a testimonial, but they are both worth the cost. As an aside, I believe my hearing aid purchase paid for remodeling one of the exam rooms.

My recurring senior moment problem is remembering just which devices I have stuffed into my ears when I put my helmet on. Actually, that comes after deciding if I have the helmet on the right way round.
I now know I am hypoallergenic to stuff shoved into my ears.
So you are no big help , yes I can bluetooth music from my phone, from the TV, from the Laptop, answer calls from my phone , turn one ear volume down or off, and still not understand what the wife said, so now I get, you got your hearing aid turned on?? what , can you repeat that---woa , give it about 30 seconds and figure out what she could have possibly said--just say you were deep in thought why it took 30 seconds to answer. And you better be right, cause the next conversation could be much longer than 30 seconds, and you could be

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I use the foamy type ear plugs. Cheap and they quiet down the ride just enough that I can still hear what I have to
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I use the foamy type ear plugs. Cheap and they quiet down the ride just enough that I can still hear what I have to
Me, too. After trying a few sets of the customs, and some other ones like NoNoise, I am back to foam. I have small ear canals. The ones that work best for me ar the Howard Leight Laser Lites. I still have to cut the ends off a bit, or they pull out when I put my helmet on. Bought a big box of them!
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I use ears plugs because made for more peaceful and enjoyable. I never occurred to me that would help save hearing over time. Great point. now I think I should wear plugs while mowing grass etc.
For sure it cuts down greatly on fatigue! Makes for more peaceful rides, and longer rides more comfortable. But yeah, the loss of hearing is a big reason. I can't ride, mow the lawn, use the chainsaw, weed whacker, etc without them now. Hell, I wear them to the movies - what is with movies lately that they are so damned loud??? Didn't use to be that way. Sheesh.
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...I never occurred to me that would help save hearing over time. Great point. now I think I should wear plugs while mowing grass etc.
I wear ear-plugs AND over-ear-muffs whenever I do anything that's LOUD - grinding, hammering (a friend hammered about 5 times on his fifth-wheel steel 'doey' in the rear of his pickup w/ NO ear protection, and put himself into requiring hearing aids...), mowing, CHANGING BATTERIES IN SMOKE-DETECTORS(!!!), etc.

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I'm in the same boat (or should I say C-130 environment)....
The airforce took 'ownership' of my hearing loss, and pay for my 'aids as well as batteries for 'em.

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... Actually, that comes after deciding if I have the helmet on the right way round.

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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).

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