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I just recently started using earplugs after meeting a guy in his fifties who's riden a lot all his life, he has hearing aids due to all the riding with wind noise. He told me that he wishes he had been using earplugs. I figured, hey i better take his advice and use them.

I didn't realize how much wind noise I was actually experiencing until I started using them...what a difference. I'm now going to use earplugs on any longer rides.

I've just been using the disposable ones...does anyone have any suggestions for good quality earplugs that can be cleaned and used over and over again?
 

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I use the yellow EAR fit plugs, have done for years. I also tried a custom pair I bought at the big national bike show in England a few years back. They weren't quite right as the left one seemed to bleed noise once my helmet was on, defeating the purpose. Unfortunately it wasn't practical to get them sorted out and I ended up binning them. But I guess I was just unlucky as many have had great results from custom plugs.
 

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I use the EAR foam plugs. Slight Tinnitus in my right ear, suspect my old FT500 with Supertrapp exhaust before using plugs.
 

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Being wearing those since the begining and can't barely ride 10 minutes without them

And it's so much more calm with the ear plug, makes the ride much more enjoyable and I'm able to do longer ride without being too tired at the end

Oh and also, my V is almost buzz free ...

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I just learned this ear plug tip - use a little vasilene on the foam ear plugs. Its much easier to get them to seal in the ear canal that way. It seals out more sound. For convienience, I use the vary small tube of vasilene (for lips), because it fits in my tank bag or pocket easily.
 

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I used the foam ones for a while (different brands) and they work well as long as you put them in properly. Vasilene or even moistening the tip will help get them all the way in. It also helps to pull up/back slightly on the top of the ear.

I tried the self molded Radians and they were alright but the fit was only so-so. Probably not the fault of the product as much as the "self molding". I followed the directions and it went well but they just didn't seem to hold in the ear as well as I thought they should.

This year at the IMS in Mpls, MN I had a E.A.R. custom molded set made and I really like them. Not cheap (although cheaper than the local audiologist would do it) but in my opinion, well worth it. They block out sound well, fit well and there seems to be no pressure on the ear.

There have been a number of different threads on this site about ear plugs and it seems that everyone likes something a little different. I know there are several places that have trial packs of a dozen or so different type of the foam ones that may be worth a try.

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I had a set of custom ear-molds done which I no longer use. They do NOT seal like the 'foamies' which I buy (Stanley PersonalProtection Pre-Shaped Foam Earplugs) at Home Depot I believe, here in Kelowna. They are yellow/ pink, have a 32 decibel rating, come 80 pair to a container for somewhere around $20. I re-use them till they are dirty, then 'chuck' them, but - say a few weeks per pair. I 'roll' them between my fingers, then gently wet them in my mouth just before inserting, and they seal and work REALLY well.

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Foam plugs here... From Home Depot. 100 pair box has lasted me a great while and I always keep a few spares on the bike... So I never worry about misplacing them or washing them. They work well for me.
 

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If you wanted moulded ones that also come with earbuds check out:

http://www.earfuze.com

I own a couple sets of these and love them.

Pretty good scam they got going there. These are just Radian earplugs right down to the same cloth drawstring bag and they throw in some $10 earphones. You could buy any earphone of your choice and install them into a set of Radians you can get for less than $11.
 

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I just learned this ear plug tip - use a little vasilene on the foam ear plugs. Its much easier to get them to seal in the ear canal that way. It seals out more sound. For convienience, I use the vary small tube of vasilene (for lips), because it fits in my tank bag or pocket easily.
and your ear will gunk up / get contaminated :thumbdown: - trust me an ear infection is not nice. :(

The proper way is this :thumb:

No Video

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I use moulded plugs. If they are done properly the silicon is injected into your ear with a syringe. I mini "tampon" is inserted first, then the silicon injected. I have four sets which i use for clay bird shooting and motorcycling. I suck mine (tasty) before i insert, making sure i pull the ear back while inserting. No problems at all. Excellent.:thumb:
 

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Another +1 for Towerman's post (above). I use the Leight's and switch them out every few weeks for a new pair. The video is exactly how to put them in...especially since I have "surfers ear" due to lots of cold ocean water exposure over the years. I keep a few extra in my riding pants thigh pocket. Once you get used to wearing them, then when you forget and hear the howling wind noise, it's like...oh crap, gotta pull over and put'm in!
 
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