Ear plug recommendation?

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  1. VFR_Mike

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    I've read through a number of hearing protection posts but I'm not finding what I'm looking for.

    I've got a Shoei GT Air and recently started to use a Sena 20S - I've always used ear plugs in addition to the helmet, it just makes things so much quieter.

    I just use disposable 3M foam plugs now - which do a great job of making the Sena hard to hear at speed. I'm hoping to find a foam plug that can be worn under a helmet, that cuts off the damaging noise, but still allows decent hearing.

    Does such a thing exist for motorcyclists?

    I know there are a ton of electronic aids for hunting and shooting sports, but I can't think of any that'll fit comfortably under a helmet :)
     
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    I use plugfones https://www.plugfones.com/ not sure how they would work with your Sena system. Great at blocking wind noise & giving me only the sound I want.
     
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    I am exactly where you are. 20S and all. I tried the foam and had terrible performance. There is the molded (Radian) inserts that can fill up the ear. I have not gotten that far. What I did, and I do like, removed the stock speakers and plugged in my skull candy super small ear buds that have a long cable. I have molded ear plugs around these ear buds. The cable is long enough that its no big deal taking helmet off and taking the ear buds out. The volume is way down and I still hear everything I used to hear.
     
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    I've used nonoise earplug in the past with great result (until I lost one.. ). They did a good job filtering most of the wind noise without affecting too much other kind of sound (voice ).
     
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    I also had some IAsus speakers that are way better than the stock 20S speakers. Still found skull candy earbuds to the be "my" best working option.
     
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    Those 3M ear plugs are just cheap, they're not recommended for long term use, or you end up having to use them

    They started off in the construction industry and because they're free to workers they quickly spread into the general public

    Part of my job as site manager was Health and Safety, 3M do not advise prolonged or habitual use, they'll sell you a pair of proper ear defenders if you need them, something about distorting your ear permanently with the pressure

    I have several sets, the best are made auritech, they make several different ones, shooting, flying, biking, etc .. with my motorcycle ones in I can hear normally enough to hold a conversation but anything over 94db is killed ...they're also comfortable

    In the specification it states compatible with intercoms plus the metal carry tube is indispensable
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    auritech.co.uk
     
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    I've tried a few different brands of the reusable ones, and the only ones that fit my ears properly are the NoNoise ones.
    Thet normally last me around 1 year.
     
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    I wear custom made earplugs from ultimate ear. Go and have a look at their website for ideas on plugs. Can hear a conversation with helmet on. Have had to turn the music volume down by 70% ( with the speaker in options) and by 40% with the squidgy non speaker ones compared to when I used foam plugs. Wind noise is barely noticeable now.

    Surely there is someone in the states that makes earplugs?

    Well worth the £40 I paid for the non speaker earplugs
     
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    make your own. Order the Radian stuff from Amazon. Works great.
     
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    I got custom ear plugs at a local Gun Show. I can't remember what I paid for them, but it must have not been too bad, cause I bought them. Anyway they work really well and now I can't ride without them... well I could, but I'd rather not.
     

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    I've been using "Mighty Plugs" for some time now. The most comfortable earplugs I've used and they're "tunable" so to speak. The size of each plug is quite big but you can use as little or as much of one as you want. The amount of material used is what determines the amount of noise filter to some degree. I actually use one plug and split it in half, not only does this double the number of plugs I have, it's just about the right amount of material for noise reduction and for hearing the intercom/music. I usually order the "best value" pack and they last me quite a while. Speaking of which, I'm about due to order another pack.

    https://www.earplugsonline.com
     
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    Mighty plugs are the best I've ever used.
    Also use them shooting


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    Thanks for the ideas, I'll check out some of these, sounds like some good solution.
     
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    IMG_2393.JPG Here's what I use - no complaints and they seem to work well.
     
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    Can you expend a bit more on what you mean by "3M do not advise prolonged or habitual use" ?
     
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    Just quoting from Health & Safety sheet 3M sent out and a flyer inside the box
     
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    I use "Down Beats" headphones meant for concerts. They drown out the high end wind noise, but you can still hear everything you need. The worst thing about earplugs is they block IMPORTANT sounds, as well as the wind. With these I still hear everything the bike does, road noise, emergency vehicles, etc, just at a more acceptable volume. Way less fatigue than not wearing hearing protection.

    https://www.amazon.com/DownBeats-Reusable-Fidelity-Hearing-Protection/dp/B00A3Z44R2?th=1
     
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    Love these for music AND they cut the wind noise way down. Great with the bluetooth. Love to ride with 'em.
     
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    I just use the cheap bulk expanding foam type. Works great and I can hear my Cardo Packtalk through them just fine.
     
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    I use Skull Candy Method earbuds. However, I put them in my ear normally, be them rotate them upwards so that the wire is pointing up. Yes, it's upside-down, however, this slows there earbuds to go into my ear deeper, which then blocks the vast majority of wind and engine noise and I can easily hear the music without it being loud and damaging my hearing. The Method earbuds use a different style of silicone earpiece, which works better than traditionally shaped ones. It makes a big difference, as I found out when I lost the stock ones and tried the traditional bits they send me as replacement. Those don't filter noise anywhere as well. Only about $30 too. https://www.target.com/p/skullcandy...Oep2fX6z3K1ySVkGBw0aAiniEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I have a set of Philips Bluetooth earbuds, however, the shape of my ear, I guess, doesn't allow me to do the same comfortably. Kind of a bummer, as wireless is nice.
     
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