Ear plug recommendation?

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  1. Marrib

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    I'm with you on this one Lint.
     
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    I think I found something that works, and they're not expensive.

    https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20xs-ms.html

    I've used Ety earphones and hearing protection for years, these are a "new" product for them.
    I prefer using the foam tips, but either way, they're comfortable, don't extend past the ear, inexpensive, and allow a bit more volume than standard foam plugs, while blocking an acceptable amount of noise. I removed the little pull tab, the base is easy enough to grab on to and remove the plugs.
    They're worth a look.
     
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    I don't want to hi-jack this thread - but protecting your hearing is important.

    I often ride with large groups - and it is very clear that only a few, a very few riders diligently remember to wear ear plugs during every ride. My strong advice is therefore regardless of whether you manage to find decent earplugs - consider buying a well fitting, high quality, quiet helmet.

    The difference in noise levels between cheap helmets and the best can be astonishing. For many years I preferred an AGV TiTech full face helmet which fitted my head shape very well and was a lot quieter than Arai and Shoei helmets I previously owned.

    A big factor in noise is how well the helmet you wear fits your individual head shape. Hence a helmet which fits me very well might be hopeless for others - so there is no substitute from trying out a helmet - ideally before buying.

    Sadly most bike shops are totally unwilling to allow people to try out helmets before they buy. So if you are lucky enough to occasionally ride with others - it is perhaps a chance to track down someone with a similar helmet size and agree to exchange helmets for part of the ride.

    A few years back I borrowed a friends Schuberth C3Pro and despite being a flip front I was surprised to find it was quieter than the AGV. Indeed so much so that, despite the eye-watering price, I went straight out and bought one together with the integral SRC Bluetooth system. With or without earplugs - input from my GPS and iPhone remains very clear with ample volume spare. Whilst I hate taking phone calls whilst riding - I can confirm they come through very clearly even at high speed - and the SRC microphone seems very impressive as the person at the other end had absolutely no idea I was talking to them whilst riding my VFR on a motorway. To be honest since getting the C3 I have rarely bothered using earplugs except on very long high speed trips - but each to his own.

    As for ear plugs I have tried numerous makes and shapes of foam and wax earplugs and never found any which worked well, felt right and continued to stay put. Sadly loads of times earplugs they just ended up falling on the floor as soon as took my helmet off.

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    Mighty Plugs
    These are great
    Even use them at work for the loud attractions
    two thumbs up


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    Yes, I want to try out an Schuberth as well, but as you stated, the 'eye water prices' really gives a below the belt hit to the bank account. Especially when you account for the Bluetooth's additional cost. I think I'd feel like I was at the proctologist again. I have tried many many earplugs, and they are not really all that great no matter the maker. With the exception of the molded kind.
     
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    The trick to a lot of gear buying is buying at the right time. Closeouts are your best friend when buying gear. The Schuberth C3 was being closed out for less than $400 and their COMM system was going for less than $200. Although their SRC COMM system is a great match, nothing says you have to get their setup, plenty of options. With the new C4 being released, the C3 Pro will come down in price, like the C3 did when the Pro was released. Just keep looking online and you'll see the price drop but pull the trigger right away, once the price drops, the vultures swoop in fast. I almost missed out on the Schuberth SR1 when it's priced dropped. Within a couple of days, all the different versions of it in my size were gone! At almost 50% mark down, these went fast.

    As far as ear plugs, both Duccmann and I use the 'Mighty-Plugs', I turned him on to them in fact. These by far are the best ear plugs I've used, being made of moldable material, they actually form to your ear, ZERO discomfort. Even with them on I can hear my music and/or COMM system just fine.
     
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    I prefer to go deaf! Halfway there with all of the whinny servers making $30 an hour that I have to employ. I don't know the db level of their voices but I know I have lost half of my hearing over the last 17yrs because of them. ;-)
     
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    Why don't you just wear ear plugs at work? Two birds with one stone...
     
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    A actually wear them in the break too so I don't have to listen to the bitching of 200+ drivers


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    I use Fender musicians plugs. They are available in different db reduction levels and are designed to still allow the "music" through. Affordable, washable and effective.


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    On the other hand I have and "Arai" head and bought a schuberth c3 whilst owning a Pan ( st1100) . I found the c3 unbearable despite various recommendations on the pan despite ear plugs, yet on my T595 found it way better than my Arai. Wear earplugs all the time. Have recently invested in a custom made set.
     
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    Because then like we have said about hearing the "Important stuff" like guest complaints or praise would not work!;-)
     
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    Funnily enough I find I'm extra sensitive to wind noise on my ST1100 too. I think the high screen creates a strong eddy right at the top of the helmet so the more vents you have up there, the worse it gets. I have a couple of Arais, and my RX7GP is by far the noisiest as it has some really big scoops. The Signet GT is much better with two small brow vents. Both helmets work equally well on my VFR and VTR probably because the top of the helmet is in comparatively "still"air. I still wear earplugs at all times on all bikes.
     
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    Agree the fewer the vents the better.
     
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    I love disposable Max Tapered , get them through Aerostich for$3 pair. Works as well as any custom built and a lot more comfortable.


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    I like the ribbed type plugs for my hearing pleasure. Umm, yeah.
    Not the foamies.
    The reduction in hearing I have experienced, I attribute to Rock and Roll in my youth.
    It was totally worth it. :Clap2:
     
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