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I am interested in folks' experience with earplugs, as I plan a long multi-day trip with some highway travel and find that my open face helmet ( HJC IS-2 ) allows a lot of wind noise.

I have experimented with foam earplugs and find that they remove most of the noise. I worry that decreasing my ability to hear may limit my margin of safety vis a vis other traffic. I wonder if you feel that limiting your ability to hear reduces your responsiveness to traffic around you?

I am going to be traveling with a co-rider and expect that we may both have to use ear plugs so that the effective intercom volume is the same for both of us.

What have you found?

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I have triedvarious foam earplugs but found for me that after wearing them for a while with a helmet, they got pretty painful. I don't know if I just have real sensitive ear canals or what. As far as decreased hearing, I was still able to hear what I needed but the sound level was definitely decreased. I did happen to find this place: www.plugup.com Maybe one day if I get serious enough, I might give them a try. More expensive then the foam but I have seen good reviews on them.


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I ride with my MP3's so the noise of the wind is not a problem. Just select the music and go.

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You should always be using ear plugs every time you ride. The accumulative wind noise will damage your hearing, but with the ear plugs you can still hear everything but the wind, however at a much more comfortable level.

As a side effect you will not feel the fatigue nearly as much using the ear plugs either, that constant drumming of the wind will wear you down much faster.

Different ear plugs work better for each person due the different shaped and sized ear canals we all have, so try a variety of different plugs until you find the type that are most comfortable for you.

Personally I get lazy and don't wear them most of the time for short hops around town, but I should. Certainly if I take a spin on the freeway without them I can tell for a few hours afterwards both in fatigue and the remaining ear strain I continue to feel.

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I use the foam ones from time to time, and try to wear them on longer rides. Don't seem to effect the volume of my radio, just seems to cut down on the wind noise. I've never had issues hearing things around me.
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I agree with everything that unionjk said. i could not have said it better.

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I've been wearing foam ear plugs while riding for about 10 years now.

I don't feel that there are any safety problems.

But it does feel a lot more comfortable not hearing all the wind noise.

When I ride with my wife, I make her wear them too.





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. As far as decreased hearing, I was still able to hear what I needed but the sound level was definitely decreased. I did happen to find this place: http://www.plugup.com Maybe one day if I get serious enough, I might give them a try. More expensive then the foam but I have seen good reviews on them.
Timely thread.........have just ordered a pair of earplugs with speakers similar to the site you provide. Picking them up on Monday and will report back my thoughts.

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It is an undeniable fact that if you ride without earplugs you are damaging your hearing. Period!

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I always use foam earplugs when I ride my CB900, but not my GW. Probably should. However, on trips I wear them at night cause my riding mates snore like crazy.

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