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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Who wears earplugs?

I have always been frustrated with Law Enforcement and the people who legislate the laws.

We are allowed to wear ear plugs to protect our hearing. But back in the day, wearing headphones to listen to music was ilegal.

The intent behind the law was to allow a person to hear an emergency vehicle's siren. Well heck, most luxury cars are so quiet I can't hear a siren anyways. So earplugs are better?

And with the advent of cell phone use and the hands free laws, everyone I see has earbuds in for music and or phone calls. Cops seem to accept this as acceptable.

I hate earplugs because my ears are always wet. I have some kind of weird thing going on in there. I hate things in my ears.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 11:03 PM
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I am not for anything in My ears. I do have J&M headsets in My helmets but that's as far as I go.

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post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 11:37 PM
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Always wear ear plugs. WI found that I could hear my wife incredibly better over the headset with ear plugs in. I'm not sure why - maybe I can turn her up loud enough to overcome the road noise without impacting my hearing. Anyway, I ride with them solo all the time now too just to maintain a consistency. I will say if I'm on a 2 or 3 hour ride, the ear plugs can start bothering my ears.
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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-29-2015, 06:10 AM
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I would put earplugs in my ears just so I don't have to hear my passenger
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ear plugs don't stay in my ears very long, a good 3/4 or ff helmet will quiet things down

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Being a rider for many years of bikes with loud pipe I went thru plenty of plugs to find ones that did a good job all around.
Check out "Ear plug store" they have a plug called Surefire Sonic Defenders for about $10.00 . Normal sounds are not blocked ,like voices, but the sudden sounds and loud ones are blocked. We even use for shooting with the little end cap installed. I bought a dozen and hand them out when on a ride. Great for cutting unwanted wind noise.

Wait this is not a add for the Ear plug store because I must admit now that I ride a wing my plugs are no longer needed . Except maybe they would help with the road noise from this Dunlop front tire.
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I'll look into those Sonic Defenders, they sound good.

I use (well, most of the time) a wax plug that covers the ear canal without going into it. Works well to cut out the wind noise. I then turn up the music or intercom and hear well. I leave them out on group rides as, for some reason, the CB doesn't come over as clear.

I left them out for the last half of my run home yesterday and my ears are ringing pretty loud this morning.

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I wear ear plugs at eh track when the dragsters and mods are running right next door to the road course. Something about unmuffled 2000 hp or so top fuel motors a hundred feet away is just more than my ears can take anymore. I don't wear them in my helmet on the track though, I want to know/hear when there's another bike on my tail. Never wear them on the road either. Did use them with my half lid on the custom but that was different, lots of wind noise.

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If I'm on a bike, I'm wearing earplugs.
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I wish so many times that I had worn hearing protection in the past.
I have tinnitus from all the wind noise in my early years riding my Harley with no helmet (yea, I know now), working in the shop with power tools, listening to music too loud and sitting in front of the lead trumpet in a jazz band. Always had headphones at the range though.
Now that I use a modular helmet and ride a Wing, the noise isn't bad enough to suffer through ear plugs for me.
I still turn the music up probably too load though.

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