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Do you wear earplugs when you ride?

This question was suggested by Pete. Thanks for the great suggestion!

Nope. I know I should, but they bother the insides of my ears and I've tried many different kinds and I can't stand being miserable with something like that when I ride. :(
 

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question:
why should one wear earplugs while riding??
id much rather hear whats going on around me....

i think a helmet alone blocks out most of the sound anyway..

so Pete, im curious as to why this would be recommended...
 

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Yup. THANKS HONDANUT!!
Not in town though.

I tried them a few weeks ago for the first time. I thought that a helmet did an okay job, but with earplugs, it's so much quieter. When you're screaming 8,000+ RPMs all the time, they're a godsend.
 

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As anyone who was at the smackdown can tell you my bike is loud. Earplugs are pretty much a necessity for rides of any distance. Plus the wind noise in my Arai is significant. So yes almost always.
 

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What did you say, sonny ?

I've worn earplugs for at least 12 years. As for devils comment, in my experiance once you get used to them you find that they actually highten your awareness of whats going on as they block out the insignificant background noises. Therefore you concentrate on what's important.
However, the most important reason for earplugs is the protection they give to your hearing. Wearing a helmet and travelling at any sort of high speed gives your hearing about a 100 db. blasting. I know that someone will say,"I wear a ----- and it's very quiet", but a study in England has proved that long term exposure to the type of noise you get while wearing a helmet WILL dull your hearing. It's only a matter of time. Then you won't need earplugs 'cause you'll be deaf as a post.
I SAID YOU WON'T.......oh, never mind !;)
 

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I don't wear them as often as I should. Like most of the others, I always try to remember them when taking a long ride, and always wear them on the track.

The following is a guidline recommended by medical professionals:

100 decibels- limit unprotected exposure to 2 hours a day.
115 decibels- limit unprotected exposure to 15 minutes a day.
140 decibels (gun muzzle blast, jet engine;) Noise causes pain and even brief exposure injures unprotected ears.

Exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels for extended periods will cause hearing loss. With an aftermarket exhaust and combined windnoise, most riders are probably subjecting themselves to around 130 decibels.

Some people react to loud noise with anxiety and irritability, an increase in pulse rate and blood pressure, or an increase in stomach acid. If you do wear your earplugs for a long ride, I can guarantee you'll feel a lot less fatigued at the end of the day.

It's your hearing, so do what you want.
I SAID, IT'S YOUR HEARING, SO DO WHAT...
 

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I nearly always wear ear plugs , A nesesity on long runs as they cut down wind noise and exhaust noise as well. I am already partially deaf in one ear and dont want go totally deaf!! The ones i wear are fairly comfortable as they are shaped well to fit the ear.
They do not cut all the noise so you are still aware of things happening around you, ie you can hear some one blasting the horn and such like. I did have some that cut out pretty much all noise but they were not so comfortable and i did not like not being able to hear anything at all.
Try different types and you will find something that you will like. But i suppose it is a bit like bikes eveyone has different opinions and taste . I mean you couldnt expect everyone to have a Suzuki:D
 

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I agree with Smeghead. I have found that when I wear earplugs I am more aware of the "important" sounds around me since they are not being drown out by the wind and engine noise. Plus I like being able to get off the bike and not have a ringing in my ears.
 

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I wore earplugs for the first time on a ride two weeks ago. Honestly, I didn't like them at all. At first they really did cut down on white noise, but after about 45 minutes, I didn't feel like I could hear anything. I kept yawning thinking my ears needed to pop, no luck.

If wind noise really is damaging to the ears, then I will probably wear them on more long rides. I probably will never wear them around town. :rolleyes:
 

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Damn Pete, this is the question you've been crawling up Stacia's a&& about? Sheesh!

When I'm on the dirt bike I always wear ear plugs (helps keep the mud from dripping in :D). Borrowing (rarely) my friend's Hurricane I always wear them. Riding on the back with a friend, if it's a long trip yes, just in town no.
 

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On my Concours (Rifle screen/2" below eye level/Arai Signet Helmet)
Almost never (hey, it's darn quiet behind that Rifle) :)

ZX-6R (V&H S4 Titanium slip-on/Arai Quantum E Helmet) around town/backroads
Almost never (damn...THAT PIPE!) :D

ZX-6R on the highway
Always (DAMN that pipe!):crying:
 

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Ear Plugs

Sure do. I've got one noisy Arai. Over the winter I'm going to have a fitted pair made.

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I almost always wear earplugs when I ride, regardless of the duration or location, because a quick across town trip could turn into.....who knows?!? I've been working around aircraft since 1990, so I'm definitely used to wearing them. I also agree with Smeghead, they tend to drown out the unwanted noises and highten my awareness.
 
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devils playmate said:
question:
why should one wear earplugs while riding??
id much rather hear whats going on around me....

i think a helmet alone blocks out most of the sound anyway..

so Pete, im curious as to why this would be recommended...
I know that several people have already given excellent answers to this question, but I'd like to re-emphasize what Paul said about fatigue, which is what sold me on their use. I had never worn plugs until recently, but knew, for the sake of my already diminished hearing (years of shooting firearms w/o hearing protection), that I should be. The very first thing I noticed after a 350 mile ride was the lack of fatigue when I got home. Normally, I am pretty wiped out, but I felt damn near as good as I did before the ride. I was amazed. Also, it usually took a couple of hours before my hearing returned to normal; not anymore. Yes, there is a bit of discomfort, but you get used to it. IMO, the benefits are well worth it. I also agree with the heightening of your "peripheral" senses. Without the irritation of wind noise, I am able to better concentrate on "what's going on around me."

Just my experience and opinion, take from it what you wish.
 
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