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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hey gang! Nice afternoon for a ride. I need some advice. I’ve had my bike for about 3 months now and all is well except 1 very disturbing problem. I have tinnitus & the biking thing is making it way way worse. I rode for a good solid month before I noticed anything & it keeps getting worse. I bought a set of Alpine ear silencers & they help but it’s still happening... Anyone have any thoughts?
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I used foam 'in ear' ear plugs for years in a corrugated factory without a bit of loss or other issues.. sound levels near most of the machines was in the area of 90 db, with the corrugator area getting over 110 often.

I also used same while on longer rides with no issues.. I dont know how good the Alpine ear thingy's are, but a good hearing protection device will go a long way in protecting what we have.

of course, all hearing protection must be used properly or its less than useless

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You have a full face helmet? Not familiar with the Alpine units, I just use cheap foam earplugs (Howard Leight).
Your ears will never get better, but if you're using effective earplugs the bike riding shouldn't be making it worse.
I have had tinnitus for over a decade. A good quiet helmet (and maybe a tall windscreen) and earplugs should be all you need.

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The valve type ear plugs work best for me. 20 years of screamin tinnitus and not getting any better, just louder.

Guys would shove the foam ones so deep, we had to use a drill bit to get them out.

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I use the foam ear plugs too. I use them daily at work so I always had a pair in my pocket anyway. They work great for me, full or half helmet.

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Are you talking about the foam ear plugs you can buy pretty much anywhere or is there a certain kind or brand I should look for?
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the ones I use are at walmart, in sporting goods if I recall. the foamies can be gotten most anywhere.

if I recall there may be ratings of how well they work on the package, but I dont remember anything about the system

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Are you talking about the foam ear plugs you can buy pretty much anywhere or is there a certain kind or brand I should look for?
Howard Leight. They make dozens of earplugs and earmuffs. I use these because they are free at work:
https://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...ref=mp_s_a_1_4

$8 for two is pretty high.
If you go online you'll find better deals. Uline sells boxes of 200 for $30. Look for someone offering a "sample pack" so you can find which ones you like.

Like these:
https://www.earplugstore.com/unfoamtrialp1.html

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The valve type look like this, and some are more sophisticated than others, the string just pops off if you don't want it:




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