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Has anyone compared headsets or looked at other ways to reduce noise (mostly wind noise). My tinnitus is getting bad and anything I can do to reduce loud noises can help me sleep better.
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Wear ear plugs. You'll be stunned at how much you'll still hear the important noises associated with riding, but it will dramatically reduce the droning noises from wind, exhaust, etc.

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Wear ear plugs. You'll be stunned at how much you'll still hear the important noises associated with riding, but it will dramatically reduce the droning noises from wind, exhaust, etc.

Thank you! I'll give that a try. I think I have some of the generic orange ones around.

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The orange foam ones are what I use now. Sometimes I cut about 1/8 inch off the flat ends so they don't touch putting my helmet on.

You can also go to an ear doctor and have custom made ones that they mold to your ear.... But I've been pretty happy with the cheap foam ones, as you can throw them out rather than clean them....

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Know the feeling with the tinnitus. Been thinking about trying the Lipo-flavinoid they advertise on tv.

What style helmet you wearing? My half helmet is a lot noisier than the full face. Enough that I started wearing earplugs when I used the half helmet on the highway.

It's true, you can hear engine/traffic sounds better with earplugs in while running highway speeds.

I used the foam earplugs for years at work, then I settled on the ones in pics below. They don't irritate the ears as bad and seem to block noise better. At work, we used a drill bit to twist those foam plugs out of ears when they got pushed too deep.

There is also a gel type, but it doesn't work well for me.

The plastic cord on these just pops out if you don't need it.




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Thanks. Sometimes its just good to know I'm not the only one.

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My riding buddy's daughter is now an ear doc in Fla. As soon as I get a chance I'm going to talk to her about tinnitus, and the Lipo stuff.

Anything you do to limit noise will help keep the ringing to a dull roar. I won't even mow grass without earplugs now.

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My riding buddy's daughter is now an ear doc in Fla. As soon as I get a chance I'm going to talk to her about tinnitus, and the Lipo stuff.

Anything you do to limit noise will help keep the ringing to a dull roar. I won't even mow grass without earplugs now.
The funny thing is that I've always worn ear protection mowing the lawn etc forever. But I also fly planes. I use a headset of course but who knows. Also, I certainly went to some loud concerts at one point in my life.

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Those David Clark headsets stop a lot of noise, typically found in airplanes, but we use them at the track too. A single engine plane will deafen you without some type of protection. I'll also use earplugs under the headset.

I wore ear protection a lot on certain jobs, but other times I ignored it when I shouldn't have. Such as working with large diesel engines, days and nights at the race track, even mowing.

Was standing trackside in the pits one night when a driver set the track record. When he pitched it past me, it felt like someone broke a pencil off in my ear. I made sure we all had earplugs after that.

Have also seen a few concerts and don't seem to want to play with my amp at lower volume. Loud makes me sound better, lol.

A windshield can help with helmet noise too.

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One last thing...

Unless you are using noise canceling headphones, using earbuds with music will not offer any ear protection at all. It's said that the ears open up for the music, then the damaging sound pours right in too.

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