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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 03:44 PM
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Oh trust me I’m aware of the effects, my brother has developed tinnitus after 40+ yrs of playing in various bands. I don’t doubt the science one bit. I just meant there’s a a clearly noticeable difference with or without my helmet, and I’ve never been on the bike without it for more than a quick spin around the block to really feel the effects. I’m not “anti-earplug” by any stretch. Music, long nights out and power tools have already taken their toll. Your advice would’ve been more useful 25 yrs ago although still appreciated. I too get the foam ones from our data centers it’s work. Free works for me.
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Lost count of how many times we had to use a drill bit to pull a foam ear plug from co-worker's ear canals. Calling Dr. Killedear!

Also, in hot, dirty environments, the end edges of the foam becomes hard and pretty sharp. Not comfortable for long days.

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Never had an earplug get stuck, nor become “sharp”.

How far are they sticking them in?

The ones I use are the exact ones in the video. (I however cut the cord off)
The ends are flared, so it’s seemingly impossible to put them too far in.

I’d guess if you keep using the same pair over and over again they could get stiff or start to tear apart, but you shouldn’t use the same pair for more than a few times before tossing them for a new pair. That’s the beauty of the foam type, they are so cheap you can do that.

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Never had an earplug get stuck, nor become “sharp”.

How far are they sticking them in?

The ones I use are the exact ones in the video. (I however cut the cord off)
The ends are flared, so it’s seemingly impossible to put them too far in.

I’d guess if you keep using the same pair over and over again they could get stiff or start to tear apart, but you shouldn’t use the same pair for more than a few times before tossing them for a new pair. That’s the beauty of the foam type, they are so cheap you can do that.
Not sure which earplugs you're talking about, too much hokum in that video to sort it out.

We entered jobsites with a pocket full of plugs, and there's always a box full in every truck, so we didn't use the same plugs for days.

A couple of hours with sweat, coal dust, asbestos, (you name it) running into your ears, and those foamies turn to crap. Add the fact that the noise is so fierce you can hear the steam leak from the front gate, above the din of the plant. Some people have larger ear canals also, so an extra poke here and there to get some noise reduction, and by lunch it's too deep to get a grip on.

Once those edges collect a little dirt combined with moisture, they're as hard as wedding prick. At least it feels that way in your ear, they become very uncomfortable. May as well twist a 3/8" tap in your ear and get the cutting over with.

I like the ones with the vanes, but not the mushroom shape, haven't found a pic to post an example. The gel plugs with the string are crap also.

But, different strokes, the ones that fit you best and block the noise best are the ones you want to use. Ears are almost like fingerprints.

We finally got the company to stop supplying the foam plugs, they were a last resort.

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Those are the “washable” silicone type I think. The ones I use are the Howard Leight two color foam ones.
I can believe you’ve seen issues with them at work, but we’re taking motorcycles here, and I doubt an ear plug covered by a helmet while riding gets exposed to any of the crap you’re talking about.

But yes, ears are different. I know many that can’t wear the expanding foam ones because they say they start to hurt after a short while. Many ended up getting custom plugs from an ear doctor.

Wind noise on my Bonneville is horrible, mostly due to the windscreen I have. So I wear plugs every time I ride.

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Those are the “washable” silicone type I think. The ones I use are the Howard Leight two color foam ones.
I can believe you’ve seen issues with them at work, but we’re taking motorcycles here, and I doubt an ear plug covered by a helmet while riding gets exposed to any of the crap you’re talking about.

But yes, ears are different. I know many that can’t wear the expanding foam ones because they say they start to hurt after a short while. Many ended up getting custom plugs from an ear doctor.

Wind noise on my Bonneville is horrible, mostly due to the windscreen I have. So I wear plugs every time I ride.
well excuse the hell outta me . You think I didn't know we were talking about motorcycles? We were also talking about earplugs, how well they work, and how they fit.

I'll keep my silly-assed comments to myself.

edit: I won't wear the foam plugs on my bike, won't use them when mowing the grass either.

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I sorta' liked the notion of tapping permanent threads in the ear canal.

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Sorry Spockster, didn’t mean to tick you off, just trying to point out riding a motorcycle doesn’t expose your ears to the stuff you talked about, and that folks reading this shouldn’t be afraid to use foam earplugs for riding.

I am however a bit concerned if you are being exposed to asbestos. I know two people that had Mesothelioma from working with that stuff in jobs they got out of high school. Definitely more serious than getting a plug stuck in your ear.

Threaded ear canals? Mmmm, My take is they should design helmets that do a better job of protecting your hearing. I wear ear “muffs” when I go shooting. Not sure why they can’t incorporate that simple technology into a helmet.

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Looks as if they do already, only $600

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I sorta' liked the notion of tapping permanent threads in the ear canal.
I'd be in for that mod.

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Looks as if they do already, only $600

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