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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hey fellow riders! I just watched this video about Big Ear filtered custom motorcycle earplugs and I want to know if any of you here tried their products. I'd love to get myself a pair but I want to know if they're great first. Any other recommendation? Thanks!
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No can do. Here in Ohio, it is illegal to use ear plugs of any kind while ride a motorcycle.

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I wear earplugs all the time, and don’t care if it’s FN illegal or not because my hearing is more important than a idiotic law.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Big Ear plugs. A few said they seemed noisier than regular foam plugs. Some liked them, but also admitted they didn’t live up to their hype.

I use the “generic” foam plugs, for two reasons, One • They work fine for me, and don’t hurt over time. Two• I get them free at work.

I also use earbud type sound canceling earphones on occasion to listen to music. The ones I have cut outside noise by 32db thus meaning I don’t have to have the volume up high to hear the music.

As someone with hearing loss already, I’m a pretty big advocate for riders wearing hearing protection.

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Actually thorn it only applies to listening devices:

“Florida Statute 316.304 states that no person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.”

It be pretty easy to argue wearing hearing PROTECTION would be for the “improvement of defective human hearing”

As the law specifically only talks about “listening devices” ear plugs are not mentioned.

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Nice overview of what’s available



If you want to try the foam kind, you can get this sample pack and pick the ones that work best for you:
https://www.aerostich.com/clothing/v...ample-kit.html

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Most people don't know I'm wearing ear plugs, because they aren't viable under my helmet.

I always wear them for rides over 10 minutes long, or whenever I'm going above 45 mph. I love my hearing too much to skip on them.

I use the foam type for the same reason. Comfortable, and free at work. I keep a pair either in my pocket or in my helmet.


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I wear a Bell Riot helmet. It covers my ears and I don’t ever seem to feel like the bike is too loud. I have only ridden the bike once or twice without it and it was a clear difference.
Also I agree with KM, some laws are friggin stupid,
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I wear a Bell Riot helmet. It covers my ears and I don’t ever seem to feel like the bike is too loud. I have only ridden the bike once or twice without it and it was a clear difference.
Also I agree with KM, some laws are friggin stupid,
Hate to tell you this, but just because your helmet “covers your ears” doesn’t mean they aren’t exposed to hearing damaging noise. Tests on Full Face helmets showed sound at the eardrum easily reached 85 db at 55mph. It doesn’t need to sound loud to you to be harmful. And it’s not the sound of the bike, it’s the noise of the air rushing by. As it’s “white noise” it doesn’t seem loud to you.

A few minutes exposure won’t be an issue, but it’s that level over time that does the damage. Unrepairable damage I should add. A one hour cruise through the country will have done its harm, but you might not notice it for years.

The longer you ride unprotected results in increased hearing loss as you get older. Along with tinnitus, 30 years of riding have left me with ears that badly need hearing aids just to converse in public.
Don’t think that simply because you hear fine now it he damage isn’t occurring.
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I wear a Bell Riot helmet. It covers my ears and I don’t ever seem to feel like the bike is too loud. I have only ridden the bike once or twice without it and it was a clear difference.
Also I agree with KM, some laws are friggin stupid,
Hate to tell you this, but just because your helmet “covers your ears” doesn’t mean they aren’t exposed to hearing damaging noise. Tests on Full Face helmets showed sound at the eardrum easily reached 85 db at 55mph. It doesn’t need to sound loud to you to be harmful. And it’s not the sound of the bike, it’s the noise of the air rushing by. As it’s “white noise” it doesn’t seem loud to you.

A few minutes exposure won’t be an issue, but it’s that level over time that does the damage. Unrepairable damage I should add. A one hour cruise through the country will have done its harm, but you might not notice it for years.

The longer you ride unprotected results in increased hearing loss as you get older. Along with tinnitus, 30 years of riding have left me with ears that badly need hearing aids just to converse in public.
Don’t think that simply because you hear fine now that the damage isn’t occurring.

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