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Earplugs?

I just started wearing a half helmet, and everyone I know is telling me I need to wear earplugs while riding, or I face permanent hearing loss.

Does everyone on here wear ear plugs??



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I wear ear plugs. The wind noise is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in the high frequencies. Loss in high freq. makes it very difficult to hear women, children and in the presence of background noise! You would do best to get custom made plugs for comfort and effectiveness. I should know, I'm an Audioprosthologist and have been fitting hearing aids for 30 years........... ;o)

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...Loss in high freq. makes it very difficult to hear women, children...
So is this a pro or con???
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I wear ear plugs. The wind noise is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in the high frequencies. Loss in high freq. makes it very difficult to hear women, children and in the presence of background noise! You would do best to get custom made plugs for comfort and effectiveness. I should know, I'm an Audioprosthologist and have been fitting hearing aids for 30 years........... ;o)
Wait...if I wear a half helmet without ear plugs I'll stop being able to hear my wife and kids? Sign me up!!!
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Ive almost always worn a half shell, no plugs...but after a long ride I DO get the "water in ear" feeling for about a minute....my hearing is pretty well shot anyway (like the rest of me) as i used to run heavy equipment, chainsaws, woodshop tools, etc....only drawback with earplugs, is that they will cut out noises you MAY wanna hear, such as car horns, bad engine noises, etc.
Personally, on an average to short ride, half shell w/o plugs is ok...for really long rides I have a 3/4 Bell SuperMagnum...
I think I got a spider livin in my right ear anyway, and wouldnt want him to suffocate if I used plugs...lol



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I just got a shiver thinking about the spider thing. I check my helmet every time before I put it on. I hate freakin' spiders. That's all I need is for one to start crawling on my head or down my visor while I'm riding. *shiver*
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I never used ear plugs until I got the VN750. Now I can't go down the block without them. This engine is very noisy. I use expanding foam ear plugs that cut out all the high pitch sound.

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There are no ear plugs that "cut out all the noise"! They reduce sound about 30 dB, much like plugging your ears with your fingers. They reduce loud sounds that damage your hearing. I got divorced, so I don't need ear plugs! (jk) Custom plugs are very comfortable and are easier to insert/remove than most others. You can contact a hearing aid dispenser in your area and find out the cost or just come see me..... ;o)

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I use earplugs.....now. Already have some hearing loss. Sure, you can joke about not hearing the wife or kids... But you'll also have to turn your TV up , constantly ask for folks to repeat themselves, and miss out on good gossip.

Damage still continues every day you get exposed.... It's like freaking radiation....everything seems alright to you, but as time goes on the damage has been done and your hearing slowly fades. You might not notice anything now, but in 10-20 years you'll be deaf.

Trust me. You should wear earplugs when you ride even with a full face helmet. Even for just a brief ride.

Was that your granddaughters first words? Can she repeat them I missed it......

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There are no ear plugs that "cut out all the noise"! They reduce sound about 30 dB, much like plugging your ears with your fingers. They reduce loud sounds that damage your hearing. I got divorced, so I don't need ear plugs! (jk) Custom plugs are very comfortable and are easier to insert/remove than most others. You can contact a hearing aid dispenser in your area and find out the cost or just come see me..... ;o)
So I guess using headphones and listening to music that's louder than the wind isn't such a hot idea either??



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