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08-10-2008 08:05 PM
Old Dog When I shot rifle, F-class or benchrest I used the como of the foam plugs and the over the ear gel type... Shooting skeet I would use the custom fit in ear rubber type, couldn't very well wear the over the ear type when shooting skeet International style...
I liked using both types when rifle shooting because you could remove the over the ear gel type when you finished shooting, and still have the foam type protection when others shot... My left ear is pretty much shot, but my right one is not as bad, but bad enough that I don't need more protection than the helment gives me when riding my cycle which is not too loud...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
08-10-2008 05:34 PM
Sky Rider Cool. AF I assume??
08-10-2008 05:27 PM
rckmtn Military, hearing conservation hadn't benn invented/enforced in the 60's and early 70's. My turbines were a combination of jets and the generators used at bare base deployments.
08-10-2008 05:18 PM
Sky Rider Rckmtn,

Those military jet turbines or civilian? Just curious since the military jets tend to start, taxi, and take off in groups and the civvy's don't do the formation thing. The formation runs with the jets can wreak havoc on the ears. The Navy is now instituting stronger hearing protection than in the past and is even forking over for custom fit earplugs to go with the new foam and gel ear muffs. For me it's too little too late.
08-10-2008 05:13 PM
rckmtn I wear 2 hearing aids and have about a 70% comprehension rate with them. My aids are the Behind the Ear type because my hearing has is so degraded. All or most of my hearing loss was noise induced from jet turbines. I started wearing aids in my early 30's and had to change vocations to keep my hearing. I don't wear ear plugs as shutting off my aids and leaving them in gives me a pretty good degree of protection.
Protect what hearing you have as you won't get it back. As Km was explaining the cilia bent and broken will not regrow. They have been compared to grass, walk on it and bend it a few times and the grass will straighten up but do it repeatedly and you will only have bare dirt and no grass.
08-09-2008 03:08 PM
99vulcan750 I am 20, have put 2,700 miles on my bike in 4.5 months, and I can't say how many times I am glad I wore a full face... I've hit several June bigs, a bird, and several pieces of gravel that were thrown at me... ear plugs are another good source of protection for yourself... jackets and chaps are optional, but brain buckets should be worn... I will be buying a 1/2 helmet next season, btu I like my full face and earplugs :-D
08-09-2008 02:12 PM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by Ron_G View Post
The only way to get to be an old fool is not to be a young one.
I understand the "cool factor" in not wearing a helmet but I've seen first hand the long term effects of what a head injury caused by a motorcycle accident can be. My uncle got thrown off a bike at low speed with no helmet. As a result for the last 50 years he's been partially paralized on his right side (needless to say his riding days were over when he hit the pavement).

I know that this is a contraversial topic and it's been beaten to death but please wear a freakin' helmet!

R
I'll sure amen that...
have a good one...Old Dog...
08-09-2008 01:36 PM
Ron_G
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Originally Posted by oglejust View Post
i dont wear a helmet nor do i have a windshield, also have straight pipes... im young so i like it lol im sure it'll catch up to me sooner or later
The only way to get to be an old fool is not to be a young one.
I understand the "cool factor" in not wearing a helmet but I've seen first hand the long term effects of what a head injury caused by a motorcycle accident can be. My uncle got thrown off a bike at low speed with no helmet. As a result for the last 50 years he's been partially paralized on his right side (needless to say his riding days were over when he hit the pavement).

I know that this is a contraversial topic and it's been beaten to death but please wear a freakin' helmet!

R
08-09-2008 01:46 AM
ramtuff I grew up with a partially deaf father, so I've seen what hearing loss can do first hand. His hearing loss wasn't extreme, but it was bad enough that he would misunderstand people. He'd joke about it, but the reality of what hearing loss can do set in when we were taking a flight with the local skydiving club and as we were entering the jump zone, the pilot yelled back "There's traffic below"...the jump coordinator asked what the pilot said and my dad said "It's alright to go," and the divers started jumping out of the plane upon hearing that. Thankfully no one was hit by another aircraft and we could joke about it afterwards, but the reality is, any amount of hearing loss is a bad thing.

I'm a young guy (28), and work in an industrial setting. It's pretty normal for me to be the only one wearing hearing protection on a job site or in the shop. After living with someone who was hearing impaired, I don't want to end up the same way. On short trips, riding the bike doesn't bother me any, but anything over 40-50 miles does (I wear a full face helmet, btw), so I'm going to try wearing some ear plugs on longer trips.
08-09-2008 12:49 AM
Sky Rider The only problem is that the hearing loss will get worse and worse as time goes on. The inner ear does not heal itself. Hearing loss is commulative, meaning it adds up over time.
Like helmets, hearing protection is a choice. You can deny that your hearing is getting worse but realitiy is against you. You can deny that helmets save lives, but again, reality is agianst you. If you choose not to wear hearing protection, you will suffer the consequences. That is your choice. Those around you may feel differently but it makes others easier to ignore if you can't hear them.
Personnaly, I've gotten to the point where I misunderstand what some people are saying and it can be embarassing. I really wish I had had the opportunity to use hearing protection back when I was younger but in the 60s and 70s, it didn't exist or wasn't readily available. Now I wear it whenever I'm around anything that makes enough noise that I have to shout to make myself heard.
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