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Old 10-14-2006, 11:36 AM   #61
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Great article. It just reinforces what I've been doing for a few years now. As the earlier post mentioned, carrier flight decks (and engine rooms, jet shops, etc.) are about the loudest things on the planet. I still have all my hearing after too much time around loud things, simply because I'm a complete dork about it. Riding the bike, mowing/weedwhacking, power tools, and angry spouses are all times to put 'em in. ATGATT includes earplugs.



Try cutting sheetmetal with a circular saw and no hearing protection. You'll probably decide that pulling a Vincent van Gogh is preferable to the slight aural discomfort you may be experiencing.



By the way, those "racing stripes" on a few of the models tested are there for a good reason: OSHA compliance. The safety weasels at industrial plants can tell at a glance if the plugs are inserted deep enough to be working.
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Old 10-14-2006, 02:59 PM   #62
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Nice article! I have been one of the converted since I started riding again last year--didn't want to exacerbate the usual minor hearing loss from recreational gunfire, loud music, and chainsaws (recreational again) that I accumulated in my 20s and 30s.



I went through a bunch of poly and PVC plugs, and wound up favoring the same Howard Leight Max plugs in the #1 spot, and faithfully dropped about eight bucks for five pair at the range I go to until I found out that you can buy them by the box of TWO HUNDRED for <$35 at Gemplers.com; 18 cents a pair vs $1.60.



Screw using them as tub toys--that's cheap enough to string together and take to the beach....
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:15 PM   #63
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I use ear plugs that are custom fit for me at a local hearing aid shop. They cost 25.00 and I've had them for 3 years. They are so comfortable I can wear them all day. I highly recommend talking to your local specialist to see how much they can build a set for.
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Old 10-15-2006, 06:40 AM   #64
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Yes, but HIS "custom clear-silicone plugs" were made from sugar and gelatin..........



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Old 10-15-2006, 07:13 PM   #65
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I enjoyed the article. Yes, I already knew I should wear ear protection, but I do so only occasionally. I have a real problem with the fit of plugs. IF I can fit them at all, one plug usually gets dislodged in the process of putting my helmet on. I don't know why, but an ill-fitting ear plug seems to make wind noise worse than nothing at all.



I currently use Hearos, but this article taught me that there are different sized plugs that might fit better in my odd ears. I will now shop around to find a plug that does not make me do insane girations for three minutes before a ride.



Question: What about cotton? A friend of mine was a sound engineer and would stuff pieces of cotton in his ears, even if we were in a semi-loud bar. How effective are your basic cotton balls?
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Old 10-16-2006, 05:27 AM   #66
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Even cheaper:



http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/holemaxuffop.html



$0.11 per pair plus shipping.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:59 AM   #67
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Neat! Puts the drugstore markup of ~1000% in perspective...
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:36 PM   #68
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It seems the best noise protection would be a set of noise canceling earphones. I have a set of the Bose Quitecomfort 2 headphones that I use when flying that work great and you can use them alone or with an iPod. I have used them flying on C130s, C141s, and C17s. They cut the noise level down a lot! They don't fit under a helmet though. There is now avaliable earphone versions that fits in your ear and they run from about $99 to $200.
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Old 10-28-2006, 05:39 AM   #69
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Really a fun read on what could a pretty dry subject.

Kinda suprised though that nobody wants to take an opposing view; Cheesebeast sounds like fun to beat up on, kinda like a costumed mascot. Somebody's gotta give it a shot!

Safety supply stores for construction are an excellent source, Sanderson, where I get mine will even sell a Variety Pack.

Any suggestions for getting the ear plugs in after I've got the helmet on? Other than a Beanie, that's too easy.
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:54 PM   #70
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A very entertaining read! And you ride a Buell. You are obviously a man to be reckoned with.



Wait. You chose the pink ones?



Hey, one addendum. Ever swab your ears thoroughly--I mean real good until the swabs show no discernable funk--then don ear plugs and gear, yes a helmet, and take off for a three hour tour, then when removing the earplugs, find adhered to them frighteningly massive globs of tenacious inner ear wax to where you don't dare reinsert/reuse them?



No? Me neither.



But if you did, and you didn't have a spare pair of ear plugs and no stores nearby from which to purchase new ones, would you...



a) ditch the nasty foam and bio-wax plugs adn ride home plugless?



b) attempt to clean the offending bio-wax from the plugs and then reinsert them for the fide hom?



c) go around proudly showing everyone you can find the amazing deposits of bio-wax that you have made?



d) Insert the bio-wax plastered plugs between the lifted faceshield and helmet top of your riding buddy.



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