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Old 07-06-2005, 10:23 PM   #1
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first post! But I don't wear ear plugs.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:58 AM   #2
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Or join the military, get on flying status, and your earplugs are free! But then there's that whole "duty, honor, country" thing.....



I wear earplugs every time I ride. Hearing loss sucks.
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:37 AM   #3
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the least popular and least expensive hearing protection is retaining the stock exhaust.
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:13 AM   #4
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What?
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:17 AM   #5
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I wear the corded variety. Makes fishing them out of your ears a whole lot easier. I pick them up at a local surplus store for about $.25 a pair. But buying in bulk makes sense as you are less likely to run out of them. It is amazing just how loud wind really is. Think you have a quiet helmet? Have your hearing tested if you ride a good bit and don't use plugs.
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:46 AM   #6
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Lets just say I work in an area where I deal with this stuff all the time so here is my partially informed opinion:



1. Use plugs. If you are young, you are thinking I'm full of you know what. If you listen to me and use plugs, you'll thank me after I'm long gone and your riding buddies keep saying "'eh?" & "say again".

2. Try lots of types and use what is comfy. Actually I'd shy away from the highest NRR ratings if I wuz you. The high NRR expando-foam types just cut too much sound...note that I said "sound" and not "noise". MOrons are generally pretty sharp - you know what I mean.

3. Verschoor is right - buy in bulk. DON'T clean 'em and keep reusing. Don't go there!



Another hobby of mine is Audio. I got started with Dynaco Kits about the same time as I got the not so mighty DT-1 (71 model, a nice copper color like the SV-S's of a couple of yrs ago). My high frequency hearing is pretty much gone now and ahead of schedule. I did not start wearing plugs until the early 90's. What a maroon I was.



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Old 07-07-2005, 03:01 AM   #7
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Actually, exhaust noise has pretty much nothing to do with hearing loss. It's the constant rush of air moving past your ears while at speed.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:01 AM   #8
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Earplugs? If I wore them, I would have great difficulty hearing the stereo on my Goldwing!
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:03 AM   #9
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Got a loud exhaust?? Use plugs. Not wearing a helmet?? Use plugs. If you have a helmet on and a full fairing in front, plugs are pretty much optional in my opinion, but the constant loud noise of exhaust, or wind noise will blow your ears out. Use em.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:41 AM   #10
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What if you wear a full face helmet? This is a non issue then, correct?
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