Hearing Protection for Motorcyclists

Discussion in 'Gear & Apparel' started by TonisToo, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I turned 50 this year and one thing I regret is not taking better care of my hearing when I was younger. During my University years, you just didn't wear ear plugs at the old Breezeway or at music concerts. I'm scared to go to a hearing specialist because I know my hearing is not what it should be. Add in a decade of riding motorcycles and I'm pretty sure that ringing noise is here to stay.

    I've been trying to develop better habits on the bike like using ear plugs on the highway. I hate the way foam plugs leave me disconnected from what the bike is doing. In some ways I find the foam plugs to be worse by inducing some deep down lower frequency vibrations in my head that takes time to wear off after the ride and causes fatigue. I happened to mention ear plugs to Keith at The Toy Box earlier this year and he tossed me a new set of ear plugs to try that he himself had found to be the the real solution. They are made by Earpeace - -Moto Original and they come with three different "inserts" that are meant to act as filters to remove certain frequencies of sound as well as reduce the decibels. They come with a metal case with three plugs in total for when you inevitably loose one. I tried the mid range filter first and found an enormous difference over the foam plugs. I could still hear the bike and what was going on around me but the harmfull ringing in the ears was noticeably reduced. I then tried the highest level of noise protetion using the black filter. This one worked the best for me. One day I was getting geared up for a ride and had put the ear plugs in and was doing up the helmet when I got a call on the cell phone from my wife. I was easily able to talk to her on the phone without removing the helmet and hear every word yet after my ride I did not have the lingering ringing in the ears. What sorcery is this?

    I think I would easily be able to use these ear plugs for hearing protection as well as use my Sena headset to talk to my riding buddy. Hopefully I get to test this in Spring 2021.

    So if you have annoying ringing in your ears that lingers after a long ride then maybe go see Keith and consider giving them a try. Your future self might thank you one day.

    Last edited: Dec 4, 2020
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  2. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I heard (no pun intended) that musician earplugs work the best because they allow a full range of sound. I have always used soft foam so they don’t irritate. Work gets our hearing tested every 2 years. My hearing hasn’t changed in the last 25 years.
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  3. RossKean

    RossKean Well-Known Member

    My hearing loss is significant and I use hearing aids when necessary - especially when I have to understand someone in an environment that has background or competing sounds.
    Partly genetic and partly many years of not taking appropriate care - music, shooting rifles, even mowing lawns! I wear good quality disposable foam plugs. When properly inserted, they give the highest attenuation. (I use a pair for several days before replacing them.)
    I will do what I can to protect the hearing I have left.
    Edit: I had a set of custom plugs made at Costco hearing center a few years ago. They never really fit right and didn't seal properly with a helmet on.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2020
  4. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I also have neglected my hearing for most of my adult life, and have been dealing with permanent tinnitus as a result for many years. With all that said, my lovely Wife still claims that my hearing loss is selective. ;)

    I have been using ear plugs on and off for about ten years now, starting with disposable foam, and shifting to musicians filters, and most recently to environmental filters attenuated to wind noise. I carry them permanently in my handlebar bags on both bikes. Unfortunately, having them handy doesn’t translate to automatically using them. I’m not sure why.
    I generally put them in on my high mileage days, or when it’s windy, but just haven’t gotten in the habit of putting them in all the time. :rolleyes:
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I have some hearing loss but not too bad considering. Mine got tested for work too. I use custom molded earplugs with built in speakers mostly. The foam plugs don't bother me to ride with.
    I've had tinnitus since I can remember as a child and pretty much don't even notice it unless I think about it like right this minute as I hear the ringing in my ears.
  6. dresda

    dresda Active Member

    We bought some of that type when our son was playing in a band and we'd go see him. They work extremely well but...

    Mike 'lost' one down his ear canal... we had a few tense minutes as I got some tweezers out and managed to snag it. So if you are a bigger person be careful.
  7. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    If I notice people coming closer and talking louder to me I'll know I've forgotten to take my ear plugs out again:oops:
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  8. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I have had a couple scary moments like that myself, and I’m not particularly big. ;)
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Always a little freaky trying to dig outlast earplugs

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