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    I always wear earplugs, I value my hearing too much. So I have tried to get the five other riders in my office that ride to work regulary to at least try wearing them. I've used the analogy that was previously mentioned that it is like rolling the windows up on your cage. Needless to say I'm just the "BMW nut" that thinks too much about safety, wears protective gear, a full face helmet (fits correctly), and can't hear anything cause he has ear plugs in. Oh well, I'll have me hearing later in life and enjoy my rides more.

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    I wear earplugs anytime I'll be on a highway for longer than a few minutes. Two reasons: 1) most importantly, I value my hearing, and 2) on longer rides the noise adds to riding fatigue. About the only times I don't wear them is if I'm just going a couple miles on city streets to a grocery store, etc...

    I get mine at a local shooting range. I buy reusable earplugs that cost anywhere from $3 to $10 a pair. I'll stop in once a year and buy a few pair. They usually come with a little case. They also tend to have a cord or string connecting the two. I yank the string out as it tends to get in the way when putting on and removing my helmet.

    Anyway, I have a pair in each jacket that I own, etc... My favorite are a pair of blue Howard Leight earplugs (not sure exactly what they're called) that I bought at the shooting range a couple of years ago. I keep them in their little plastic case in my tank bag. As I remember they were around $5 or so, like all the others. Every now and then I have to scrape off the wax or whatever nastiness builds up, but otherwise they're holding up well. I have several pair of reusable Howard Leight earplugs, and they seem to make a quality product. Here's a pic of a pair of $4.95 Howard Leights that look a lot like them (might be the same ones):



    One thought about buying earplugs at a shooting range. Make sure they look small enough to allow your helmet to go over them without knocking them out. I made that mistake once. No big deal as they only cost a few bucks and when the helmet knocked them out I just tossed them into my shooting gear. But think about it when you're shopping. If they look too long they probably are.
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    Been using them for the last 18 + years.

    Having had the pleasure of purchasing hearing aids for my wife I can attest that they make BMW prices seem absolutely cheap! They are small but quite expensive.

    Should hearing aids be added to the ATGATT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    I guess I'm going to have to look around some more and find something that will work for me.
    Aerostitch actually sells a 'trial pack' one pair each of something like a dozen disposable ear plugs. They offer a set with tethers or without.

    I find the cylinder shaped ones become painful for an all day ride, so I prefer the bell shape. My local shop just started carrying a new, softer "light" foam plug - its bright green. I've got both those and the orange ones so I can switch.

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    owl wings

    The wings of owls are serrated in a way
    that makes them very quiet in flight. It
    helps them with grocery shopping(hunting).

    I've got a face shield that is getting kind
    of scratched and I am thinking of using
    it in an experiment on helmet whistling.
    My idea is to file teeth into the outside
    edge of the top and sides of the shield to
    see if this breaks up the flow enough to
    quiet the whistling. Has anyone done this
    or anything similar to prevent the noise
    rather than deal with it?
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    sounds like a good start. I wear ear plugs 90% of the time.

    This is my first time on a forum and I'm trying to learn how to use it.

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    Unfortunately, I've been one of those who also didn't find wind noise "objectionable" I knew some riders used earplugs, but I did not research and I had the fears of missing needed or critical sounds. I also worked as a musican for a number of years (w/o ear plugs) so I had previous hearing loss. I assumed the acceleration of that which I've experienced over the last couple years was simply aging process, now I know better. I've only just recently began to look closely at this forum, but I am very glad I have; it's a wonderful resource. I am waiting for my beloved K100 LT to arrive in Denmark, and rest assured, I'll be wearing ear protection for our "reunion ride." Keep the info coming!

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    OK OK OK! UNCLE!

    Actually, just got a "trial pack" of QuietEar plugs from the EarPlugStore.com
    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/quietnrr14.html

    They are the bell shaped, soft rubber type. Their trial set consists of 3 pairs in sm,md,lg. My wife and I tried them this morning over coffee. The large works for me (although the md or average as the call it fit as well), the mediums fit her and the smalls will be perfect for my 9 year old.

    I used them on the way to work today. Definitely a difference from the orange foamy type. They cut the noise way down, changed the sound I hear from the bike but didn't completely block everything, leaving me alone with the sounds in my head. I could still hear a little helmet/windshield whistle although it was very muffled. The high and low ranges of the engine sounds were cut, leaving just a mid range at a muffled level.

    So, not objectionable. At least not for the 7 minutes I wore them this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    OK OK OK! UNCLE!

    Actually, just got a "trial pack" of QuietEar plugs from the EarPlugStore.com
    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/quietnrr14.html

    They are the bell shaped, soft rubber type. Their trial set consists of 3 pairs in sm,md,lg. My wife and I tried them this morning over coffee. The large works for me (although the md or average as the call it fit as well), the mediums fit her and the smalls will be perfect for my 9 year old.

    I used them on the way to work today. Definitely a difference from the orange foamy type. They cut the noise way down, changed the sound I hear from the bike but didn't completely block everything, leaving me alone with the sounds in my head. I could still hear a little helmet/windshield whistle although it was very muffled. The high and low ranges of the engine sounds were cut, leaving just a mid range at a muffled level.

    So, not objectionable. At least not for the 7 minutes I wore them this morning.
    Congratulations! It "sounds" like you found the correct shape and fit for your ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    didn't completely block everything, leaving me alone with the sounds in my head. .
    That sounds like what I need, I have been using the orange ones.
    I am going to give these a try. Thanks for the tip.

    Tom

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    Be Careful

    leaving me alone with the sounds in my head.
    They say bad things to me like, "you really need that new farkle, the wife will understand, really

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    I do not like to wear them. I like to listen to the bikes. They all speak a different language. Back when it was not an issue for most folks I raced a Kawsaki Mach III with Denco expansion chambers as well as a wide open BSA Victor and a flat track Yamaha 250 and above all my first wifes constant screaming.
    I intend on hearing everything that I have left , including my current wife's (27 years) gentle tones!!

    Sorry , it is just me.

    I am a fiber optic splicer and do protect my eyes from laser radiation though, does that count!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfifer View Post
    I do not like to wear them. I like to listen to the bikes. . . . I intend on hearing everything that I have left , including my current wife's (27 years) gentle tones!!
    Then start saving up for hearing aids.

    Quote Originally Posted by mfifer View Post
    I am a fiber optic splicer and do protect my eyes from laser radiation though, does that count!
    No . . . but, at least you'll be able to see to find your hearing aids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeemerMike View Post
    Then start saving up for hearing aids.


    WHAT ?


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    no one has mentioned these........yet

    Worlds Finest Natural ear plugs
    Rated NRR 34, and blended from the purest beeswax, cotton and lanolin

    super pliable like clay or playdo

    I work around printing presses and have been using these for over 2 years
    they work great and don't hurt your ears after long hours of wear

    they block out the wind noise on the LT just great !

    here is the site

    http://www.earplugsonline.com/index.html

    don't work for them just a fan

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