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    EAR PLUGS........what's the best / easiest to use ..??

    I've been riding since 1962 (!) and just now am thinking of joining the "never ride W/O earplug" crowd........I just bought a beautiful 1999 R1100R with the BMW "factory" windscreen .. the wind noise inside my Shoei Multitec is unbelieveable / so I guess earplugs are the best solution ??
    what's the general opinion / what really works...please....thanks !!

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    Don't screw around with your hearing, get yourself a custom-fitted set and be done with it.

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    Some people have found that a Laminar Lip can make a windscreen more quiet. I did. There have been multiple discussions of this device on the Forum. I wear earplugs all the time. I use 3M 1100 model. They are foam and cut sound dramatically. The local fire department uses them.
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    As Paul noted, there are hundreds of answers. I, and my wife, use iPlugz brand custom molded earplug speakers. They work great with our Autocom intercom system and definitely keep out noise when running at speed. Pricy, but definitely worth the protection and for listening to radio/music/intercom.

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    http://www.earinc.com/p2-iplugz.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by walterK75 View Post
    Some people have found that a Laminar Lip can make a windscreen more quiet. I did. There have been multiple discussions of this device on the Forum. I wear earplugs all the time. I use 3M 1100 model. They are foam and cut sound dramatically. The local fire department uses them.

    I've used both the Laminar Lip, and a top mount deflector, and I agree they do cut the noise, by cutting the 'snap'? and buffeting of the wind. But for me anyway,..plugs are still needed for anything more than a ride to the grocery,..etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 05Train View Post
    Don't screw around with your hearing, get yourself a custom-fitted set and be done with it.
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    You have asked a question that has been discussed at length in 2012, most probably found in the 'gear' section. Try searching for it. However, since you asked, I use the bright orange tekk disposable ear plugs by 3M. Bought a pack of 80 at either Home Depot or Lowes. I find them very comfortable and easy to insert. You can buy these, or similar, in a pack of 10 at an auto parts store or WalMart to try them out. Other members will have many different opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queretaro View Post
    You have asked a question that has been discussed at length in 2012, most probably found in the 'gear' section. Try searching for it. However, since you asked, I use the bright orange tekk disposable ear plugs by 3M. Bought a pack of 80 at either Home Depot or Lowes. I find them very comfortable and easy to insert. You can buy these, or similar, in a pack of 10 at an auto parts store or WalMart to try them out. Other members will have many different opinions.
    regards,
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    This is what I use and I agree with the above. However a friend, that also used them, just had custom plugs made, and he says the difference is amazing.
    He says quieter and as,or even more comfortable and well worth the $45.00 charge. As such I am considering a pair of customs.
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    I have trouble inserting the little yellow or white foam cylinders into my ear canals. I squeeze them down & pull on my ear as instructed. I must be just a bit fumble fingered and they have time to start expanding before I get them in.Just recently I discovered, courtesy of my cold garage, that the plugs are much slower to expand when cold, giving me just the needed extra time to make a proper placement. Once in the ear they do warm up and expand properly.

    Keeping ear plugs on ice/refrigerated sounds crazy but works for me.

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    I bought molded earplugs at the Johnson City rally...Big Earz I think. I like them a lot.
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    Howard Leight MAX ear plugs. These are disposable but good for many uses first. They are shaped to make insertion and removal (exsertion?) easy, have a smooth skin for comfort and have the highest noise reduction rating (33) I've seen. I bought a box of 100 pairs from a safety supply store. Compared to the cost of hearing aids later in life, they are cheap money. I wear 'em when lawn mowing, snow blowing, hammering nails and I even bring a pair along when I go to the movies. Trying to save what's left of my hearing. In short, any ear protection is better than none.

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    Howard Leight Laser Lite. Softer and more comfortable for me when in for a long time. After smashing the plug to insert, wet it a little and it goes in easier.

    I buy them in quantity on Ebay in a large enough quantity to supply friends and family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71565 View Post
    I've been riding since 1962 (!) and just now am thinking of joining the "never ride W/O earplug" crowd........I just bought a beautiful 1999 R1100R with the BMW "factory" windscreen .. the wind noise inside my Shoei Multitec is unbelieveable / so I guess earplugs are the best solution ??
    what's the general opinion / what really works...please....thanks !!

    from the swamp..
    JPFITZ
    If you are still reading this thread, I guess you get the picture: our ear canals are as unique as our fingerprints. What works great and is comfortable for one can work lose, or never seat, or be truly uncomfortable for another.

    I would suggest you buy SMALL quantities of as many brands/models of "disposable" ear plugs as you can find on the net. Pay attention to all those annoying details of moistening the plugs, lifting the ear lobe with the opposite hand as you insert the rolled up earplug, holding it in place with your index finger while it expands (and, as noted, too fast when hot and very slow when cold.) Also remember to pull out on the chin straps when you put on the helmet so you don't dislodge the plugs. Then perform the "stomp test." If your tromping feet sound like a bass drum in your head, the plugs are doing their job. Better to find this out before you hit the road, DAMHIK.

    Custom plugs are not the solution for everyone either. I have two pairs and both are great when a helmet is not in the picture. Actually the left plug always does its job, but the right one is too easily dislodged despite my care in donning the helmet. So I use a disposable plug in the right ear.

    I, like many but certainly not all, find earplugs a PIA. But they are worth the hassle, not only to protect your remaining hearing but for the peace they offer you on the road. Unless you are lucky, expect to spend some time and dollars finding the perfect solution for you. As a musician with some hearing loss, I have to tell you if I couldn't find effective ear plugs, I wouldn't ride.
    Doug
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