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My helmet is vented and didn't cost $800 bucks so you know the story. Excellent helmet though. (KBC Force RR) Anyways, I have very sensitive ears since I suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and want to protect them form wind noise so that further damage is not done. (my hearing is excellent though) Any recommendations? Thanks...

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I would recommend:

Ear plugs (different ears need different styles - I use Alpines)
or
New Cans
New Bike
New Helmet

or

SLOW DOWN
 

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I've sampled a bunch and there's one generic brand of orange foam earplugs from the local walgreens that work best. I buy them 100 or so at a time. Just try a coupla brands of foamies and see ya like best.

Earplugs are a MUST. Not only do they protect your hearing, they allow you to focus better, and keep you from getting tired and making mistakes.
 

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E.A.R. plugs are good - for foam tapered plugs, I find that by inserting them backwards (thin end out) they fit better, don't slip out and cut more noise. You need to make sure that they're in really far to work well, though.
 

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This may seem deeply stupid, but check out these instructions on how to insert earplugs properly
http://multimedia.mmm.com/mws/mediawebserver.dyn?6666660Zjcf6lVs6EVs666vQ2COrrrrQ-

It really makes a difference. As for brands, I have tried a few different offerings from my local pharmacy, and the only difference I have noticed between brands is the shape and how easily I get a good fit. You may need to just experiment until you find one that fits you best. For what it's worth, I have gotten better results from the bullet-shaped foam ones than the baffles or the core insert ones.
 

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If you have money buring a hole through your pocket you can take your bike with you to an audiologist and have em take db readings and create a custom fitted plug.
 

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i just use the orange foamies. if i can manage to lodge them in my head properly, they do the trick.

as for "slowing down," at least with my hjc helmet, any highway speed leaves my ears all 'cotteny' if i run for long enough without plugs in.
 

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I'll "+1" the foamies. Whether the orange or yellow ones. Whichever work better for you. Just remember, they're only good for a few times. The protection drops off drastically after they've been manipulated over and over again. Keep a few extra in your jacket as well. You will drop them, lose them, accidentally throw them away in the middle of a day's riding.
 

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I also buy the generic 100 pack from Walgreens. I have an 80 mile roundtrip commute to school, and I use them everyday.
 

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Thanks! I just joined te family and it seems like there is a lot I didn't grasp when I was a rider at 18? I guess I didn't have the internet or care. I saw a previous post about ear plugs and wasn't sure if that meant everyday riding? It seems like there is a lot to learn.

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Spidey said:
Just try a coupla brands of foamies and see ya like best.
+1

Everyones ears are different - try all the ones you can get hold of easily and buy a great big handful of the ones you like best everytime your supply gets low. My girlfriend doesn't like the ones I use, they're a little too big for her, so she gets a different brand. I try to keep at least a half a dozen pairs or so in the pockets of each of my jackets.

They're cheap, and they're _very_ worthwhile...

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+1 to wearing ear plugs and the foamies. I just grab a handfull from work and leave them in my riding gear so I always have them.
 

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I wear silicon Mack's Pillow Soft, they are a malleable
silicon putty, you don't need to shove them all the way into your
eay like foamies, just cover the canal...I like them much better
available at Walgreens too....
 

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Hearos

I've tried a lot of the basic drugstore brands, shooting plugs, etc. and the ones that worked best (by far) for me were Hearos.

While they're usually at bike shops that place I've found to get them is Guitar Center (which is open on Sunday, late at night, etc.)

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superbongos said:
I wear silicon Mack's Pillow Soft, they are a malleable
silicon putty, you don't need to shove them all the way into your
eay like foamies, just cover the canal...I like them much better
available at Walgreens too....
+1... I guess I have Princess and the Pea ears (very sensitive) as the foam type or the smooth push in type hurt my ears after a short while. The Macks are not even supposed to go in the ear canal, just cover the opening in the outer ear. They are "sticky" and seal by sticking to the skin of the outer ear. Don't try and use them right after a shower...they won't stick and thus won't seal and they then allow noise in. You can reuse them several times but they eventually get nasty dirty or loose their sticky quality. At Walmart, I think thay are about $5 for 6 pair.
 

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Big discussion of earplugs here:

http://www.ducatimonster.org/smf/index.php?topic=55260.0

Lots of good advice and opinions.

I've been wearing the EAR classics every time I ride (the simple yellow foamy plugs that can be bought cheaply at a Home Depot), and they work well for only a few $$. [thumbsup]
 

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mossimo said:
+1 to wearing ear plugs and the foamies. I just grab a handfull from work and leave them in my riding gear so I always have them.
i would never grab them, but i always seem to have a set in my pockets [thumbsup]
 
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