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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk ear plugs

I have listened to my share of loud music, been to countless concerts, race motorcycles and work in a field where the ambient and peak noise levels of equipment can be ear shattering.

I've been monitoring my hearing through work and the doctors office for a while now. I just got back from an appointment and have damage to my left ear around the 4khz range. This is strange because my right ear has been bothering me lately.

So while I was in there today I told them that I would like a custom set of ear plugs made for racing / riding, work and the occasional concert where I might be next to an extremely loud speaker.

Who else has custom ear plugs? Tell me your experiences and give some advice. These things are 130 bucks and I'm thinking they are worth the money to save my ears in the long run.

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Shit, the first two paragraphs, almost word for word match what I went through a couple years ago. I never did get custom plugs, I've just been more careful and using the cheap foam ones. The custom ones are nice, especially if you get the ones where you can adjust how much they reduce your hearing. Some of the nicer ones reduce your hearing evenly (which is great for musicians that need to hear the music, but not go deaf by doing so).

I remember you saying you could never get the foam ones to stay in your years...so it sounds like the custom ones are worth it for you. Don't skimp out!

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the good ones they make at the biker rallys have earbuds molded in, im cheap and just use the foam ones, sleep with them in them all the time
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$130 isn't too bad for a custom set of ear plugs. I've always used the foam plugs, but it sounds like you will use them enough to benefit from a custom set. I'd do it if I were you.

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i get the disposable foams from work free, they are pretty good at reducing noise, i also get hearing tests 2x a year and i have lost a little in the upper range as of this last time but admittedly i got lax about wearing the earplugs

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The high speed track riding destroys your ears man.

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I didn't start using ear protection until my late 30's. Music, bikes , racing, spectating at races, and work on uber noisy jobsites took their toll...wish I had started using ear protection years earlier!...I'd say yes...the $130 bucks for custom earplugs is worth it and if you can't afford it use the foam or silicone ones you get at work or the drugstore.
Sure will help prevent the ringing that you WILL experience from being worse!

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I went and watched the Indy Cars last year at Chicagoland and those things make straight up horrible ear peircing noise. I was sorry I didn't have any hearing protection.

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The helmet rumble is terrible for your ears.

The custom ones are OK.... I prefer the foam throw-away's.

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If the foam ones don't work for you, definitely get a custom set.

I worked with tools, in high noise equipment rooms, and rode for 30+ years without hearing protection and have a notch at 6KHz and the constant ringing to prove it. Started wearing foam plugs on the bike and in loud situations about 5 years ago. Much better.

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I stared wearing earplugs about 5 years ago. I can tell the difference as I cannot ride a block without them now. Track, street it doesn't matter I wear them. The disposable foam ones don't cut it for me. I buy them by the dozen

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I just paid over $600 for a new glasses so $130 for your hearing, which is just as important, is worth it IMO. If you're really exposed to that much noise and you can afford it I'd pull the trigger.

FWIW I use Etymotic Er6i every time I ride or fly. What a world of difference.
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Make sure you have any excess ear wax removed from your ears. Most people have a large build up. And people like myself that use ear plugs all the time force wax into your ear canal. See you ear nose and throat doctor for ear wax removal you cannot do at home.
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Playing drums, running high powered race bikes for endurance and working in industry have forced me to use ear protection for years. I never get on a bike (ok not the dirt bike) without putting on a set. When I'm playing live, I use an earpiece for a click track and the other for monitoring.

I like music (ear candy) too much to jeopardize my hearing.

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Abi has them since she has tubes in her ears, and cannot get any water in them at all. They molded them in the office and sent the molds out, plugs were back in about 4 days. Our health insurnace covered them, but if not they were $65. She sees Dr. Ankit Patel. http://www.entsurgicalillinois.com/m...joliet-in.html

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I have the custom ones from Big Ear. They're nice. They're comfortable. You just hand wash them to keep them clean. I need to have one remade. One doesn't go as deep into the ear canal. When I pull off my helmet, it sometimes comes loose. They reduce the volume of everything, but you can still hear well. Just the volume is reduced.

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I wear foam throw aways at work, and they give us hearing tests once a year. I also am uncomfortable at the track not wearing ear plugs. The noise is bad, and I think it helps with concentration, and not to mention you can still hear the engine at 160mph.
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I started wearing 'em on the track... now I wear 'em whenever I'm on the bike. Just made good sense.

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I got a set from Sensaphonics in Chicago. Makes a HUGE difference! I already have loss from playing live, riding, and concerts. Don't want to lose any more. They fit so comfortably I forget they're in. I think I paid 110 for mine.

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Nick, there are usually one or two vendors at the IMS show making custom plugs and/or earphones.

Here is the exhibitor list. Check out EAR Inc, EAR-ific Molds, or Fit-Ear.
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