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Offline MackenzieHailey

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Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:54:00 AM »
Hey guys,

Any suggestion on what hearing protection I should buy? I always wear my helmet but I still hear ringing in my ears every time I ride for long hours. My brother said it might be a sign of tinnitus. I tried generic plugs but they don't fit well in my ears and caused some inflammation in my ear canal.

Will appreciate any response from all of you. :D

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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 02:02:42 PM »
Well, hearing ringing in your ears is the definition of tinnitus, however it may be just a transient condition based on exposure to loud noise. Is this wind noise you are trying to solve? If so a different helmet may be the solution. Assuming you are using a full-face helmet with the visor closed, this will be the quietest, but each helmet is different in wind.

Anyway, for ear plugs the easiest is to find the slow-recovery PVC foam type ear plugs that you roll into a little thin shape and put them in, let them expand to fit. You can get these at most drugstores, don't know where you are, but here in the USA they are available everywhere, including Amazon like this: https://www.amazon.com/Earplugs-Classic-Foam-Diposable-Pack/dp/B00GYFPWYE/ref=sr_1_12

There are other brands besides 3M but these are the real deal and will work. Silicone or natural rubber ear plugs are going to have a much worse fit and perform far worse, in addition to probably irritating your ear.

Just bear in mind they will reduce all sound including cars and traffic and other things you might want to hear, so reducing the offending noise is probably a better starting point... different helmet.

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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 03:43:39 PM »
We just had a similar discussion about this recently in another thread. I'll leave you with my comments from there.
I suggest buying a "sampler pack" of ear plugs to find the ones that fit your ear. If that fails, you will have to get custom plugs made.

No helmet, even the Scheuberth, Arai, and Shoei helmets, can bring the noise down to a safe level when are riding on the freeway/highway. If you put significant miles on your bike without hearing protection, you 100% will damage your hearing. On a motorcycle you are exposed to a lot of loud sounds, from 95 to 105 decibels. Any sound above 85 decibels will cause hearing loss over a prolonged period of time.

Everyone who rides needs to find the hearing protection that works best for them. If you don't want to spend the time, money, and effort to get a pair of custom molded ear plugs from an audiologist (and then risk losing your expensive pair of ear plugs) I recommend getting a disposable ear plug sampler pack to see what works best for you:
https://www.earplugstore.com/unfoamtrialp1.html

Everyone likes different ear plugs, that's why they make so many. My personal criteria are:
1. Super Soft (So they are comfortable)
2. Pre-shaped (So they take less time to put in)
3. Short (So they don't get pulled out by the helmet)
My favorites so far are these:
E-A-R E-Z-Fit UF Foam Ear Plugs (NRR 28)


Basically, you are going to have to try a few ear plug versions to see what works best for you. Foam, reusable, moldable, or custom fit. I find the reusable ear plugs, like those from Pinlock, to be torture devices for motorcycle use. But that's just me, give them a try to see if they work best for you!

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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 03:04:28 PM »
I use the foam ear plugs. My GS doesn't bother me much at all even without plugs, never did. My VFR however is so loud even the highest rated plugs don't help much after a longish ride. I wouldn't be surprised if I've already cause some hearing damage as most of the time I don't even use the plugs. For some reason it just doesn't sound as loud anymore.
Why are you looking here?

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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 04:59:06 PM »
For some reason it just doesn't sound as loud anymore.

Gee... Wonder what that reason could be...


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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 06:42:08 PM »
for me the wind noise is far louder than the exhaust on both of my bikes. The Triumph is a lot louder than the GS, but I cruise at lowish rpms and it's really not an issue. But the wind over the helmet is a lot of noise and it's broad-band, almost white noise, far worse for your hearing than the low pitch drone of my Bonneville.

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Re: Bike still too loud that I hear ringing in my ears
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 06:58:57 PM »
If you have a GS500F, you should get a Madstad windshield.

Its expensive and ugly but it cuts the wind noise by so much, you can almost get by without ear plugs if you have the stock exhaust.