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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:53 PM   #1
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I can't hear you --- EAR PROTECTION

I'v always been curious about why foam ear plugs are only ever rated to eliminate a maximum of 33 dbs of environmental audio. Frankly, I'd be happy with uncomfortable concrete in my ears if it helped kill some noise...

As it turns out, even coupling over-the-ear protection and foam plugs will only contribute to a reduction of 36 dbs of external/environmental noise...

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Q&A: Why Aren't Earplugs Made with Higher Attenuation Ratings? | HearForever
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:19 PM   #2
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Can you legally wear earplugs while riding?

I wear these while riding EarPro Sonic Defenders® Max Earplugs from SureFire
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Etymotic has some that claims to attenuate unwanted noise by 25 dB but still let music and speech in slightly attenuated but clear. $25, might give it a try. I'd like to be able to listen to Podcasts on the highway.
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25 a pop and replace every 3-6 months, wonder if it's worth it or just to grab a box of disposables?
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I got custom moulded ear plugs threw work for about $110. Very comfortable, block most noise but I hear all my surroundings around me no problem while riding.

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I got custom moulded ear plugs threw work for about $110. Very comfortable, block most noise but I hear all my surroundings around me no problem while riding.

Personalized Hearing Protection and hearing conservation: dB Blockers, dB Com, dB Life
I have a few pairs of moulded ear plugs from this company - one set has vents that allows a little more noise in and the other pair I had made extra thick and I wear those at the gun range. Excellent product and will last decades.
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Etymotic has some that claims to attenuate unwanted noise by 25 dB but still let music and speech in slightly attenuated but clear. $25, might give it a try. I'd like to be able to listen to Podcasts on the highway.
I have these. Triple flange model. i use them at concerts/clubs. Great on the plane too. eBay for 1/2 the price.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:51 PM   #9
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I just use noise cancelling ear buds and listen to music. With no music on it's like I have ear plugs in. But i'm always listening to music. Not even in the deafening range stated by my samsung phone.
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I find that if I use headphones I end up listening to music louder to over power my exhaust.

Probably doing 2x the damage as wearing nothing and just listening to the bike.
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36 DB's is a lot. Why not just get a quieter exhaust?
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The problem is the wind noise when riding at highway speeds
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The problem is the wind noise when riding at highway speeds
look at helmets with better noise reduction
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