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biggaudi
Just as a general poll and out of curiosity, does everyone wear hearing protection? I usually don't, but recently after upgrading my exhaust have been thinking about getting in the habit.
 
How does this effect your ability to hear other things I.E. blue tooth, other drivers, sirens, music, etc.?
 
And what hearing pro do you recommend?

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zombiphone
I have custom molded earplugs that are reusable that I got trackside (They also often sell them at bike shows or gun shops). I never ride without them. It helps tremendously with concentration, and, even if it didn't, I personally value my hearing and want to keep it as long as I can. To me- you wear gear to protect yourself when things go wrong. You wear earplugs to protect yourself when things are going right.
 
And no- never had any issues with hearing things with them, save maybe when someone tries to talk to me at a stop light, and mine are made to block about 33db. It basically just cuts out wind noise.
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07echelon
^ what she said.
 
I've used disposable ear plugs for about 6 months and while great, I bought these to avoid buying disposable ones over and over again. They work and go on my key chain for my motorcycle so I never forget them.
 
Edit: These are the disposable ear plugs I used to wear. 
 
I've had great experience with both the disposable and reusable pairs of earplugs. Blocks out wind noise, can still have a conversation over a sena headset, and hear the important sounds from the surrounding.
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so1102
I have a box of 200 pairs of foamies that I periodically draw from. 32dB protection -- work just great. You would be surprised just how windy even a high dollar helmet (like my Arai) is once you wear hearing protection.
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hippiebikerchick
I wear blue hearos most of the time; they stay in and work well. I play music over my Sena system and with the hearos in the music sounds clearer than without. I would really like a pair of those custom made ones but so far I'm sorta chicken to have someone squirt stuff in my ear.  :-/
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cndnmax
I wear earplugs and usually have my Bluetooth speakers at full volume so I can hear it over the earplugs. I can still hear sirens, horns, exhausts, but I definitely don't hear everything.
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pineappleunderthesea
I always wear ear protection, got a box of foam plugs (Laser Lites). It cuts down on wind noise, but still allows you to hear traffic, Bluetooth headset, etc. I also use them for mowing the lawn.! No earplug will mute completely, which you wouldn't want anyway. You just need to get rid of enough low and high frequencies to protect the ear and help you focus on the ride instead of being blasted by wind or exhaust noise.
 
Working in a job where going to the factory means wearing earring protection, safety training shows you how damaging loud constant noise can be in the long run, so is is a no-brainier for me.
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07echelon
Also, a lot of people do not know how to properly wear ear plugs. I'll admit that I didn't either. Watch this video
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nGO0qNTCd8
 
Before when I wore ear plugs, I literally just mashed them into my ear, in the proper orientation of course, but more or less just mashing them in. I always ended up with more than half of the ear plug outside of my ear, and it wasn't very effective.
 
Whatever brand of ear plugs you do end up using, make sure to properly insert them with the technique shown in the video.
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cndnmax
Also, a lot of people do not know how to properly wear ear plugs. I'll admit that I didn't either. Watch this video 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nGO0qNTCd8
 
Before when I wore ear plugs, I literally just mashed them into my ear, in the proper orientation of course, but more or less just mashing them in. I always ended up with more than half of the ear plug outside of my ear, and it wasn't very effective.
 
Whatever brand of ear plugs you do end up using, make sure to properly insert them with the technique shown in the video.
 
It makes a world of difference when you put them in right. I pretty much wear them all day at work and I've gotten the hang of lifting my ear and putting them in with just one hand.
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yamobethere
+1 for the blue hearos, they cut down the wind noise immensely and make riding for longer periods at higher speeds much more enjoyable.
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rmdet
Blue Hearos here as well - very effective, comfortable, and I don't get too upset when I lose one.
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ducttapewd40
The most I do is wear earbud headphones if I'm going to be on the interstate for more than 20 or 30 minutes. The difference was pretty obvious when I drove for 2.5 hours with only one ear in (the other side fell off in the pocket of a pair of jeans in the laundry) and one ear was half deaf when I got there and the other was fine.
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kakusaizou
Ear plugs are part of my ATGATT, I do not ride without them. My work place has stashes of pliable ear plugs that I use.
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adv42
I have tried many different earplugs over the years and usually reverted back to not using any, until I found these:
 
http://earplugsonline.com/
 
They actually work without working loose, etc.
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twowheeladdict
I wear earplugs. I get the green contour ones at Wal-Mart. They block the wind noise so I can hear better. I still have perfect hearing because I always wear hearing protection when doing any loud activities.
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xtrapsi
Custom molded earpieces plugged into my SENA 99% of the time I ride. Wind/Road/Exhaust noise is annoying after years of riding with hearing protection. I can keep the volume on 1 and hear my surroundings just fine. Better than trying to drown the noise out with helmet speakers!
 
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eskae3
I actually used these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032BYCWG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
I know they're not the ones from this brand specific for riding but they're quite a bit cheaper and I like them so far.
My Sena Bluetooth works just fine. I can hear emergency vehicles but it does the job on killing the air noise from riding the Freeway for long trips.
 
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xtrapsi
This works great for the folks like myself who have small or odd shaped ear canals.
http://amzn.com/B003A28OW6
 
I have also make my own custom earbuds for music or use with my SENA by wrapping it around the headphone with no ear inserts.
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kyrtgr
I've been using the Alpine Motosafe ear plugs. They work mostly as a filter to cut wind noise and they provide little dubbing of other noises.
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adv42
About three years ago, I finally found earplugs that work for me.
They are from Beneficial Products, Inc.
Website is:  www.earplugsonline.com
 
You won't be disappointed. They are a soft, pliable consistency, and seal excellently.
Many other plugs I have used seem to eventually "pop" out of my ear.
This has never happened with these.
 

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Howard Leight Multi-Max
 
Super soft on the yellow end and easy to fit. A little firmer on the red end.
Comfy for long periods, and can fit a wide variety of ear canal sizes. NRR 31 so you can still hear louder traffic noises (horns, sirens, etc.), but they nearly eliminate helmet noise. I also wear them to sleep sometimes because my lovely wife snores...    O_o
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zombiphone
I have custom molded earplugs that are reusable that I got trackside (They also often sell them at bike shows or gun shops). I never ride without them. It helps tremendously with concentration, and, even if it didn't, I personally value my hearing and want to keep it as long as I can. To me- you wear gear to protect yourself when things go wrong. You wear earplugs to protect yourself when things are going right. 
And no- never had any issues with hearing things with them, save maybe when someone tries to talk to me at a stop light, and mine are made to block about 33db. It basically just cuts out wind noise.
Hey, are you the chick that's doing the "Girl Meets World on an FZ-07" blog on motorcyclist.com?  I noticed your bike in your avatar and saw that you are from LA. If so, I am so jealous of you, haha!  Great read!
I am! Damn, it's like I'm almost marginally famous, haha. Glad to see people are enjoying it as much as I have, as it's been an adventure and a half, and I'm only just getting started :)  
(Oh- And I used earplugs the whole time :P #totallyontopic)
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