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    Posted: 06 May 2019 at 14:02
I've just bought a new helmet, a Bell 500. Nice helmet.......... BUT.
Compared to the Davida's I've used for years it's very noisy.The padding doesn't touch the ears but leaves an air gap.I thought there was something wrong with the bike when I first tried the helmet,it sounded like a knackered old Lister diesel.So, having never used ear plugs before, can any of you learned gentlemen recommend any particular type/brand of lug plugs please?
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I started using plugs for longish rides, now can't go further than the local store without them.
Your pharmacist probably stocks the quality ones (mine are Alpine Worksafe), they come with different frequency filters for different environments, very superior to the DIY store foam type, and they last.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dan_s Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2019 at 14:25
Ear plug fitting is individual, whats good for one person/ear may not suit another. otoh they're cheap so you can try for yourself.
The christmas tree type is what I like.
I do recommend to trim them if they protrude enough to touch the inside of the helmet. Also, there's less chance of loosing them if they're attached with a string.
Ear plugs seal better if they're lubricated. I use spit. Honest.
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Never used them nor felt the need. I think open face helmets are better than full face for noise.

I was told decades ago I'd be deaf by now if I didn't use ear plugs. The last hearing test I had showed I was better than the average for my age.
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It's a personal choice as to which of the many types available suit you and your ears. However, having tried numerous sorts over the years I now only use these as shown on eBay item 113373127240.

They are so cheap you could almost use a new pair each trip but in fact a pair lasts quite some time - usually until you notice more noise than previously at which point it is time to renew them.

Of great significance is fitting them fully in the ear not half hanging out as they will NOT work that way. They can get a bit uncomfortable if shoved in too far though you do learn the best depth of fit for comfort and do take them out after a couple of hours for a rest.

Oh and hearing your bike noises - that gets easier when the wind roar subsides so don't think you are riding a bag of nails today whereas you weren't yesterday - without ear plugs!
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Currently using  3M 1100 un corded  earplugs , I buy boxes  of 200 prs. They're single use disposable. 
I have also used made to measure filtered ( filter out the bad noise and allow conversation when off the bike) ear plugs but these can be expensive and my current set need replacing (one ear canal  has got smaller)
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Ear plugs !, the best tuning device I've ever bought, the bike goes so much faster and quieter with them in Thumbs Up .
Had mine made for me at my local Hospital years ago, apparently they don't do it any more ?, cannot ride a bike without them now + my Tinnitus has stabilized .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2019 at 09:50
Originally posted by iansoady iansoady wrote:

Never used them nor felt the need. I think open face helmets are better than full face for noise.

I was told decades ago I'd be deaf by now if I didn't use ear plugs. The last hearing test I had showed I was better than the average for my age.

But the average for your age is pretty poor. LOL
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I SAID...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hughguzzi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2019 at 21:26
Over the years Ive used quite a few different ear plugs, even custom fit moulded ones and although some are nice and reasonably quiet, most are not very comfortable after while on a long ride.
I wear Roof Desmo helmet which is so comfortable and great as open and full face BUT very wind noisy !

So kept trying until BOOM ! found the ones I love - OXFORD EARSOFT FX by 3M at SNR39db these are probably the quietest you can get - horrible wind noise pretty much gone but can still hear engine etc enough I think. Also these are really comfy even on a long trip (and I mean even a 12 hr one from North to South France.) Search online for outlets.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote David Owen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2019 at 17:54
I’ve been using Alpine MotoSafe Race, available at fine websites everywhere.  Terrific.  Just don’t lose the little black thingie (PLEASE, Alpine, make it some bright shiny colour so it can be found after you inevitably drop it) you use to push them in.
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Well, after taking advice and reading reviews, I've bought exactly what David Owen advocates above. I too bought the race version.Not that I'll be doing any racing, the company recommend them for use with open face helmets. I've not had an opportunity to try them yet so we shall see. Thanks chaps for all the input.
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I've used the green foam ones, which you squeeze and plug in. I also have some orange rubber xmas-tree ones, with a hole in, which come in a metal tube, some green rubber ones with no hole, and some custom-moulded whole ear plugs... listed in ascending order of effectiveness.

I use them with a Nolan Air, or a Shoei GT Air.

After the noisy Nolan, the Shoei with the moulded plugs is like sensory deprivation!
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