Ear plugs, anyone tried these?

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  1. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler I'm a Believer

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    Anyone use these:

    Mack's White Silicone Reusable Ear Plugs:
    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/macwhitadsiz.html
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    Or these:
    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/silnatrubear.html
    Says "[FONT=arial, helvetica][FONT=arial, helvetica]Fits comfortably under helmets for motorcyclists...".[/FONT][/FONT]
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    I found out I like riding with ear plugs but the typical foam plugs are really uncomfortable and a pain to get in correctly and they sometimes get dislodged when donning my helmet.

    Wondered if these might be any better.
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  2. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    I use Macks...when I swim. They'd work well on the bike too I tend to the foam bcs it doesn't get quite so...linty.
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    I use molded earplugs like the ones above.

    Great because they don't get dislodged while riding (Hated that feeling with foam ones when they half popped out of your ear).

    They are reusable/washable, but cost alot more than the disposables.
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  5. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler I'm a Believer

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    You wouldn't perchance have a link to a supplier of those would you?
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  6. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    The macks silicone are my earplug of choice when not listening to music through ety's. I find that I can rarely get foam plugs to seat correctly, and, the silicone ones, you just shove in their and keep squishing around until you can't hear anything anymore! Job done! You can use them a couple times too, but, eventually, they lose the stickiness that keeps them in place. Don't get me wrong, they're not sticky, but, they lose.... something. Available at most drug stores. Don't pay shipping on these $3.99 plugs!
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  7. workerant

    workerant Spaß im Dreck

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    I also use molded earplugs like these, as well as molded earphones with my ipod. I keep one set of earplugs in my riding jacket and one in the nightstand - GapRunr snores.

    Because they're custom made, you can't, like, order them from a catalog. Tim McCarty in Atlanta made mine for me, you might contact a hearing aid shop for someone in your area who makes these.
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  8. potatoho

    potatoho Cheese and Rice!

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    I use some earplugsthatfit.com silicone customs. You buy the two part silicone and make them yourself. Some have had problems, but mine came out perfect. Over time it feels like they may have shrunk a bit, but they still work great for the motorbike.
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  9. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    Have you had any problems with sealing? My problem with custom molds is that...well...my ear channel doesn't stay in one shape. When I talk, the custom molds sort of wiggle out. I tried once...gave up quick.
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  10. BajaRat

    BajaRat Been here awhile

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    I have used the Mack's for years and IMHO they are the best. I get them at CVS.
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  12. monkeyman

    monkeyman Been here awhile

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    The Mack's are nice because they don't go deep into the ear canal, like the custom-molded EAR, Inc ones that I have, or some of the off-the-shelf (Leitner?) ones that I use. I find that on a long trip, after 7-8 days with the ones that go deeper in my ears tend to get a little irritated. The Mack's make for a nice day or two of relief.

    The downside is they don't dampen noise as well, I think like 22 dB attentuation vs. 27-28 for the others I use. Still, when my ears are too irritated for anything else, they beat not wearing anything.
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  13. 8Superman

    8Superman Shut up and RIDE!!

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    http://www.webbikeworld.com/Earplugs/earplugs.htm

    This absolutely convinced me to start wearing ear plugs. I use both Leitner "duo-foam" and Silencio silicone. Both are inexpensive and widely available. The Leitners are the roll up and push in type. Work very well reducing noise level but can come out at inopportune times. I have one ear canal that has a weird kink in it and getting these in can be troublesome. The Silencio brand are flanged silicone marketed for shooting. Much easier to install, reduce noise level well, stay in place better but can irritate the canal over time more than the foam plugs.

    Would Silly Putty work? It's non-toxic, relatively cheap, re-useable and has many fun if not practical uses. :wink:
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  15. scarysharkface

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    I've used the balls of silicone and like them.

    Cabela's has custom molded plugs you do yourself, for cheap. I've got a pair of those on the way and look forward to using something that isn't squishy, doesn't hurt and isn't a cat hair magnet. :D

    http://www.cabelas.com/prod-1/0037460227874a.shtml
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  16. rodentface

    rodentface Maximus - Dorkus Maximus

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    I love my Beeswax earplugs.

    For the last few years I've been using these extensively and they are *extremely* comfortable. They do as good a job blocking out sound as anything I've used to date. They do eventually harden enough that I prefer to grab a new pair a couple of times a year. (I use them 15,000 miles per year in extreme temperatures here in Chicago.)

    Highly recommended.
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  17. vagt6

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    If anyone's having problems with the foam-type ear plugs coming out, maybe you're not inserting them properly???

    The foam must be squished/rolled between your thumb and index finger until it's small enough to easily fit into your ear canal. You really have to roll it down and work it into a very narrow little thread.

    Then, with your free hand, reach over your head and pull the upper tip of your ear up and slightly back (this opens the canal) and insert the plug. The plug should easily fit into the canal. Place it deep into the ear canal. Hold the plug in place with the tip of your finger for about 10 seconds or so until it starts to expand.

    If the plug is properly inserted, it will not come out until you pull it out.:wink:
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  18. Motor-110

    Motor-110 ...respect my Authoritah!

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    As a self-appointed ear plug beta-tester, I have done them all.

    Simple foam plugs of various manufacturers, etc. Good and bad, problem is that you will tend to reuse them during the day and tend to get your dirty fingers on them rolling them into shape to insert in the ear, causing the dirt to transfer. I think I got an ear infection that way.

    Done the custom molded (two different sets) plus a custom audio set. Problem is that they protrude and I also have helmet speakers. The pressure of the helmet speakers on the custom plugs pushed them into the ear slightly and after an hour you are ready to confess where you buried Jimmy Hoffa.

    I went with these...http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/silnatrubear.html

    I can throw everything else out. I found that I had to buy the smallest size (because everyone has different ear canal sizes) and the medium ones, as well as the foam plugs press on the ear canal and make you very uncomfortable. The simple act of buying the small set of these solved everything for me.
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  19. Bimjo

    Bimjo Crashes at zero speed...

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    +1 Best non-custom earplugs I've ever found.
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  20. KeepItSafe

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    Has anyone tried the QuietEar version?
    http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/quietnrr14.html

    They block less noise than the SilentEars so I wonder if they'd be better for hearing voices, horns, sirens, etc., but still good enough to block wind.

    I'm just wondering if NRR 32 is too high.
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