Helemts and painful ears?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MrPulldown, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    For the last couple of months my ear has been giving me some pain. Not the inner ear, but the outter portion. I don't typically notice it but when I lay on my side in bed on my pillow.

    I guess I do not play with my ear enough, but yesterday I noticed that it is slighty swollen. A section of ear between the outter edge and the bowl leading out of the canal. If you fold your ear forward the crease it would make. It seems that there is some fluid in there. When I lay on it I fold this portion of my ear back adginst my head and it hurts.

    Could this be cuased by helmet. I seem to notice that sometimes when I put my helmet on my ear is folded down. Could hours of trail riding cuase this folded portion of ear to get bruised and swollen. Is this common: "biker's ear".

    Thought I would throw this up to try to get some feedback from the folks that ride.
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  2. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    I think it could be caused by the helmet. I have a pain in my ear when wearing one helmet, but not any others. It usually shows up after about half an hour and goes away after two or three hours, doesn't happen the rest of the day.
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  3. Wuwei

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    I think more likely you were bitten by a spider or a tick there and it has gotten infected a bit.
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  4. nwdub

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    I used to get that from wearing a headset at work all day.

    Do you wear a balaclava? or anything under your helmet?

    If you can't even wear like an underarmor beanie or something, you may need to upsize the helmet, or find one that's a better "fit" for your head.

    I'd suggest a thin slick layer between your head and the helmet
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  5. Offcamber

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    I had a similar issue until I figured out what was causing it....my ear was getting folded over a bit when I put the helmet on and I didn't realize it....Now I make sure they are laying flat after I put my helmet on. No more issues

    This may not be your problem but it worked for me...:ear
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  6. Dismount

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    Earplugs and ear buds cause my ears to become acutely painful within about an hour.
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  7. txwanderer

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    Folded ears=hat don't fit.

    You may want to look into a different shape helmet. Different cheek pads may be all you need, but something isn't right. Get fitted by someone who knows what they are doing and stick with that helmet shape. Just because you like the helmet doesn't mean it is right for you.

    Good luck.
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  8. Calimari

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    Get a little beanie/skullcap that covers the tips of your ears, and they won't fold over when you pull your helmet on, and the cap is easier to wash than the helmet liner.

    A cap is also good for preventing helmet hair if you're headed to the office.
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  9. beckgr

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    Interesting thread, I will sometimes get an excrutiating pain after maybe 3 hours in the saddle. For the balance of the day, no relief. Ear plugs make it worse. It seams like it comes from some harmonic that is caused with wind. I ride a 1200GS now with Givi windscreen. My open faces hurt so bad I don't even use them. Full face Shoei X-11 is better but still will have that ear pain. Becasue they were quieter I actually tried the Schuberth, the ear pain is non-existant with that helmet. Anyone else had that experience? Anyone have any idea what the deal is?
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  10. firebrick

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    I had to cut out ear holes on my n42. I can't have anything pressing on my ears or I am in a lot of pain.
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  11. rbrsddn

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    I've done the same in all of my Arai's. Just pull out the cheekpads and cut the foam in the area that is bothering you. At worst, you have to buy a new cheekpad if you screw up.
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  12. Too_Tall

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    Go big, or go home.

    Had my ears pinned back because of riding a motorcycle. I didn't have a certain fold in my outer ears. So when I wore a helmet, it would fold my ears back creating that missing fold. After a few hours that exposed fold would get very sore.

    Went to the hospital, 2 weeks later I was out on the bike with no more problems! :ear
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  13. everycredit

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    Make sure when you put your helmet on that your ears lay flat. Pinching your ears can cause trauma and would cause swelling.

    The suggestions of a balaclava from other members is highly warranted. My helmet would hurt one or both of my ears (I have "detached" ear lobes, which has my ears sticking out more than the average person (the bottom part of the ear lobe is not attached to the face)). After getting a silk balaclava, the helmet glides on my head and my ears feel fine.

    The balaclava doesn't have to be silk. Nylon or even cotton would probably work well (although cotton would wear down quickly, I would think).

    Ice and Advil helps for swelling in your ear.
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  14. Dan-M

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    Get a helmet that doesn't put pressure on the edge of your ears. I have one that does and can't wear it for more than 2 hours without discomfort. My other one gives me no issues when wearing it all day.
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  15. 390beretta

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    I suggest you stop wearing "helemts" and get a regular motorcycle helmet with padding inside. :rofl Just Kidding! God knows I make enough typos too.
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  16. daveinva

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    It wasn't until I bought my Shoei Qwest that I discovered something I never knew in nearly 40 years of life here on Earth: my ears are NOT the same height on my skull, my left ear being just a little bit higher than my right ear.

    The Shoei's foam ear pockets fit my right ear just fine, but the top tip of my left ear sits just outside of the pocket. It's not terribly uncomfortable, but it's annoying over time, and peeves me off (nothing else wrong with the helmet, great helmet, JUST that, grrrr),
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  17. OhBoy

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    Ear pain... me too. Appt with ENT tomorrow.
    History, surfers ear, aka bone growth in ear canal from surfing in cold NH waters in the summer and winter. Could be the cause but haven't surfed in years. Tinitis and hearing loss in the painful ear.
    The ear pain started this spring.

    Pain is unbearable on long ride with earplugs
    Almost as bad without earplugs
    Long rides at low speeds with no plugs...no pain
    Sleeping with earplugs no pain
    I suspect loud wind noise causes the pain. Unfortunately wearing plugs only makes it worse.
    Basically I'm F'ed, unless the ENT has some solution.
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  18. Handy

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    Go Van Gogh style, problem solved.
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  19. ErockPDX

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    New thread: Ears gone, no helmets fit. Solutions?
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  20. judobiker

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    I've had plenty of swollen ear experiences over the years from judo and grappling. It can be very uncomfortable. Find out the cause and avoid it. The cartilage scars pretty easy then your ears end up funky looking. I have trouble finding ear buds that will go in my ears from the old cauliflower I have in there. Good luck.
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