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Old 06-20-2012, 08:07 AM   #16
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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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Old 07-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #17
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Ear pain

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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Old 07-03-2013, 06:20 AM   #18
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Go Van Gogh style, problem solved.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #19
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Go Van Gogh style, problem solved.
New thread: Ears gone, no helmets fit. Solutions?
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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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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Old 07-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #21
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Rode 4 hours on the fourth wearing a Shoei RF1000 instead of the Arai XD3...no pain, go figure.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #22
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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.
I have the same ear pain issues with a new helmet. I found wearing a head wrap that covers my ears solved the problem.
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