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Old 04-26-2007, 12:20 PM   #1
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Ear plugs, anyone tried these?


Anyone use these:

Mack's White Silicone Reusable Ear Plugs:
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/macwhitadsiz.html



Or these:
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/silnatrubear.html
Says "Fits comfortably under helmets for motorcyclists...".


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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Old 04-26-2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 12:31 PM   #3
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Or these:
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/silnatrubear.html
Says "Fits comfortably under helmets for motorcyclists...".


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These look interesting (besides stimulating an urge to breastfeed). For motorcycle use, though, I figure you might be interested in this related model: QuietEar
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/quietnrr14.html
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:41 PM   #4
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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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.
You wouldn't perchance have a link to a supplier of those would you?
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:51 PM   #6
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #7
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You wouldn't perchance have a link to a supplier of those would you?
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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Old 04-26-2007, 01:00 PM   #8
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 01:07 PM   #9
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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.
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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Old 04-26-2007, 01:51 PM   #10
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 03:20 PM   #11
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:57 PM   #12
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 05:08 PM   #13
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I use these. They come in a container that can be mounted in the garage and don't cost that much. Plus I go through a set a day.


http://www.gemplers.com/safety/perso...ugs/6844M.html


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Old 05-20-2007, 07:17 AM   #14
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All you ever wanted to know...

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.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:25 AM   #15
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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.

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