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E-A-R Classic.
Aearo company
8001 Woodland Drive
Indianapolis, In 46278
www.e-a-r.com
These are barrel shaped plugs. They're a dense foam,short in length, and hold their shape well and usually stay in the ear when pulling off a helmet.As a retired heavy equipment operator I wore these for 36 years and liked them. You can put them in a sock with the laundry and they'll be good for years.
I recently tried the hardware store/Home Depot barrel shaped plugs that are of a softer foam and they really didn't work all that great. I went to our union training site and grabbed a lot of the e-a-r's. Hopefully you won't have to buy a box of 200 pairs to try them out.
 

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Costco. Custom made silicone. About $50 a pair. Mine are almost too quiet so I only wear them when I'm on the highway for longer periods.
Some Music stores. Some can vary the db coming in and can also include earbuds if you want tunes or communication. Expensive.
 

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I'm all ears here. Lol! I have the same issue.

I've tried foam..... Didn't like it.

I've tried rubber..... Didn't like it.

I've tried Surefire EP4..... Liked them but feel I could do better.

I'm going to try Surefire EP7s next.... Report to follow.

SureFire EP7 Sonic Defenders Ultra filtered Earplugs w/ Comply Canal Tips, reusable, Clear, Medium Amazon.com : SureFire EP7 Sonic Defenders Ultra filtered Earplugs w/ Comply Canal Tips, reusable : Sports & Outdoors
looking at those too...how do you know if you are small, medium or large? Let me rephrase that, how do you know if your EARS are small, medium or large?!
 

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Well that is easy.... Look in the mirror, if the ears protrude out a fair bit tham it is a fair bet your ears are large, if like mine relatively close to the side of my head then i would say small......

Seriously though I have tried two lots of rubberry ones and one lot of generic plastic ones that say they will work but all make my ears itch like mad and I too have this constant ringing in the ears, but do not know if it is tinitus or not as i have never mentioned it to my GP.....
 

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If anyone is really serious about this, I recommend custom-molded earplugs.

I have pretty bad hearing loss, as a result of just being old (I'll be 70 this year), hanging out too close to massive speakers at concerts in my youth, and firing lines in Army basic training. I started wearing hearing aids about 20 years ago, and custom-molded plugs -- for anything but local rides to the hardware store, etc. -- maybe 15 years ago.

The first few custom ones I had made at bike events -- the Americade rally, the annual shows (in NYC, in my case), that sort of thing. You can also find these vendors at gun shows. You sit for 15 or 20 minutes with some glop pumped in your ears, it solidifies, and then they pull it out and smooth the edges.

This stuff costs something like $50/pair, and lasts for a few years before it starts cracking.

After doing this a few times over the years, the last such pair I had made was at my hearing aid office. Same glop in your ears, but those folks then sent it out somewhere, and the mold was transferred to some other device, and I wound up with silicone ear plugs. These were the most expensive by a long shot -- as I recall, $80 per ear -- but they are a joy to use. Much smoother, less likely to crack over time, and easier to deal with. So I actually recommend that route, will do it the next time (if these ever wear out), and so forth.

All of these cut down on the wind drone nicely, but you can still hear honks, sirens, yadda yadda. You wind up much more mentally and physically refreshed after a day's ride. For those who listen to tunes, you can also get custom-molded versions built up around ear-bud speakers; they even do this at the shows and rallies.

BTW, the trick in putting them in and taking them out is about a quarter-turn twist during the insertion and removal.

My comments notwithstanding, webBikeWorld has several articles on custom and non-custom plugs. Take a look at Ear Plug Reviews , scroll down a bit to "Read Recent Earplug and Earbud Reviews," and there are links to their older articles.

FWIW, here's a pic showing a couple of the on-site plugs I sat for (top row), the ones that my hearing-aid office had made (bottom left), and my hearing aids (at the time -- I've since gotten a newer model):

 

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looking at those too...how do you know if you are small, medium or large? Let me rephrase that, how do you know if your EARS are small, medium or large?!
Their site said M works for most people. My first set were M and fit well so I got this new pair in M too. They should be here today.

The inner plug size are all the same. The only thing that changes in size is the outer rubber piece that keeps the plug in your ear.
 

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i'm gonna get me some earplugs from the specialist, that are formed specialy for my ears and contain special filters for biking.
its not cheap, but to me its important to have good protection and still hear the important noises.
 

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I use Macks maximum protection and like them quite a bit. E.A.R. makes good plugs as well but I found the Mack's cut the sound slightly better. I've been using earplugs with a FF helmet since the day I started riding. They are a bit of a pain (particularly when you are riding with others who want to stop and talk) but I know my hearing would be really jacked up right now without them.

I do have a slight case of tinnitus but it runs in my family so I don't think it was due to riding. For the record,from the start of March to Mid-November I ride almost daily (every day it doesn't rain) at highway speeds for 40 minutes and have been doing so for the last 5 years straight. I also ride between here (VA), NY and Indiana as well as other long highway trips and plugs have been a life saver on those trips. Not just from the hearing protection aspect, but from the fatigue end as well. All that noise just wears me out.

I'm glad to see others are trying to take care of their hearing too. I played in a few bands growing up and didn't take as good of care as I should have with my hearing. Funny thing was I took better care than a lot of others who now struggle with really bad tinnitus.
 

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How do you hear your wife on the intercom with ear plugs in ?
 
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Had custom ear plugs made by an audiologist. Little more expensive but the fit is personal. Easy to put in and take out. Should last years with care. You can always replace a part on your bike. You can't replace your hearing.
 

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Got my Surefire EP7s today. I'll try them tomorrow on my ride in. Initial fit is good and they definitely reduce sounds more than my EP4s.

The EP7s came with a nice case with spare memory foam plug ends. They also had a leash but I won't be using that.
 

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Order online Paul. I've always resisted but lately there's just too much of a spread for my wallet to handle. This time of year you've got time to wait.

I can't say for sure but these Pinlock earplugs resemble the ones that were once used in the military. Good but nothing like the custom silicone ones from an audiologist.
 
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