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Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby windmill john » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:29 pm

Well, I think I can say that without hesitation. But to cover myself legally, this in my opinion :grin:

https://www.screwfix.com/p/stanley-sy33 ... gLnlPD_BwE

The instructions say to save a third for a test ear plug.

I took about 5 to 10 % only and made the plugs straight away. Now maybe I used too much, but.... now here’s my feelings. They are the quietest plugs in the World!

Actually, too much. I could have had a big end gone, a nuclear holocaust, I wouldn’t have known. They actually were too quiet. I couldn’t hear me bring my bike to compression. So this evening, I’ve trimmed a little off to test tomorrow.

But... bottom line... to say they are effective, is an understatement. They offer mind blowing quietness.

Do follow the instructions, sit there staring ahead, no chewing or swallowing for the 10 to 15 minutes to set.
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Re: Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby HughMcQ » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:45 pm

I have the ultimate ear ones
https://www.ultimateear.com/product/squ ... orcyclist/
They are rated 30db noise reduction and they make a big difference compared to foam ear plugs. Used to get a bit of tinnitus after long motorway journeys but not any more.

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Postby windmill john » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:05 pm

Yes I’ve often read about the ones you have moulded.

But these Stanley ones are ten pounds. Obviously a personal observation, but you could buy two or three sets and change the way you shape them, depth etc and still be quids in.

I’ll be interested to see how I feel tomorrow now that I’ve removed a bit. If I’d followed the instructions to the letter and only used two thirds, I may not have needed to trim them. But.... blimey are they quiet.

My other pair is pinlock, very good at £20. I’ve had the cheapy sponges as well. The Boots mouldable ones were quite good, but these.....

Have I extolled them enough :smile:
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Postby CharlieVictor » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:49 am

Say what? 8-[
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Postby windmill john » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:38 pm

Well I can hear a little more, but maybe a little more trimming.

I think I can still reitterate my earlier comments.... wow, sorry, I meant wow they are so quiet :grin:
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Postby King Herald » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:42 pm

How do you make, shove some mix in your ear and let it set?

I had some custom made ones years ago, but they were just a touch too loose and did nothing unless I pressed on them with a digit.
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Postby windmill john » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:50 pm

Yes. Mix the two bits together for 40 seconds if I recall. Then push a little way into your ears and shape. Sit still for 10 to 15 minutes. No chewing or swallowing which does change ear shape.

They say to use two thirds of the mixture. That makes sense, I used too much. I’m going to remove a little more before tomorrow. I’ve already removed some and still very quiet.

I did notice something tonight, a little more resonance noise and I put that down to them being a tight fit and transferring vibration noise; hence why I am going to remove a little more.
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Postby King Herald » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:18 am

I might have a go with the DIY kit myself, can’t go wrong at that price. :grin:

My current noise reduction system uses soft silicon wax plugs that you squish into the ear, and they work quite well.

Ps. How do you get them out after they are set? I sometimes have to dig my fingernails into my soft ones to get a grip after they are shoved well in.
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Postby windmill john » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:56 am

Oh you can't get them out, they are there forever :grin:

Just pick at the edge.

I liked the soft squidgy ones from boots, but I felt like I was sucking out my ear drums when removing.

As you say, for ten pounds... but still very impressed.
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Postby Mjolinor » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:58 am

I found the absolute best noise reduction was to buy swmbo a Rhone river cruise with firstborn. The peace and tranquillity was to die for at home during that brief period.

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Postby george baker » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:12 pm

Hi
but more than ten quid?
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Postby Mjolinor » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:10 pm

True, though still cheap at twice the price for such peace.

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Postby andys » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:55 pm

You may experience what I did with this type of earplug in very hot weather when due to sweat, they kept dropping out of my ears.

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Re: Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby windmill john » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:18 pm

Erm... how!? How big is your helmet!

I did say I used most of the product and I think it is touching my pituitary gland. :-"
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Postby HughMcQ » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:09 pm

I found the absolute best noise reduction was to buy swmbo a Rhone river cruise with firstborn. The peace and tranquillity was to die for at home during that brief period.
You could try a dried pea in your ear- a very effective way to soften swmbo conversation - at least so it was written in Captain Corelli's Mandolin...

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Postby King Herald » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:15 pm

Erm... how!? How big is your helmet!

I did say I used most of the product and I think it is touching my pituitary gland. :-"
The silicon wax ones say to roll it into a ball, and not to shove it inside the ear, but I find making a small tapered cone then ramming it in all the way makes it work far better.

I reckon that the more you can ‘fill’ the free air inside the ear canal, the less vibration/noise gets to the ear drum. :wink: A lot of noise does get transmitted through the skull, from turbulence around the helmet.
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Re: Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby windmill john » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:45 am

A lot of noise does get transmitted through the skull, from turbulence around the helmet.
That was a slight issue I experienced with too perfect a fit.
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Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:17 am

King Herald,
Beware of pushing any earplugs in too far. I spent almost three-quarters of an hour at an audiologists clinic the other day having impacted wax removed from my ears following a two-and-a-half week trip to mainland Europe using earplugs every day. I was using the plugs that look like a double mushroom and pushing them in as far as I could. They worked fine I but got to the situation where I couldn’t hear anything in one ear and very little in the other after I took them out! The wax had been pushed right up to the eardrum.
I am having moulds made next week with a view to getting a pair of the Ultimateear filtered plugs made.
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Postby andys » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:44 am

Been using the yellow cylindrical squishy ones for 20 years now.
I buy them in bulk.
200 pairs = £35 last time.
You can stick them into a net bag throw them in the washing machine and get several good riding sessions out of each pair.

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Postby windmill john » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:38 pm

Keith, before you have moulds made, try the Stanley’s, you don’t give to make them so deep.

Andy, I’d be happy with basic ones if the PO of my Transalp had not fitted a noisier pipe! And especially now I have a Bullet. Even with the quietest pipe available, it’s blooming loud!

I have never been one of those people who likes noisy exhaust. Please not let us enter a safety, power, breathability, cool discussion, this is my opinion.
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Re: Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby andys » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:20 pm

Let the debate begin
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I'm with you totally.
I do like a little bit of a fruity sound but I detest loud pipes.
Funnily enough I'm sitting outside in the high street at coffee establishment after a very satisfying autumn ride and a bloke on a Harley was waiting at the lights blipping the throttle letting everyone know he was there thanks to his hideously loud exhaust.
Its just attention seeking.
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Postby windmill john » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:05 pm

I spent six months (unfortunately) working in a Harley dealership. When they used to fit loud pipes, the team would gather round and rev the bike. Drove me crazy, but it was their faces... I’m struggling to think of an analogy, but they were like giggling school children; sorry if that offends anyone.
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:18 pm

I spent six months (unfortunately) working in a Harley dealership. When they used to fit loud pipes, the team would gather round and rev the bike. Drove me crazy, but it was their faces... I’m struggling to think of an analogy, but they were like giggling school children; sorry if that offends anyone.
It says it all really that Harley dealers supply a mod which is an electrically actuated diverter in the exhaust that converts it from silenced (Hah!) to open pipes operated by a sequence of presses on the stock handlebar switches... The owner that I spoke to seemed quite proud of it... bless.

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Re: Thee most effective ear plugs in the universe

Postby andys » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:23 pm

Love this assessment by Steve Rose

Let’s be honest here. No one in the last 13 years (since Euro 3 introduced enormous catalytic convertors that made end cans ineffective) fitted an aftermarket pipe to their road bike because they genuinely need the extra dribble of horsepower it might give. This is all about some kind of need to display a primal, aural erection to our fellow citizens. We made our point, the villagers of Hampshire are suitably afraid and in awe of our butchness and Mad Max fantasies, can we please move on now?

And for those who still proclaim that ‘loud pipes save lives’. That might be true, but the same argument could be made for Hi-Viz clothing. There is not a single motorcyclist out there that ever...ever… bought a loud exhaust purely because it made their bike safer. Maybe we should amend the law so you can only fit a race pipe if you also wear the compulsory day-glo ‘Polite’ vest too.

Or perhaps we could just start to act our age and think about protecting our ability to do this thing that gives us so much pleasure.

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Postby windmill john » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 pm

I’ll go one stage further..... I think people with louder pipes have no consideration for neighbours, passers by etc. What does it say about the person.
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Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
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Sundance, my 500T.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot, but Honda is also great.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!


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