Old 11-04-04, 03:16 PM
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I started wearing earplugs last month, mainly for wind noise. I have tinnitus and wanted to protect my hearing as much as I could. The wind was one of the last noisy area to eliminate, so I gave it a shot and I really like wearing them on my bicycle. I hear what I need to, can communicate with others and if someone honks or I pass a train (which I often do) I will not go deaf or be startled. If I hop on for a quick ride now I wonder why it is so loud.

I use E-A-Rsoft style earplugs. I find that they hold up the best to multiple uses. They can be purchased in bulk fairly inexpensively, 200 pairs for $35-45. Walgreens sells a similar style earplug called the Super Hearo's that come in a 10(?) pack. They work very well and last a long time.

I also ride a motorcycle and use them with a full face helmet.

The benefit of protecting my hearing vs losing my hearing is worth the inconvenience. I would not do it if I did not feel comfortable on the road.
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