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Increase in Ambulances on the Road - Ear Plugs While Riding

Old 04-16-22, 02:57 PM
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Increase in Ambulances on the Road - Ear Plugs While Riding

One thing I've noticed over the last 18 months or so after 14 years of riding 365, is the large increase in the number of ambulances on the road. The sirens are (literally) a pain in the ears, sometimes so much that you have to stop and muffle them while the ambulance goes past. An inconvenience while riding on a busy road let me tell you! Some of the ambulance drivers notice the bicycle rider and back off on the screamer until they've passed, to which I usually give a thumbs up so they see it.

I'll occasionally wear ear plugs too while riding and I always ride with a sideview mirror.

There has been a marked increase in the number of heart and stroke events during this recent timeframe of a year and half with no signs of slowing down. Others have noticed this proliferation of ambulances too, from all over the place.


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Old 04-16-22, 03:22 PM
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I haven't noticed any increase in sirens, but I wouldn't wear earplugs while riding, regardless.
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What you need are ear plugs which only reduce or cancel high intensity sound but allow you to hear relatively normally otherwise. https://www.amazon.com/Eargasm-Music...jaz10cnVl&th=1

Besides, the name of the product is a panic
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler View Post
One thing I've noticed over the last 18 months or so after 14 years of riding 365, is the large increase in the number of ambulances on the road. The sirens are (literally) a pain in the ears, sometimes so much that you have to stop and muffle them while the ambulance goes past. An inconvenience while riding on a busy road let me tell you! Some of the ambulance drivers notice the bicycle rider and back off on the screamer until they've passed, to which I usually give a thumbs up so they see it.

I'll occasionally wear ear plugs too while riding and I always ride with a sideview mirror.

There has been a marked increase in the number of heart and stroke events during this recent timeframe of a year and half with no signs of slowing down. Others have noticed this proliferation of ambulances too, from all over the place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2HwvQ3hMgU&t=160s
That's just terrible -- such an "inconvenience" for you. Awful.

I'm sure that the patients being transported to the Emerg wouldn't mind at all if they were delayed a few minutes receiving emergency treatment so that you are not 'inconvenienced'. After all, their potential quality of life, or even survival, is nowhere near as important as your tender little ears.
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Old 04-16-22, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
What you need are ear plugs which only reduce or cancel high intensity sound but allow you to hear relatively normally otherwise. https://www.amazon.com/Eargasm-Music...jaz10cnVl&th=1

Besides, the name of the product is a panic
Those particular plugs do not reduce only high intensity sound. They drop everything about the same decibel level so that you still hear the balance between the highs, the mids, and the lows. I use something similar (Earasers, which work better despite Eargasm being such a better name) when rehearsing bands so I can still determine the balance and blend while reducing the total decibels to a less dangerous level.

What I think you were trying to suggest are "active noise cancelling" ear plugs, which are much more expensive and (the last time I looked into them) have to be custom made and molded for the intended user. Those actually listen to the sound coming in and only reduce the output if the incoming sound goes over a preset level. I never ended up trying that type because of the cost, but they sound like a good idea for when you want to otherwise hear softer sounds without hindrance.
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Should ambulance sirens really be this loud? Really? Everyone suffers because some fat ******* had a heart attack?
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Where I live, the main road going into Bethany Beach, Atlantic Ave/rte 26, is usually the only road I ride on where this happens frequently. It is a 2 lane road with a middle lane for turning and no shoulder to pull over to. If there is any traffic, I stop and get off the road to avoid all the traffic slowing and changing their driveline. It also allows me to stick a finger in my ears. I have sensitive ears due to years of working in night clubs and loud music, and also a lot of firearms shooting when I was younger. I would not wear earplugs of any kind while riding, and it is inconvenient and unsafe to try to use them just in the emergency siren situation.
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Should ambulance sirens really be this loud? Really? Everyone suffers because some fat ******* had a heart attack?
just be glad its not you they are transporting
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They have to be loud to account for the noise insulation most cars and trucks are equipped with these days. If its annoying you and you notice the emergency vehicle making all that noise, that's an indication the siren is doing its job. Same thing with fire alarms in buildings - if it wasn't loud and annoying, no one would pay attention to it and they wouldn't heed the warning to evacuate the building.
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Winnipeg must be the global epicenter for increased ambulance use.
I live .5mi from a fire station and along one of their 4 main routes and can't say I have noticed an uptick in sirens in the 10 years I have lived in this house.


Just listen to music thru ear buds. Itll dull the pesky noise associated with saving people's lives.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post


Just listen to music thru ear buds.
^^^^^^^^
Terrible advice for somebody who commutes through busy city traffic....Why would you dull and compromise your sense of hearing and awareness by wearing ear buds ???
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I don't blame the ambulances at all. How many times have I seen cars still trying to race through the intersections as the ambulances have to slow down and honk?
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^^^^^^^^
Terrible advice for somebody who commutes through busy city traffic....Why would you dull and compromise your sense of hearing and awareness by wearing ear buds ???
1- partly joking, it's why I called ambulances 'pesky'.
2- figured I would help move the conversation along since the initial issue is so funny to me.
3- I can hear music and ambient sounds at the same time.
​​4- I can hear what's happening with ear buds and music on my bike better than I can when in the car with no music. Hearing isn't required for staying safe on roads when in a vehicle or not.

This has been hashed out with you ad naus. You just ignore realities and ramble about your confirmed biases.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
1- partly joking, it's why I called ambulances 'pesky'.
2- figured I would help move the conversation along since the initial issue is so funny to me.
3- I can hear music and ambient sounds at the same time.
​​4- I can hear what's happening with ear buds and music on my bike better than I can when in the car with no music. Hearing isn't required for staying safe on roads when in a vehicle or not.

This has been hashed out with you ad naus. You just ignore realities and ramble about your confirmed biases.

Wonder what deaf people should do? Don't go outside at all? Not being able to hear is insensitive! /s
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Should ambulance sirens really be this loud? Really? Everyone suffers because some fat ******* had a heart attack?
Bush league trolling.
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
just be glad its not you they are transporting
That will be the only person who is glad.
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Bush league trolling.
At least your post was silent. It didn't really bother anyone. Unlike a ******* loud *** siren which bothers everyone for a rambling square mile.
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That will be the only person who is glad.

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Bush league trolling.
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What’s good for the goose…

And the iggy list grows again, my sock friend.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
At least your post was silent. It didn't really bother anyone. Unlike a ******* loud *** siren which bothers everyone for a rambling square mile.
And yet you felt compelled to respond—twice.
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And the iggy list grows again.
I'll do the same. Thank you for mentioning it.
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At least your post was silent. It didn't really bother anyone. Unlike a ******* loud *** siren which bothers everyone for a rambling square mile.

This one is aspiring to bush league trolling.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
This one is aspiring to bush league trolling.
Is there an echo in here?

Why is it "trolling" to express a strong opinion about sirens in a thread about sirens??

Everyone is so uber sensitive about opinion these days.
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