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Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby seabeechief » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:50 am



We recently returned from a 22 day, 4978 mile trip from Texas to Deadwood, SD. We got home Monday, June 24th without incident. The EdSet speakers in my Scorpion half helmet are located BELOW my ears to the point I have to turn the volume up almost to max to hear the radio. No, I cannot raise the speakers in the helmet. Yes, I do have hearing problems that are sure to be addressed by the VA any year now. These things take time.

Friday, June 28th I got up to get dressed for a Patriot Guard mission and literally fell back into bed. I used to spend a lot of money to get that dizzy. I went to the doctor Monday, July 1st and was diagnosed with "vertigo". Duh! I was prescribed "Antivert" 50mg four times daily until (1) it goes away or (2) three weeks and go back to see the doctor. The doctor would not commit one way or the other whether the radio turned up to max in my helmet was in any way the problem. No other possible for the vertigo (first time ever).

So, the question to you all is: have any of you had anything like this happen to you? Any opinions on the speaker being the problem? Obviously I can't ride the bike until I get a handle on this thing.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:48 pm

I have a hard time believing the speakers had anything to do with your problem. Now if you spent your entire trip looking for beer cans in the ditches as you were traveling, that I can believe would contribute to your condition. I am NOT a doctor, but could there be something else causing your problem, sinuses, inner ear , change in meds? Any of a lot of things can cause that. Just do not drive ANYTHING until someone figures it out. Good luck.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby seabeechief » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:35 pm

Thanks, bustedwing. I have received some interesting and informative feedback on the forums. Whatever brought this stuff on needs to go away just as quickly. I'm already tired of it. Thanks again for the feedback.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby redial » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:53 pm

My wife had a bad case of vertigo, (and she wasnt looking for beer cans, either), and it turned out to be a bacterial growth in her sinus. Had an operation, and voila! all gone. See a specialist as it can be a tricky operation, as they operate close to the brain.

Her remedy was to take Quells, a seasick pill, which she found better than the prescribed meds. Dont be frightened to ask your doctor for assistance in this matter. I dont think it was caused by the speakers in your helmet, and is probably a bit more tricky than that. Get well soon.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby redial » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:55 pm

Quells are available here as an Over The Counter or shelf item at the pharmacy. Different folks have different rules, so inquire if you dont see a cure for seasickness on the shelf.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby seabeechief » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:40 pm

Well, it's better! Not great, but better. I can now determine exactly what I cannot do, and I don't do that. It seems to improve with each day. I got on the scooter and went to the store today. No problems on that 5 mile round trip. Maybe by this weekend I can air her out again. Thanks to all for the counseling. I'm still unclear on what brought it on, but it most surely sucks.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby SteveB123 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:56 am

If the speaker pockets don't line up with your ears, I wonder if the helmet is slightly too small (height) for you, or just the wrong shape for your cabasa.

Anyways, is this a EXO-100? How do you like it, with the Ed Sets?
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby bustedwing » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:42 am

I am glad to hear you are feeling better. I can well imagine what that would do to your life. It could have been a hundred different things that set it off, as long as it don't happen again you are golden. Take care.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby seabeechief » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:35 am

SteveB123 wrote:If the speaker pockets don't line up with your ears, I wonder if the helmet is slightly too small (height) for you, or just the wrong shape for your cabasa.

Anyways, is this a EXO-100? How do you like it, with the Ed Sets?


It is an EXO-100, size medium. If anything, it leans more toward too large than too small. The neck curtain that zips onto the helmet just hangs down too low for my earpieces. I still have not found anyone who can tell me the shape of my head. I like the Ed Sets. I think I would like them more if they were installed in a properly sized/shaped/designed helmet. Hope springs eternal.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby redial » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:16 pm

Find a motorcycle shop in your area that has lots of helmets. Try every brand that they have, and note the ones that feel uncomfortable, even for a heartbeat. Any that feel comfortable, wear them for at least ten minutes, dont give a hoot as to what the sales person is saying, and then note down the brand and size.

I have found that helmets made by different manufacturers vary in size, so a medium in one brand, is an XL in another. By wearing the helmet for a few minutes, you will get used to the peculiarities of that helmet and find where the rub spots are located. Once you have found the most comfortable, then try the headset in it, and wear it for another ten minutes or so. Before you mount the headset, it might be wise to ask the salesperson permission first. See how comfortable that one is. Expect to spend some hours doing this, as you then need to go to another dealer, even a Harlot dealer, and see what they have got to offer apart from skull caps.

It will be fun when you get the right one. There are some helmets that fit round heads, pointy heads, square heads, and long heads, better than others, and depending on the shape of the master former will indicate the best. Of course, you could always measure your head around, from top to bottom of the chin, and write to the manufacturers and ask them for the correct size. Dont just measure around your head, as the height of the head also comes into play. It will take some time, but once you get the technique down, you will be the "go to" person for helmets.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:35 pm

redial wrote:There are some helmets that fit round heads, pointy heads, square heads, and long heads, better than others, and depending on the shape of the master former will indicate the best. Of course, you could always measure your head around, from top to bottom of the chin, and write to the manufacturers and ask them for the correct size. Dont just measure around your head, as the height of the head also comes into play. It will take some time, but once you get the technique down, you will be the "go to" person for helmets.


I have a weird shaped head, and always assumed wearing a helmet involved pain - my entire life. That is, until I bought an Arai. Arai is the only manufacturer that makes different shaped helmets for different shaped heads. I have worn my Arai for 19 hours straight, on more than one occasion, and only took it off at that point because I had arrived at my destination and needed to collapse into bed. I will never buy any other manufacturer's helmet.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:06 am

Vertigo is most often caused by a dysfunction of one sort or another in the inner ear which helps control balance. There can be other medical causes, a few potentially serious, but this is by far the most common. I'd highly recommend you seeing a doctor about this because in many cases, it requires some sort of treatment depending on the cause to correct it. It's possible that this could be transient and go away never to return, but there's no promises especially if you never suffered from this before. Riding a motorcycle suffering from vertigo is a very hazardous thing to do without corrective treatment and I'd hate to see anything happen. If it doesn't go away completely and/or reoccurs, it could be a real PITA in your life so I feel pretty strongly that you should be seen.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby bustedwing » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:54 pm

I agree, the older you get the harder it is to heal up from illnesses. Even if you think it's gone, you should still get checked.
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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby seabeechief » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:53 pm

bustedwing wrote:I agree, the older you get the harder it is to heal up from illnesses. Even if you think it's gone, you should still get checked.

Thanks, guys. I really do appreciate the concern. I'm taking Antivert, which may or may not have anything to do with getting a little better. I'm really inclined to think it is a placebo. The doc told me last week that she didn't know what caused the vertigo and it was probably "self limiting". I have a follow up appointment in a couple weeks.

And to Admin, the vertigo ain't bad enough yet for me to pay $700 for an Aria helmet. Give me another few weeks. LOL.

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Re: Vertigo & Helmet Speakers

Postby wjnfirearms » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:32 am

Antivert is a common drug prescribed for vertigo. Hopefully they'll find the cause and it can be corrected. Good luck.


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