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Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs - second time around

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:22 pm



A few years back, I wrote up a review on my Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=25121

I have hearing damage already, so I need to protect what diminishing hearing I have left.

As I mentioned at the time, I had been using 3M yellow foam disposable ear plugs for many years. They work well - but have quite a few disadvantages. They create their seal by exerting pressure against your ear canal. They are single use (although you can sometimes get 2-3 uses out of them if you are careful). They get dirty. And after some time, they get uncomfortable. Sometimes they can also work their way out.

The Fit-Ear plugs are different. They are molded from silicone to the exact shape and size of your ear canal. Instead of using constant expanding pressure to seal against your ear canal like foam earplugs, they seal your ear canal perfectly because they are shaped exactly like your ear canal. And because they are shaped like your canal, not only are the comfortable, they can't work their way out.

Quite simply, I have never had an earplug that was as comfortable to wear, and as effective as my Fit Ear plugs.

However, six years of hard use had gone by, and my Fit Ear plugs were starting to show their age. The end was getting a little floppy from years of insertion and extraction, and they weren't sealing perfectly like they always had. When the Cleveland Motorcycle Show came around, it was time for a new set.

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Like the poster in the booth says, they are great for use on the motorcycle, and exceptional for shooting. However...sleeping? Not so much. As long as you lay on your back, they're fantastic. But roll over onto your side, and I find the pressure of the earplug being pushed into your ear is very uncomfortable. Not mentioned on here: racing. Most racing drivers I know use these as well, the wired type.

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Many options are available, including units with wired headsets or now even Bluetooth capability.

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Several bluetooth options were available, allowing hookup to your phone to play music or hear GPS instructions.

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Wired options are also available, to plug into your bike's intercom system.

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The units with speakers inside them were molded using clear silicone, to show how the wires connect to the speakers, and how the speakers send sound out into your ear.

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Many different colors of silicone are available - I used neutral again. There were a line of people waiting to get theirs made, and the motorcyclist in front of me got bright blue. To each his own!

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The Bluetooth units are a bit more expensive, but they have the capability of taking a mold of your ear, and using that mold later to build you a Bluetooth headset.

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To start the process, your ear canals are inspected to ensure they are clean and that you have no medical issues that would prevent the process from being performed successfully. A small wad of soft cotton attached to a thread is inserted into your ear canal to prevent the silicone from going too far into your ear.

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Next, the silicone is injected into each ear canal. It overflows out and is smoothed manually.

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A dot is impressed into the earplug on your right ear. This indicates later which one is for which ear. You can see the small thread holding the cotton in place.

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You then sit and wait for five minutes for the silicone to cure. Afterwards, it and the cotton is pulled quickly and painlessly from your ear. The whole process is simple and with no discomfort.

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The earplugs are left to fully cure, and then expertly trimmed into their finished form. You return to the booth after one hour, and are handed your new earplugs in a special protective case.

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Here are my new set of earplugs!

The price for these earplugs is $60. Considering my last pair lasted me six years, that's only $10/year. The new pair fit perfectly, and I'm ready for many more years of quiet riding while saving my dwindling hearing!

More information, and a calendar of when they will be at a show near you is available on their web site: https://www.fit-ear.com/



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Re: Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs - second time around

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:08 am

Interesting, but for me, I am a bit concerned as I have tubes in both eardrums.

I have tried many types of 'ear plugs' in the past, and none them were comfortable, or stayed put.

That is why I kept looking for a good helmet, and found the Shoei Neotech which is very quiet for me.... and I had EdSets comm system installed with the cord that plugs into the bike's audio system.

for me, it has worked out well.
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Re: Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs - second time around

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:18 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:08 am
Interesting, but for me, I am a bit concerned as I have tubes in both eardrums.

I have tried many types of 'ear plugs' in the past, and none them were comfortable, or stayed put.

That is why I kept looking for a good helmet, and found the Shoei Neotech which is very quiet for me.... and I had EdSets comm system installed with the cord that plugs into the bike's audio system.

for me, it has worked out well.
These go nowhere near your eardrums, you should not be affected at all.

These are so comfortable, after a few seconds, I can't even tell that they are in. In fact, I will often accidentally leave them in when I go into a gas station or something, and it's not until I realize I can't hear the cashier do I remember that they are still in.

They also will NOT come out on their own. You have to rotate them to put them in or take them out, in order to get them to follow your eardrum path. That may sound painful, but it's not - it takes me a second or so to put them in or take them out. Once they are in, they are NOT coming out until you take them out.

Like I said, best earplugs I have EVER worn. Which is why I went back for another pair! My wife wears them too.

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Re: Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs - second time around

Post by hwydoc2 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:33 am

Those are nice ear plugs. These are what I use: https://mightyplugs.com/ they block 30 db of sound and are the hands down most comfortable ear plug I have ever used. I use them when I mow lawn, use the chain saw, skill saw ect. I put them in then put a set of muff protectors over them to do the loud work with. On the bike they let you hear the important things, traffic, cars overtaking you, your music but block the beating your ears take from the road and wind noise. Don't leave home without them. :D :D

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Re: Fit-Ear custom molded ear plugs - second time around

Post by lewiric » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:05 pm

These earplugs are great. I got a set of them made at Black Hills HD during the rally last year. The first time I rode with them had me questioning why I didn't do it sooner. Great for long rides and to me the $60 was well worth it.



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