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Would love to listen to music, but I am concerned about hearing loss.....

how do ya'll feel about that?
 

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Well, loud music and noise in general can temporarily damage your ears. The more you do that (when your ears feel "full", I don't remember the actual term) it builds up and eventually leads to permanent hearing loss.

You know how when you're in your car you keep turning up the music to compensate, especially if you get on the freeway or drive with windows down? Your ears get used to the sound and you turn it up more to hear it better. A lot of people do this with earbuds.

Now, when you ride with earbuds in and have music playing, the tendency is to turn it up. You'll really have to resist that urge and instead turn it down.

Besides the aspect of overexposure to loud music, most earbuds aren't designed to block out the noise that earplugs would, so you should find some that do or you'll not be doing yourself a favor later on from the damage wind noise gives you.
 

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I can find earbuds in wal-mart that will reduce ambient sound by 36db, some by 42fb, and the earplugs in the hunting department are 28-36db. If your helmet isn't crazy noisey, the earbuds should work good. I use JVC marshmallows, and I can listen to the music at the same volume that I use when walking around with the iPod.
 

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I personaly wear earplugs and would not listen to music while on the motorcycle, but there are some ear-buds that are specifically designed to block sound just like ear plugs....those would be your best bet.

I much prefer ear-plugs and just enjoy the ride.
 

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Well, loud music and noise in general can temporarily damage your ears. The more you do that (when your ears feel "full", I don't remember the actual term) it builds up and eventually leads to permanent hearing loss.

You know how when you're in your car you keep turning up the music to compensate, especially if you get on the freeway or drive with windows down? Your ears get used to the sound and you turn it up more to hear it better. A lot of people do this with earbuds.

Now, when you ride with earbuds in and have music playing, the tendency is to turn it up. You'll really have to resist that urge and instead turn it down.

Besides the aspect of overexposure to loud music, most earbuds aren't designed to block out the noise that earplugs would, so you should find some that do or you'll not be doing yourself a favor later on from the damage wind noise gives you.
This is what I am worried about. Too much noise in my life, two kids, a loud little girl, mow lawns in the summer, shoot guns, and wear earplugs for all. Well, the only time I wear them around the kids is when changing diapers for my daughter........thankfully we are over that stage, but she still has a set of lungs.

I have been trying to find ear buds that block sound but have not had any luck. maybe I am just not looking at them correctly. Only sound dampening ones I have found are $100 plus.
 

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I use some foam earplugs most of the time and they work pretty well. If I feel like listening to music I got some Sony earbuds that block outside sound pretty well. I don't turn up the music very loud so at low speed it's just in the background and at higher speeds I can barely hear it. The earbuds do pretty well as earplugs too. If nothing else, wear ear plugs and save your ears.
 

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I can find earbuds in wal-mart that will reduce ambient sound by 36db, some by 42fb, and the earplugs in the hunting department are 28-36db. If your helmet isn't crazy noisey, the earbuds should work good. I use JVC marshmallows, and I can listen to the music at the same volume that I use when walking around with the iPod.
Bingo, this is what I need. For mowing, motorcycling etc. I need to block the sound and turn down the volume. I just want some background noise to listen to.

My blackberry holds 8Gigs..
 

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i rode the other day for the first time with earbuds/Ipod. it was awsome, no idea what i was
missing. i did have issues with the earbuds falling out when i tried to put my helmet on rotating around after i get it fastened. i think i can fix that with tape, otherwise it was great.I have heard good things about the JVC marshmellows in the past, may have been from mudsurfer, but i hear they work well.
 

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Short of being able to find a good noise canceling earbud setup, I can concentrate more on track with a set of earplugs that let in a little of the ambient noise but protect your ears from high intensity sounds.
 

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I use these:
Etymotic Research ER6i Isolator In-Ear Earphones

Kind of the best of both ear buds and plugs. They take some getting used to though.
 

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Just wear earplugs, they are easier to deal with.
 
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