Dentist Hearing Protection and How PROTECTED  Is Your Dentist?

Dentist Hearing Protection

I have spent more than $20,000.00 at the dentist office and have been berated because I don’t floss enough, brush in the right motion and brush too hard. I have bee counseled on the effects of harsh toothpaste and the negative effects of drinking too much tea or coffee and the negative consequence of long-term improper dental care.

It is something that I really pride myself on and I am unashamed to take 5 minutes before dinner or in the middle of the day and brush my teeth. It’s just something that I’ve built into my lifestyle and I have developed positive habits around my oral care. And it is now something that I do not consciously think about.

I can parallel the argument of dentists pleading with their patients to take care of their oral as my life’s work relies on my ability to convince others to protect their hearing and although the risk of losing your hearing is less of a risk factor than losing your oral health and the myriad of fatal diseases that come with poor dental hygiene, the quality of an individuals life decreases substantially the more hearing damage they have.

Recently a  dentist called me out of the blue and wanted Dentist Hearing Protection, and after discussing why he was interested in earplugs he explained that he was experiencing hearing loss and started getting ringing in his ears. This shocked me as I’m in the hearing protection business and have personally talked with more than a million and a half people at more than 5oo events and we service some of the largest companies in the world and protect the hearing of their workforce.

It never dawned on me that my local dentist is in an equal amount of danger as employees in industrial facilities. I started my research and discovered that they are in one of the most hazardous businesses of all. On average in the dental profession, 37% suffer from Tinnitus and over 50% (I need the source for these numbers)  suffer from noise-induced hearing loss rates. After collecting the data and uncovering this new information I did what I felt was the right thing and called OSHA. 

With all the public domain research in the world, I was taken back with what they said, “Why would a dentist need Dentist Hearing Protection?” I was floored as it is as simple as one Google search to find, page after page of studies pertaining to dentists and hearing loss. (Once again I need your sources) We are in a different time now, we have so much imperial data and it seems as if every major issue is simply another one for the pile to get to at a later date.

I’m grateful for dentists, and they have now added Dentist Hearing Protection to my list of industries that I will serve and spread the message of hearing conservation too. After this shocking but enlightening turn of events, I realized that the custom hearing protection product that I just patented would be the exact solution for the dental profession because of their individual needs. In the dental profession, it is necessary that They look sharp, hear everything around them perfectly, including their assistant and be adequately protected against the persistent decibels that they are exposed to every day. Furthermore, they are also exposed to an array of chemicals that cause many other health issues and even some of them make hearing loss worse.

If this article has piqued your interest please feel free to reach out to me at 719-271-9081 or find more information here and tell your dentist that he needs to protect his hearing.

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5 Reasons that Custom Sleeping Ear Plugs are Best

Now that we’re adults it becomes increasingly difficult to get a good nights rest, between the normal everyday stresses of family, bills, work, and the ever impending clock of life ticking away our years, there are only a small handful of ways in which we can disengage and take our attention away from the things that trouble us and find time for peace. Some of us choose meditation, some choose movies and t.v and others choose reading or painting. Myself I choose to sleep, and when I get a goods nights sleep I am able to allow my subconscious mind free.
And over the years I have dedicated myself to finding the most comfortable ways to sleep. In my efforts to have the best nights rest possible I am willing to try almost anything. From eye masks to scented oils, darkened windows and melatonin my ambition to find the perfect rest is something I take seriously. It wasn’t until 2004 when I began to wear earplugs that I entered into a truly deep and restful sleep. This was around the time when I began my company Big Ear and I entered into the world of making custom earplugs and custom stereo ear plugs and over the last 15 years I have dedicated myself to creating the greatest products on the planet for personal hearing protection, and I want to share with you why I believe that you too can benefit from wearing custom earplugs.
A great product that we have found is deep and restful sleep. If one of the reasons you need earplugs is a snoring partner then this just might be the answer for you.

Why you must have Custom Sleeping Ear Plugs 

1. The Fit:  It takes only seconds to put custom earplugs in your ears. Just a little twist and they slip smoothly down your ear canal, and boom they’re in. The quality of the fit and feel is unmatched by any kind or fits all solution on the market.
2. The Seal: Now you have your Ear Plugs in, chose how you want to sleep. Sleep on your back, switch to your side, flip over on your side. You see it does not matter, and you can’t get them to come out. If you slide your face across your pillow, they don’t move, shift or come out.
3. No ear Fatigue: It doesn’t matter if you are taking a cat nap at the airport, Sleeping in a hotel, tent, trying to catch a few winks or want to sleep the weekend away, you can wear them for as long as you like. Since their down in your ear canal and custom made just for you, they don’t move or slip.
4. Consistency: Once you use them for a few days and get used to how quiet they really are, your mind learns to shut down quickly. Slide in your Custom Sleeping Ear Plugs close your eyes, and you drift right off to sleep. It is the same every time. It never changes because one is in deeper than the other, they don’t pop out. You don’t hear them on the pillow.
5. Longevity: Because they are made just for you they are built to last 5 to 7 years of daily use. They are not trying to expand in your head, not poking you, or scratching on the pillow.
6. Savings: If you look at the initial investment, you pay one time and you’re done. No more running out, no more finally drifting off to sleep only to be awakened because one fell out and now what is keeping you awake is back. No more having to figure out how to place your head just right not to cause pain and not pull them out.

7. Limited Over Protection:  The sound reduction that you will receive is in the 30dB range. It will also depend on your personal hearing loss as to what the actually perceived sound reduction is, but, you can still hear the dog bark, the maid at the door, and other important sounds that you must hear. If you’re already using earplugs, you will understand what wearing earplugs sound like, if you are not familiar with wearing ear plugs there is a break in time of about one week for your brain and body to adjust.

8. Convenience: When you wear earplugs to bed nothing is worse than having spent 5 to 10 minutes rolling up an earplug and jamming it in your head and hoping that the seal will be tight and even for both ears. Sometimes it is and sometimes it’s not so you have to restart and by the time you get both out, you’ve dropped one on the floor and the other is lost in the sheets. With custom earplugs, you just open the case twist or slide in your earplugs and lay back on your pillow and fall into a deep and restful sleep.

The Best Motorcyclist Riding Ear Plugs

When it comes to riding your motorcycle it is meant to be an enjoyable experience and having the best protection gear is part of this experience and we want to help you answer this Question, What are “The Best Motorcyclist Riding Ear Plugs?”

Motorcyclist comes in all shapes and sizes all with different reasons for riding a motorcycle. Many chose because of gas prices, mpg, or parking spaces and more ride because of the thrill of the wind and freedom from being trapped in a car.

I ride a lot of the time and use this as a kind of pondering and a mental break from day to day life.

I came across an article that was shared with me that I would like to share with you and I’m not taking credit for this other then it really sums up a lot of the reason I ride.

The Spiral of Life

“If there were no beginnings and if there were no endings, we would have the absence of inertia and the presence of stagnation.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Life flows in a cyclical, spiralized movement, like a corkscrew.

The line of existence twisting and turning.

Moving up and over…down and under…and back up again.

This cycle repeating over and over, from birth until death.

The cyclical nature of experience continually propelling us forward.

Each rotation moving us just a little bit further on our own unique journey.

Gifting us with experiences.

Teaching us lessons.

Often times as we move through the cycles of life, we place our focus on the upswing.

On the top of the cycle and the momentum that it holds.

This is the space of energy, drive and forward movement.

It’s this space that we tend to glamourize.

We live in a world that is quick and rewards efficiency.

Our culture and society have taught us that in order to be considered successful, you have to do things better, faster and stronger than everyone else.

You’ve heard it in your life, I’m sure…that success is only measured by how hard you grind.

By how much you hustle.

Every single day.

All the time.

So, we begin to apply pressure to stay in this highly focused, highly energized space even as we’re moving through the bottommost portions of our cycle.

The time that is meant for rest, reflection and regeneration.

This is the space where we can retreat into our imagination and our own emotional world.

This is the space where ideas are conceived.

Where dreams are born.

It’s within this space, that the strength we’ll need to see us through the top of our cycle, is cultivated.

And when we don’t honor this downtime, we stress out.

We burn out.

We become physically ill.

If we don’t honor our need for rest and reflection, we won’t have the stamina to continue on with our growth effectively.

Here are some really simple steps to help you identify where you’re currently at within your own unique cycle:

  1. Find a quiet space and allow yourself to become still.
  2. Feel into your body and listen to what it’s saying.

If you feel energized and motivated, you’re on the top of that spiral.

Direct that energy toward something productive that will help you move forward with your dreams, or something that you’ve been working on.

If you find that when you get still, you’re actually exhausted, then you’re in the bottom phase of your spiral.

Find time to nurture yourself and rest more than you typically would.

Your body will always tell you what it needs, it’s your primary guide throughout this life.

Your job, is simply to listen to it.

To become familiar with the cyclical nature that it moves and thrives on.

To learn what your cycle is and to honor it.

So, take some time this week to check in.

Where are you currently at within the ebb and flow of your grand spiral?

 

So if you are like me this was a nice break in thinking and time for a motorcycle ride just to ponder these wise words.

One thing that we combat while were riding is hearing loss from the wind and road noise and often ponder, What are The Best Motorcyclist Riding Ear Plugs.

This answer is different for many people with different needs and here on our website, we give you a lot of resources to answer this question.

How to find the right motorcycle ear plugs

 

Best Trap shooting Ear Plugs are ones that you can wear, concentrate and win the match.

It allows you to be your best and that is what Mark was able to do.

 


Best Shooting Hearing Protection Mark Cox and Big Ear

 

Interview with Champion Trap Shooter Mark Cox:

It all began for Mark Cox 2 years ago, when he discovered trap shooting as a sport that he could do together with his teenage son, Tyler Cox.  Trap quickly became a passion for the father-son duo.  Each has quickly risen in their own right to become one of the top shooters in their state of North Carolina.  Mark became the 2019 NC state champion in B class; together, he and his son took the 2019 award for NC’s top parent-child team.  Mark says the fond memories and strong bonds the two are building as they compete together mean the world to him.

When asked what advice he has for other parents and children who may be interested in the sport, Mark said he recommends several things.  First, don’t just go out and buy a shotgun.  There are so many different guns out there, and so many different price ranges, that you really need to know exactly what you need for you or your child’s individual situation.  He recommends finding a seasoned trap shooting coach to help guide you in purchasing the right shotgun for the sport.

Secondly,  he can’t emphasize enough the importance of a good trap shooting coach to teach shooting fundamentals.  In the beginning, proper gun mount and site picture have to be learned through repetition.  A good trap coach can help you learn those through proper body mechanics, visuals, and mental focus BEFORE bad habits set in.  Both he and Tyler learned from renowned coach Jeff Allen.  Mark says, “I had grown up rifle shooting and deer hunting, but shotgun sports are an entirely different way of shooting.  That is why Jeff has been paramount in our success.”

Thirdly, look for a team to join that can help you grow as a trap shooter and provide opportunities to meet other like-minded people.  Tyler not only shoots for his high school team but also joined the elite Carolina Clays, for which Mark is now one of the coaches.  Mark wants to point out that teams like the Carolina Clays, which belong to the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), provide many opportunities for college scholarships.  This was an important factor from Mark’s perspective in choosing to align with the Carolina Clays.

Mark also recommends buying the best equipment possible according to your budget.   Aside from getting a gun that fits, he says don’t forget about chokes, glasses, and trap shooting ear plugs.  Having the right choke in the barrel can give you just enough of an advantage to beat your competition. You can also get a slight advantage with shooting glasses that come in an array of interchangeable lens colors.  The colors help visualize the clay targets against various backgrounds on the field.

And don’t forget earplugs! Permanent tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and even hearing loss are possible if you don’t protect your hearing while shooting.  Mark is a “big” believer in Big Ear custom earplugs.  He never shoots without them.

When asked what parting words Mark had for this interview, he said, “Winners never quit. Quitters never win.  Now go bust some clays!”

Written by Kay Rogers

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Musicians Hearing Loss

Musicians Hearing Loss is at an all-time high. As I travel the country and interview incoming freshman in the marching bands were seeing that more than 50% already have Tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

Stevie Vai, Eric Clapton, Brian Johnson, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey,  Neil Young, Phil Collins, Will i. Am, Grimes, Chris Martin, George Martin, Danny Elfman, Huey Lewis, And Ozzy Osbourne.

Musicians Hearing Loss

And Other than selling millions of albums, performing in the largest venues on planet earth and influencing the minds of millions of men and women today there is one sinister affliction that all of these giants of music. They all share, Hearing loss, Tinnitus or acute hearing degradation due in part to their exposure to extreme decibel levels while performing recording and participating in high decibel level events for the better part of their entire lives.

We are now starting to pay attention to this chronic problem that has been rampant in the music industry for the better part of 2oo years. Composers such as Ignaz Holzbauer, Bedrich Smetana, William Boyce and the well-known case of Ludwig van Beethoven. These most recent incidents are not isolated, and hearing degradation has occurred for generations, why is this?  Is it a case of our society not caring about those who engage in artistic endeavors and that is why Musicians Hearing Loss is so ramped.

Musicians Hearing Loss

4 questions to ponder:

  1. Is it an education issue?
  2. Is it a complete disregard for one’s health?
  3. Is it ignorance?
  4. Is it a combination of all of the above and more?

 

From our experience at Big Ear after 15 years of attending events that range from motorcycle trade shows to NAM (North American Music Association) and undress of other shows we have the physical evidence to show that Musicians Hearing Loss is affecting all areas of life attributed to a wide range of human faults.

Citing many articles on earring loss is something that hundreds of other sites of which I will share what I have researched in order to provide adequate information on this topic is something that I want to do, however I want people to read this and gain a human understanding of why people are causing themselves damage and give answers to the question of why we do this to ourselves.

To start with the least scientific reason, I will begin by analyzing the core folly of what we see at most motorcycle events; ego the big hairy monster that causes humans to err in the wildest of ways. The same ego that leads men and women to do dangerous and sometimes disastrous actions is at fault when it comes to their failure to protect their hearing. “Earplugs are for pussies.” Some think, “I want to be able to hear my pipes.” Is another public offhand comment thrown our way? “What, I can’t hear you right now, my hearing is to far gone.” The fact that we hear these at most motorcycle events we attend is astounding and disturbing at the same time.

However, Musicians Hearing Loss in the world of music, we find that there is a separate culprit which is a legitimized claim by extremely high-level musicians the occlusion or the altering of pitch that causes musicians to misjudge or misinterpret their tempo, cues or place in the music which can lead to them to losing their position and career. In the tradition of samurais, this would lead to harakiri we now have unemployed artists.

However this does not explain the disconnect and the reason why these issues are not solved, they seem to be brushed under the rug and designated as artists issues and in the long run, it is creating a whole host of health issues that will continue for their entire life. We must do something today to educate.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss At The Gym

Who would have ever thought that while you are at the gym exercising getting healthy and really working hard that you are causing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss at the Gym and a simple set of custom ear plugs is the solution?

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss at the gym custom ear plugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s July and your New Year’s resolution is wearing thin. You promised you would go to the gym more, and you know that those cupcakes keep calling your name every time you walk into the supermarket, but your gut is telling you to skip it and hit the elliptical for another hour and a half confused gazelle stride session. (But does the elliptical work? Or is it a giant awkward excuse to just not run on the treadmill) However you forego the cupcake, slap on your perma-wrinkled running shirt and shorts and the same pair of sneakers that every reformed runner has that beckons sadly underneath the boxes in your closest, and you get your cupcake binging self to the gym.

After shamelessly walking through the front door avoiding contact with every other member in the place(Especially the trainers) you find your way to the cardio section where lo and behold every single piece of cardio equipment is taken by working moms and middle-aged men looking to tighten up for this year’s vacation to Nassau. But hope fills your heart when you see that one treadmill is available, its beckoning light calls to you. You beeline for it and decide to dump your gear around you and worry about putting it in the locker room whenever who cares you made it this far.

On arrival, your gut drops, its the treadmill from 1984, the one that hitches with each step and halts like an ill-working belt sander whenever you apply too much foot pressure. You let out a sigh, undaunted you step aboard and begin your run. 3 minutes pass and you are feeling fleet of foot, and the near-death experience of nearly face planting due to sticky treadmill foot has passed, and you begin to ease into your workout.

Then without warning the guy that you swear was in jersey shore shark attack drops his last deadlift with Arnolds signature York barbell and you swear you have just transported into a sheet metal punching facility. Looking over your mind forgets that you are running on Laffy Taffy and you step too hard which leads to you learning about your superhuman reflects as you grasp out for the handles to gain your balance back, your legs kick out to the side. With the warped turd of a treadmill still galloping along under you at a brisk 7.5, you look over at Tony or Scott or chad (It’s always Chad) as he mounts the squat rack with four screaming metal plates.

An hour and a half later you finish your workout on the middle-age, man sweat-stained treadmill that you gave a thorough wipedown. And with one more slam from Chad’s barbell, he concludes giving you a wink and a smile as he jumps over the front desk of the weight room and unplugs his iPod nano that cuts off Five Finger Death Punch maxing out the gyms speaker systems. You head out to your car exhausted but fulfilled, and besides Chad’s offensive presence you feel fulfilled.

You get in your car which has become a small sanctuary on wheels, shut the door and sit for a second in the dark as the interior light slowly burns out. Something is odd; however, in the complete silence of your vehicle, your ears are ringing. And whether you know it or not you have been dosed by potentially dangerous decibels for the last hour and a half.

Within frequent gym visitors, this is a scenario that although humorous in its explanation is sadly very common and is an example of how your local gym can cause you Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and happens to men and women every day at gyms around the world. (Article)

We have talked with many gym owners and they express that it’s all part of the experience and without the loud intensity that it would not be the same experience.

So what does it come down to, (you), it’s the same you that is getting in shape that has to be responsible to prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss at the gym and other places in your life.

You need to do some research and find the best custom ear plugs for you.

How to choose the right custom ear plug

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss at the gym custom ear plugs

(The One®) Select Series is the second tier selection in our M.E.T series. Furthering the idea of the standard set we wanted to give you as more choices to protect yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all starts with having the proper shooting ear plugs and eyewear.

 

Big Ear Shooting Ear plugs
Engaging in safe shooting skills is a necessity whether you target shooting in a pleasant setting, participating in competitive sports, shooting a public array With the Women that Hunt or plinking with friends. Having the proper safety equipment eye and shooting ear plugs is a must. Adherence to security rules, courtesy towards other shooters and careful gun handling are all keys to a safe, enjoyable experience.

1. Ignoring essential security rules and failing to follow instructions.

Some people seem to believe the rules don’t apply to them and they can be quite dangerous to be around. If they can’t be persuaded to amend their behavior, it is probably best to break free from them. I’m not shy about sending folks home from my classes if they are a danger to others or themselves. Safety is essential and non-negotiable.
Let’s start with a few Critical rules:
  1.  All guns are always loaded. Always.
  2.  Never allow the muzzle to point to anything or anyone.
  3.  Always be sure of your target -understand what you’re shooting at and Know that the bullet can and will go through the target, or you may miss.

2. Poor Gun Handling

We have all know individuals who wave a gun around or can’t appear to keep their finger off the trigger when they are not shooting. The typical excuse, when brought to their attention, is,”But the gun isn’t loaded.” Well, maybe it is, and perhaps it is not, but the rest of us have no means of knowing that. Gun handling and security rules apply all the time. Always.

3. Don’t Practice Speed Holstering

A sure prescription for shooting yourself is speed holstering, and it is a wicked habit. Slamming the gun into the holster, especially if the weapons safety is not engaged, the weapon is de-cocked or if your finger is on the trigger. This can lead to a horrible surprise. If a piece of clothing or a part of the holster comes in contact with the weapon when it is holstered, it’s entirely feasible for a round to discharge into your leg, butt or crotch, depending upon where you carry. Think about that when contemplating your carry method and always holster slowly, and carefully.

4. Using public ranges

When going to most public ranges, it will not take long until you see somebody using a gun in their hands turn off from the shooting line and sweep against other shooters or bystanders.  Always keep your gun in a safe direction.

5. Handling your open weapon

Bending over with a gun in your hand, as we seem programmed to bend down and immediately pick up anything we drop reflexively. This can be particularly harmful whether you’re on a range, or with friends, as we lose control of the muzzle, pass by other people, or worse, put our thoughts in line with different people handling firearms. If you drop something at a range, wait until the line is declared secure before you bend down to pick up what you have dropped and do not under any circumstance step forward and cross the line.

6. Cold Range Handling

At a range when Handling firearms while the range is cold, when people are down range or when handling firearms behind the firing line. After the range goes cold, all guns ought to be unloaded,  benched or holstered. Stepping back into the line to correct your sights while some are repairing targets isn’t just harmful.

7. Proper Eye Protection

How frequently have you seen people shooting who are not wearing adequate eye protection? It only takes one very small particle to take a eye out. Never shoot without eye protection.

8. Starting with adequate shooting ear plugs

The worst of all, Not using Shooting Ear Plugs. You have been conditioned by the TV that you can just pop off a few rounds, and they never have any repercussions. They go to the next seen all fine and have conservation, and everything is well. Truth is even the smallest .22 can cause a lifetime of suffering. It is worse than being shot. Because if just this one time it causes tinnitus or you become sudden hard of hearing or even deaf it all on you. No one else suffers and you have to deal with this until you die.
There are so many different Shooting Ear Plugs options available that it is no longer an excuse. Having a custom set of earplugs made is always the best option as they take a second to put in and give you the maximum protection that is always exactly the same.
I remember a story while watching a tv show with my Father-in-law and he said when he fired a gun from his cruiser that it was one of the worst mistakes of his life. He missed of course but the concussion blew all the papers off the dash throughout the car dust, and smoke was flying and instantly got tinnitus. That was in 1967. His ears are still ringing today.
Conclusion: Everyone should take a safety course, and this goes for any spectators as well. Get to know your equipment as in this sport there is no re do’s. This should be enjoyable, not life-changing.

How to prevent Tinnitus in Motorcycle Riders

How to prevent tinnitus in motorcycle riders is not complicated at all, it just a matter of choice.
Having just completed the BMW MOA Rally in Lebanon Tn this year I was a presenter in 2 seminars talking about the effects of wind and road noise and the hearing loss were all experiencing.
It was a great turn out more than 50 riders per seminar so I was able to get some great poll numbers.
More than 70% of people in this group had ringing in their ears and 75% had hearing damage. More than 20 people already had hearing aids.
Most people in the room were shocked to see how many people in one group are suffering.
tinnitus in motorcycle riders
Why It Is So Important To Wear Hearing Protection When Motorcycle Riding
    There’s no greater pleasure on a warm summer day than jumping on your motorcycle and taking off down the road – the free and easy feeling that comes with gliding down the blacktop on your bike is hard to match.  Before the ride begins, responsible riders are decked out from head to toe in their protective gear: they don their boots, helmets, gloves, glasses, and visor at the very least.  But is that all the safety equipment you need for motorcycle riding?
A growing body of evidence suggests that many riders are missing out on a critical piece of protective gear. Earplugs, a steadily increasing number of studies are showing that hearing protection is an essential component of responsible motorcycle operation and long-term exposure to loud noise from the wind or the motorcycle engine is known to damage your hearing and create tinnitus in motorcycle riders.
The noise can be especially harmful given the length of exposure typical of a motorcycle ride.  A long ride can last hours, and the hearing loss experienced by any rider is greatly amplified by lengthy exposure time.
There are a number of sources of loud noise on any given motorcycle ride, and for this reason, researches and enthusiasts are beginning to come around the idea that wearing earplugs while riding a motorcycle is more than a matter of personal comfort rather it is a necessity to an individuals lifetime health.
   “Contrary to what you might expect, the most dangerous source of loud noise during a motorcycle ride isn’t the motorcycle engine itself – it’s the wind rushing past your ears.
tinnitus in motorcycle riders
At speeds as slow as 35 miles per hour.” writes A. Gregg Moore of EI-1 Environmental, Health, and Safety Solutions, “Wind noise can top 90 to 100 decibels, far exceeding the sound of the bike itself.”  Glenn Hood, a hearing protection expert with Big Ear, reports that” A cruise down the freeway at 80 miles per hour can generate as much as 118 decibels of noise in a rider’s ears, and the best motorcycle helmet only reduces the dB level by 4dB.
This is the equivalent of operating a chainsaw, leaf blower or snowmobile, and OSHA recommends limiting personal exposure to noise at that level to under 10 minutes per day.”  “With the wrong helmet, Hood adds, that noise can be amplified to even greater levels: a helmet with many cuts or openings can amplify low-frequency noise to up to 118 decibels, the equivalent of a factory producing automobiles.”
    Noise from turbulent air entering the helmet at the chin and neck area grows quickly when trapped, and Hood cautions that most helmets on the market are to some extent hazardous to your hearing and thus creating tinnitus in motorcycle riders.
The only way to be certain that your hearing is protected from wind noise is by using some type of hearing protection while riding.  Wearing earplugs will also help diminish the effects of another potent source of the noise:  the motorcycle itself.  Even without the wind, many bikes are more than capable of exceeding the 85-decibel threshold that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends hearing protection above.
    Motorcycle engines can easily produce 100 decibels when accelerating, and that is without modifications.  Add in free-flowing exhaust components, and custom intakes and that number will grow very quickly as well.  Some competition dirtbike engines are capable of producing 140 decibels – nearly enough sound pressure to cause nausea with prolonged exposure.
When a person is exposed to sound at these levels for extended periods of time, they will suffer from the noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus and once your hearing is lost it is gone forever. “The reason for the permanent nature of hearing damage is in the mechanics of the inner ear”, says otolaryngologist and motorcycle enthusiast Dr. Phil Scheinberg.  “The delicate hairs inside the ear vibrate in response to changes in air pressure, and these vibrations are processed to become what we experience as sound.
When these hair cells are damaged, one first loses the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, and this may also result in a condition called tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears in the absence of any actual sound.”  According to Dr. Johnson, the same exposure levels that cause hearing loss can also cause a host of other symptoms including elevated heart rate, fatigue, and anxiety.  It’s not hard to see that there is a strong case for using motorcycle hearing protection.
   In response to this, custom earplugs for motorcycle riders are available. They work by blocking sound waves from entering the ear canal and causing damage. When wearing a helmet, it’s easy to feel a false sense of security where your hearing is concerned, but all of that air rushing into the openings between your head and the helmet itself creates turbulence that eventually finds its way into your ears.
By using ear plugs for motorcycle riding, you effectively plug the ear, preventing this low-frequency sound pressure from causing you irreparable damage.
    Choosing the best earplugs for motorcycle riding is a matter of personal choice and comfort with different varieties of earplugs. Regular store-bought earplugs like the type used by construction workers, are an excellent place to start if you’re not convinced that custom ear plugs for motorcycle riders are worth the investment.
There are many one size fit all earplugs to try and understand the benefits of wearing hearing protection. There are many different sizes, shapes, and colors available, and they’re meant to be comfortable – OSHA requires that construction workers on many sites wear them for the entirety of their eight to ten-hour shift, so a healthy amount of work has gone into producing them with comfortable material and fit characteristics.
These come in the form of small foam lozenges which are rolled between the fingers and compressed, the user slips them a short distance into the outside of the ear canal, and they re-expand (circumferentially) to seal off the ear without pushing wax or debris into the ear.
   You will find that these one-size-fits-all offerings are uncomfortable and in some cases unwearable when you wear a helmet and the pressure from the helmet rides up an down on your ears as you are ridding. Now companies offer custom-molded earplugs, and this is usually the best solution. They offer a rider a consistent hearing reduction ride and no pressure while wearing a helmet and don’t move out of place when the helmet moves up and down.
You also have the option of having hearing protection first and the ability to still hear your communication or music through the intra-helmet speakers better with a set of custom motorcycle ear plugs in. For the tech-savvy among us, they are also available as a custom-molded, wireless Bluetooth unit. The bottom line is If you lose your hearing – and you will after enough time riding without earplugs – you may not be eligible for your motorcycle license when advanced age or other circumstances require you take a driver’s medical.
At that stage, there’s no going back, and you’ll wish you’d taken steps to protect your hearing sooner. The solution is simple, wear hearing protection while riding your motorcycle, and you’ll continue to enjoy riding for decades to come and not suffer tinnitus in motorcycle riders.

What is one of the most essentials pieces of BMW motorcycle rider safety equipment?

Custom Ear Plugs

Big Ear is one of the official Grand Prize Giveaways at the annual BMW Owners of America Rally each year.

It was a great turn out last year in Iowa, they had a great turn out and amazing facility but it was so hot.

Last year in Iowas the grand prize winner From Big Ear was Karen Hinzpeter from Twin Lakes Wi.

The BMW Owners of America had a beer tent and Karen won as she was volunteering for the members.

I think there were many volunteers that won, so thanks for being there for the members.

Our 2 seminars were standing room only as well and there were a lot of free items given away and a discount for Custom Ear Plugs if you attended my seminar.

This year will be the best year ever for us and our Big Ear Customers. I will be giving out our Custom Filtered Motorcycle Earplugs out at the seminar. One person Each day so don’t miss this.

It is our Select set that is a $300.00 Value. You have to be present to win. I will have a secret drawing for a lucky winner, how you win this is you are now reading this.

If you put your name on one of my business cards from my booth and bring it in and hand it to me with a secret handshake you will be in this exclusive limited drawing. Only a few who read this and follow this exactly will win.

So let’s get started

This is our Custom Motorcycle Ear Plug that is legal in all 50 states!

BMW MOTORCYCLE RIDER

Filtered Earplugs for the BMW MOTORCYCLE RIDER to hear their music and others around them while eliminating the plugged up feeling of earplugs while riding.

Here is a video on our newest filtered Custom Ear Plugs for the BMW MOTORCYCLE RIDER to allow them to fully protect themselves while hearing everything around them.

Our BE-Select dual Custom Filtered Ear Plugs with 2 sets of Filters and a full stop plug.

This year’s Grand Prize Give away will be Big Ear’s Newest Noise Canceling Convertible Custom Triple Speaker Earbuds (Value $1555.00)

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One of the more difficult things we are now doing is to struggle to hear our sound systems or communication systems over the wind and road noise while we’re trying to enjoy our ride.

There are so many people trying to make louder speakers, (quieter helmets, not) and claim to have a better solution, but they’re just selling a product made in China.

If we were just using this around the house or in the drive it sounds great, but were not. We get on our motorcycle and get up to road speed and all the new tech and things you have done won’t work in the 115-120dB environment.

To compensate, we’ve purchased systems at a booth, in a store, or online through vendors that claim to have a better solution. We’ve sat in our driveway, installed that system, and boy, did it sound good!

Then we went for a ride. Those supposedly new and improved systems did not perform as promised because the wind and road noise rose over 105dB. It was impossible to hear your music or partner over the roar.

The Solution:

Big Ear Inc. has a solution to your frustration on the open road. Finally, you can hear your communication system while enjoying your fantastic motorcycle adventures. Chose if you would like to go with your Bluetooth or just hard wire into your newer communication system. Plug your cord into your Big Ear earplugs, and go. The clarity and sound are unparalleled to anything on the market.

BMW Rally Also included, you can turn your phone into a perfect hearing aid (full info on the website) using your Big Ears and the Sonic Cloud app. Have constant communication on the road or at the gas pumps without removing your helmet. The solutions are endless when it comes to hearing protection and clear sound.

 

 

Learn more at bigearinc.com/bmw-moa or attend my upcoming BMW Owners of America seminars at the rally. We will discuss these solutions, a new earplug, and ways to hear your speakers without changing your current set up.

Get a discount for just attending my talk.

 

Music line up lineup this year

More to do in Tennessee

 

Noise Cancelling Motorcycle Hearing Protection VS Passive Noise Canceling

Kevin King inspired this article, and it is one that has and is causing a lot of confusion because of the marketing of Noise Canceling motorcycle hearing protection and noise canceling products in general.

Here is his Question and I will answer this inline below for ease and full understanding.

Kevin:

While my motorcycle was in for routine 24K maintenance, I sat in the customer lounge perusing a BMW owner magazine.  In the magazine was a small advertisement from Big Ear Inc concerning “noise-canceling” in-ear product.  When I went to your website, the products you offered do not reference noise-cancelling product features.  I watched the YouTube video, and I do not recall a reference to noise-cancellation.

Kevin, all our products are hearing protection first, from our basic ear plugs, our filtered ear plugs, and even our custom stereo earbuds are all Noise Canceling Motorcycle Hearing Protection.

Does BigEar sell an ACTIVE-noise cancellation in-ear product?

Big Ear does not sell an active noise cancellation hearing protection device because active noise canceling does not protect your hearing. It creates an anti frequency that eliminates some frequencies but has very little hearing protection in any device. 

Noise Canceling Motorcycle Hearing Protection

We do not add more sound to try and reduce some frequencies. It does not work in the wind.

When you are dealing with a motorcycle and wind and road noise it is an extremely loud environment, (115-120+dB’s),  and the frequencies are so intense and varying that no noise canceling can cancel the noise from this in the first place and the few frequencies that they could cancel still would not protect your hearing.

How to lower your dB

Motorcyclists want lowered decibels certainly – but more than anything we want low-frequency road noise cut out (equivalent to the Bose product).

On a motorcycle, we need to cancel as much of the wind and road noise that we can. Decibels are measured on an algorithmic scale not linear, so every 3 dB is double the sound pressure.

85dB is where hearing loss starts and is acclimated and nonreversible. So 85-88 dB is double the sound pressure, 88-91 just doubled that. 91 to 94 is double again, so you can see how your organs can cook and ear’s bleed at 140+ dB.  So when you look at a Bose headset it is about 95dB in the airplane cabin, you put on the headset, and it reduces it about 25dB, and then you engage the noise-canceling feature. It did not reduce the dB level; it just canceled certain frequencies in an airplane, it’s like a magic trick. it works. 

Use them at home or in the car they don’t work the same as the frequencies are different. They do nothing about sound pressure reduction other than the seal from the earmuffs. So it’s a great technology but does not work or has no use in wind noise on a motorcycle. 

I had a friend that fastened them to his head with a strap, and they did not work at all at road speed, and this is not what they were not designed for. 

I do get this question all the time because Bose is such a good marketing company.

Motorcycle Helmets and

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Noise Canceling Motorcycle Hearing Protection

Helmet manufacturers do a dismal job of aural protection in the helmet product they sell.  Helmet manufacturers could develop in-helmet earcups that have active noise-cancellation.  Instead, the helmet manufacturers pander glitzy paint jobs and flutes for ventilation and “style.”  Us long-distance riders would pay good money for real active noise cancellation.  But since that does not exist, the next logical thing is in-ear molded products.

The best dB reduction helmet is 4dB and what you have learned is that 4dB removes at least 1 double of sound reduction, and there is mounting pressure to keep the class action lawsuits going as they represent them as hearing protection and they are not they are head protection and do not explain the limitations of hearing protection and allow hearing loss to occur while using the pretty helmet. Many helmets also cause massive extra noise and buffeting and noise. I deal with this all the time. When you do wear custom earplugs you get to hear other noises as the wind and road is reduced so now you hear the loudness of your helmet and windshield, mirrors and all the wing tip vortices cause by racing through the wind.

Active noise canceling does not work; that is why they do not do it. If it worked, they would do it and charge you $3,000 for the new super duper helmet.

Thus my last question would be:  is the noise cancellation referenced in your advertisements PASSIVE in nature, or ACTIVE in nature?

All our Noise Canceling Motorcycle Hearing Protection is Passive as this is all that works. We do have filtered hearing protection, but you really need to be careful and measure with a simple should level meter to see how loud it is the day your ridding. Are you in a headwind, side wind it all changes quickly and gets really loud fast?

As a suffer from Tinnitus, I do everything I can to protect my hearing from getting worse.

If you are using communication in your helmet or music, you must use a Noise Canceling Motorcycle Hearing Protection device that is earplugs first; then you can turn the sound down.

If you just try and jack the sound up over the wind, you are just accelerating the hearing loss situation.

Kevin, thank you for the thought and questions you have. If we can help further let us know.