Alpine Hearing Protection has improved their universal-fit MotoSafe earplugs to not only protect riders’ hearing, but also make them more relaxed and safer.
If you have ringing in your ears after a log ride, you are damaging your hearing. It’s even worse if you have Bluetooth helmet speakers belting music into your ears above the roar of the road and wind!
Many riders wear earplugs that block out almost all sound.
However, these Dutch-made universal-fit soft earplugs feature filters that mainly cut damaging wind noise, rather than cutting all noise.
Alpine MotoSafe earplugs still allow you to hear important sounds such as emergency vehicles and the screeching of brakes!
They also allow you clearly listen to music, GPS navigation instructions or phone calls on a Bluetooth headset.
The secret is the unique Alpine Acoustic Filters which mainly cut the damaging frequencies.
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They come in three different packs. The Tour MotoSafe earplugs with black filters offer moderate noise reduction for $24.95 and the Race plugs with red filters at $27.95 have high noise reduction.
The Pro pack at $39.95 is good value as it features two of each type ofMotoSafe plug. They come with a handy soft pouch which you can attach to your keyring without scratching your bike’s paintwork or triple clamp.
We’ve tried and tested a lot of earplugs and recommend that any plugs are better than nothing at all.
The MotoSafe plugs are very comfortable because they are made of a very soft material.
You have to push them all the way in to get a good fit but the warmth of your ear gradually makes the soft material form to the shape of your inner ear.
They also don’t get uncomfortable under even the tightest helmet that presses hard against your ears.
Since there is no silicone in the material, they don’t get sweaty or itchy.
The MotoSafe earplugs also don’t fall out even when you pull your helmet on and off. However, you need skinny fingers to grab the filters to pull them out.
Since the filter allows air to pass in and out, there is no feeling of total isolation from the rest of the world, just a reduction in abrasive sounds.
While cutting damaging noises, they still allow you to hear most frequencies of your Bluetooth speaker music at a reduced volume.
The lack of harsh white noise from the road and wind makes you feel relaxed.
And being relaxed means you can concentrate on your riding which makes you safer which could be why they’ve called them MotoSafe.
Alpine MotoSafe earplug filters reduce noise at different levels for different frequencies.
For the technically minded, the Tour plugs reduce bass sounds around 63Hz by 6.6dB and 8000Hz treble sounds by 16.12dB which is wind noise at 50km/h.
The maximum amount of protection is in the harsh and harmful midrange of 2000-4000Hz where the noise suppression is 23.8-18.5dB.
The Race plugs drop bass frequencies 15.7dB, midrange by 26.1 and treble by 19.7dB.
Reduction in noise may vary from ear to ear, depending on fit, with a variation of 2.8 to 4.4dB.
This data was tested according to European standard EN 352-2: 2002.
One in six people is affected by hearing loss from exposure to prolonged loud noises and it is higher among motorcycle riders.
While a vacuum cleaner emits about 65 decibels and causes no hearing loss, listening to headphone music is about 94dB and after one hour can cause hearing loss.
However, riders can experience prolonged noise levels of more than 100dB which is about the same as being in a nightclub.
It’s not actually exhaust or engine noise that causes the biggest problem, but wind noise, according to the American Industrial Paramedic Services. The turbulence generated at high speeds can reach 103dB which is why all racers wear some form of hearing protection.
In Australia, about four million people have hearing loss, in the UK it’s 10 million and in the US, some 48 million have some form of hearing loss.
While hearing loss is a part of the natural ageing process, it is increased by prolonged exposure to excessive noise and riders are more than likely to experience greater hearing losses in their senior years.
That’s why riders should have some form of hearing protection whenever they ride, especially on long trips. Any earplug is better than no earplugs.