Tomac ear plugs

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7/30/2013 12:10 PM

Noticed at end of race he pulled them out of his ear. Why do you think he wears them? Is he trying to avoid damage to his ear or does it help him ride better?

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7/30/2013 12:14 PM

I remember Tomac saying he wore them to protect his ears.

It seemed like they were in there pretty deep. He had to dig pretty hard to get them out.

I guess Tomac doesn't care about his teeth like Baggett does.

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7/30/2013 12:18 PM

Dunno why he's using them, but I have been using them for a decade now, mainly because 100 db will for sure impair hearing, secondly I noticed I felt I could go a bit faster, because the sound made me less prone to twist the throttle, with ear plugs I felt more comfy. I figure the last part wont apply to Tomac though! smile

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7/30/2013 12:18 PM

He's worn them for awhile. Erin tried to interview him after a DNF or a bad race last season and he kept telling her that he couldn't hear her because he had the ear plugs in. I believe he said that it is for ear protection. I couldn't imagine the benefit. I know we have a lot of doctors posting here. Anyone know if it has any effect on equilibrium?

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7/30/2013 12:23 PM

IWreckALot wrote:

He's worn them for awhile. Erin tried to interview him after a DNF or a bad race last season and he kept telling her that he couldn't hear her because he had the ear plugs in. I believe he said that it is for ear protection. I couldn't imagine the benefit. I know we have a lot of doctors posting here. Anyone know if it has any effect on equilibrium?

I'm pretty sure I have lost some hearing prior to wearing them, a couple of weeks ago, one wasn't seated enough, and I had numb feeling in that ear for an hour or so, even heard a ring tone like those you experience after a concert. I'm confident going wide open with a 450 and bad muffler equals damage, and the helmet isn't really doing much to protect the ears. I think anything over 85 db which basically equals all bikes (within one meter distance 3 ft) equals risk of damage. It's not rocket surgery.

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7/30/2013 12:31 PM

i remember him saying he started wearing them when he got on big bikes because his ears were ringing after riding

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7/30/2013 12:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2013 12:39 PM

Asher wrote:

i remember him saying he started wearing them when he got on big bikes because his ears were ringing after riding

Yeah, that's what I was thinking also. Very smart on his part. No reason to have damage to his ear later in life when he's done riding. It would be strange to ride with them though. Has to be very quiet but it probably put's him in a zone and maybe helps him focus a little also.

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7/30/2013 12:41 PM

Off direct topic...but I don't see many pro riders wearing mouth guards like Bagget does. Wonder why?

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7/30/2013 1:16 PM

disbanded wrote:

I remember Tomac saying he wore them to protect his ears.

It seemed like they were in there pretty deep. He had to dig pretty hard to get them out.

I guess Tomac doesn't care about his teeth like Baggett does.

Believe the mouthguard reduces likelihood of a concussion.

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7/30/2013 1:20 PM

disbanded wrote:

I remember Tomac saying he wore them to protect his ears.

It seemed like they were in there pretty deep. He had to dig pretty hard to get them out.

I guess Tomac doesn't care about his teeth like Baggett does.

The Rock wrote:

Believe the mouthguard reduces likelihood of a concussion.

Yep. i tried to wear one after I bottomed out my suspension and got a little concussion from my teeth hitting together but I could never get comfortable wearing one.

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7/30/2013 1:45 PM

Reason number 23 4 strokes should be banned.

Hearing Damage.

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7/30/2013 1:53 PM

DrSweden wrote:

Dunno why he's using them, but I have been using them for a decade now, mainly because 100 db will for sure impair hearing, secondly I noticed I felt I could go a bit faster, because the sound made me less prone to twist the throttle, with ear plugs I felt more comfy. I figure the last part wont apply to Tomac though! smile

I find the same thing with the engine sound. When I can't hear the bike at all, I just wring it out and use the clutch instead of the throttle.

My lap times on Sunday were 2 seconds faster on a 2 minute lap with a set of earbuds that seal in my ear playing music. It's a similar effect with a good set of foam-rubber earplugs.

With the earplugs I still feel like I can hear other riders around, but the music drowns everything out.

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7/30/2013 1:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2013 2:00 PM

keyboardjockey750 wrote:

Reason number 23 4 strokes should be banned.

Hearing Damage.

Photo

Perhaps you should update the pipe picture in your avatar... two strokes are great, but banning 4 strokes? You must be high.
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7/30/2013 2:03 PM

Transworld vid and some more info from a thread a few years back about Tomac and ear plugs.

http://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Tomac-loud-4-strokes,1212197

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7/30/2013 2:07 PM

keyboardjockey750 wrote:

Reason number 23 4 strokes should be banned.

Hearing Damage.

jayback42 wrote: Photo

Perhaps you should update the pipe picture in your avatar... two strokes are great, but banning 4 strokes? You must be high.

Maybe he's just a little "special".......

[LINK TO IMAGE]

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7/30/2013 2:15 PM

you can hear your engine better with ear plugs.
plugs eliminate much of the background white noise and let you concentrate on your own motor noise.
try plugs this weekend and thank Tomac.

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7/30/2013 2:19 PM

Because 4jokes are too damn loud!

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7/30/2013 2:35 PM

What?!

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7/30/2013 2:45 PM

I had a buddy who was a Honda Baja guy, and he always rode with ear plugs.

I gave it a shot, and HOLY COW, it just makes the entire experience so much better. For the long rides, it somehow cuts down on rider fatigue. You can hear your own bike so much better, and it creates an overall calming effect.

I like the sound of a good running bike as much as anybody, but it really is a different, and BETTER experience with ear plugs.

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7/30/2013 2:52 PM

Shiftfaced wrote:

I had a buddy who was a Honda Baja guy, and he always rode with ear plugs.

I gave it a shot, and HOLY COW, it just makes the entire experience so much better. For the long rides, it somehow cuts down on rider fatigue. You can hear your own bike so much better, and it creates an overall calming effect.

I like the sound of a good running bike as much as anybody, but it really is a different, and BETTER experience with ear plugs.

Interesting. I'm sold!blink gonna give it a try.

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7/30/2013 3:03 PM

ImTheDude wrote:

you can hear your engine better with ear plugs.
plugs eliminate much of the background white noise and let you concentrate on your own motor noise.
try plugs this weekend and thank Tomac.

bingo...tune into vibration of the scooter too.

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7/30/2013 3:05 PM

I don't wear ear plugs but I'll vouch for the mouthpiece. I rung my bell pretty hard about a year or so ago and I know how I hit my head it would have been a lot worse if I wasn't wearing it.

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7/30/2013 3:20 PM

I plan to try some earplugs at the races this weekend... Never worn any in a race before, only practice.

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7/30/2013 3:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2013 3:29 PM

ImTheDude wrote:

you can hear your engine better with ear plugs.
plugs eliminate much of the background white noise and let you concentrate on your own motor noise.
try plugs this weekend and thank Tomac.

This is believable. I don't buy the hearing loss though.

Many times at work I wear ear plugs where I don't have to because of all the fans and water pumps running. I swear I can understand someone talking to me easier in that environment with plugs in.

I may try this.

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7/30/2013 3:32 PM

I always used them for roadracing so I naturally used them for off road. Its nice because you can actually hear the other bikes and stuff better because it gets rid of all the noise. Plus I did mostly hare scrambles and 2+ hours of a revving bike will really wear on you.

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7/30/2013 3:52 PM

cwtoyota wrote:

I plan to try some earplugs at the races this weekend... Never worn any in a race before, only practice.

You're better off using your iPod and listen to that "Highway to the Danger Zone" song from Top Gun.....I swear to god you'll win.

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7/30/2013 4:10 PM

Wait until you have flown on a long flight with ear plugs. You will never fly again without them.

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"My philosophy is to have a really good time and never to let anything stop me from doing what I want to do.

Michel Petrucciani

7/30/2013 4:20 PM

The volume back in the early days of MX was wayyyyy worse. The first generation CR/RM/YZ's had ear piercing noise. I'm not sure if I've gotten used to the noise or I've lost my hearing but todays four strokes are bearable compared to the 70's.

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7/30/2013 4:31 PM

Last time I rode I slid back on the seat and was under power exiting a corner and it the noise actually hurt my ear. First time it had done that.

That, and I was wearing a new helmet where the pads weren't "muffling" my ears so to speak. I will be wearing them next time I ride.

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7/30/2013 4:41 PM

Is this a real question...

Why does ANYONE wear ear plugs?!?

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Cheers, Crush
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