Hearos Ear Plugs
Hearos Ear Plugs Review
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
We've said it many
times and we'll say it again: the noise
generated when riding a motorcycle is hazardous to your
health. It doesn't matter whether you're wearing a
full-face or half helmet, riding behind a fairing or as
The noise can and does cause hearing
loss. I can tell you from personal experience that
hearing loss is not fun. Not to mention suffering
from tinnitus for the rest of your life...
Visit the webBikeWorld
Review Index page and you'll find several review
articles on various types of earplugs. I always
wear properly fitted earplugs, and I've tried many
Several years ago, I settled on
the Moldex Pura-fit 6800 (32 NRR) as my favorite
earplug. They're soft, they have a high level of
noise attenuation, and they feel more comfortable to me
than any other brand I've tried so far.
The only thing that's
still a problem is that the Pura-fit 6800's are slightly
too small for the diameter of my right ear canal, which
for some reason is bigger than my left.
inserting the earplug backwards, because only the big
end will completely seal my ear. I've been on a
search for an earplug that will work as good as the Pura-fit
6800's, but will allow me to insert them normally.
The Hearos brand is
well-known to motorcyclists, and they can be found in
many motorcycle shops. The problem is that they
are relatively expensive for what they are; that is,
they don't seem much different than other brands of
similar style earplugs, but I've never been able to find
them at a discounted price. Nevertheless, I
purchased a pack of Super Hearos (32 NRR) and Extreme
Hearos (33 NRR) to try.
photo below compares the Moldex Pura-fit 6800 (green
earplug on the left) to the Super Hearo (middle) and
Extreme Hearo (right). The Extreme Hearo is
noticeably larger in diameter (13mm vs. 11mm at the
large end) than the other two, and
they do seem to fit my larger sized right ear canal when
They have a "rubbery" feel to
them, not as "foamy" as the Pura-fit 6800's.
They're a bit harder to roll up to the small diameter
necessary to fit into the ear, but once inserted,
they're very comfortable and seem to really seal out the
noise. I'd have to say that they're probably about
the quietest earplugs I've tried.
The Super Hearos have a
slightly different feel, a bit less "rubbery" but not as
"foamy" feeling as the Pura-fit 6800's, and more dense.
I don't really notice any difference between the Pura-fit
6800 and the Super Hearo in terms of performance, but
the Super Hearo seems like it has slightly less form
after it's rolled up, making it a bit harder to insert,
and it takes longer to expand to fit my ear canal, so I
prefer the Pura-fit 6800's.
The problem is the price.
I can occasionally find a bulk pack of 200 pair of
Pura-fit 6800 earplugs for $22.00 or so if I'm lucky.
I haven't been able to find Hearos in any type of bulk
container, and $5.49 for 7 pair is way too expensive for
the number of earplugs that I go through. I'll
admit to not using a new pair every time I ride, but I
rarely use them more than 2-3 times. I go through
boxes of 100 pair in what seems like no time at all.
It's too bad really, because
I'd probably settle on the Extreme Hearos as my favorite
earplug. If you're new to wearing earplugs, the
Hearos are worth a try, because they're soft,
comfortable and effective, and you can usually find them in your local
Hearos and Extreme Hearos Earplugs
Retail Price: Super Hearos - $4.99/8 pair pack.
Extreme Hearos - $5.49/7 pair pack. Both include
- tan. Extreme - blue.
Comments: Both types are comfortable. The
Extreme Hearo is larger in diameter than the Super Hearo,
and it has the potential of doing a better job of sealing
the ear canal. Extreme Hearos are probably the
best performing earplugs I've tried (i.e., quieter), but
they're relatively expensive and I can't find them in bulk.
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From "M.P.": "About the earplugs, I use the
Hearos regular, light blue at 29dB. The 32dB seem to block out too
much noise and make me feel slightly disoriented, like I've got a
I can usually find them at any drug store chain for
around $5 or $6 for a pack of 14 pairs, which is great when I
inevitably drop my last pair in a puddle of oil at the gas station. They also make a Junior size, which is perfect for my petite
girlfriend. No more chopping down the regular ones with a pocket
From "G.D.M.": "I was looking for earplugs and
came across your site. I suffer from chronic insomnia so your
site helped a lot with figuring out what would be the best plug.
I have settled on the Moldex 6800. I had bought a variety pack
of earplugs from the ear plug store online and tried both the Hearos
brand, Moldex and others.
You mentioned if anyone could find a
better deal on the Hearos to let you know. Well I emailed the
earplugstore.com and they managed to get a quantity discount of
sorts - "Save big on our economy bulk pack with 10 20-pair bulk
packs." It is STILL is pretty expensive but if these work for
some people and they need them that is a significant saving."
"Picked them up at Walgreen's for $4.39, including the
little storage case. Like you, one of my ear canals is
larger than other. Couldn't find a tight fit until these.
Thanks! Best solution is probably custom made plugs ($75)
on which I am now waiting."
Thanks for sending your comments, G.S.!