Earmould Audio Plugs 1:
I spent the money, got a special
fitting and tried Earmold Audio Earplugs out on a
trip to Alice Springs and back! But did
Let me start at the start. I’ve been looking
for an audio system to use on motorbike trips for ages. I check
out all the ads in the mags and probably just like you,
wonder: Which systems WORK? And will they work for
After reading a recent editorial in Two Wheels,
editor Jeremy Bowdler mentioned he had used the Earmold
Earlpugs with the audio system. He seemed pretty happy with
them. And as an aside this started a barrage of
feedback about which was the best motorcycling songs to tootle
around listening to. Whats yours? Hit the comment link
So, after tossing coins for over a year about
which way to go and what system suited me best, I jumped right
in and booked a fitting with Ray Mack the Australian
distributor of Earmold who luckily enough lives in Adelaide.
Ray is a really nice guy and looked after me really well.
You see I had a bad experience with Earmold
Earplugs before. Three times in fact (maybe I’m just SLOW).
Once a hearing aid guy made me some by injecting silicone into
my ear and “custom making” some plain ear plugs. They fell out
as soon as I tried to put a helmet on!
So I tried again at a gunshop in Morphett St
and after paying the dough and getting home and fitting a
helmet they fell out!
By now I must sound as thick as a brick because
I backed up again at another gun shop in Magill Road and after
two goes they fell out every time I tried to put a helmet on.
This crapped me off because they seemed so much better than the
safety yellow and pink foam earplugs which I had used for
years. They just wouldn’t work for me.
They fitted great without a helmet, but that
wasn’t the point.
So I was a bit wary of Ray and his version. Ray
told me he had fitted thousands and apologised about the past
experiences. Ray went on to say there was a special way to
mould them so as to stay in your ear when pulling a motorbike
helmet onto your noggin, and sounded like he knew what he was
A small piece of foam is inserted nice and deep
into the ear and you pick which colour silicone you want
injected inside. I chose flouro green and theres a ton of
colours to choose from. Ray then injects the mixture with a
syringe and lets it set a bit. The foam thingy has a piece of
string on it so it comes out easy. As does the set silicone. It
gets a couple of layers of laquer to fatten it up and make it
fit snugger then the holes are drilled for the audio tubes.
The audio system has a convetional 3.5mm plug
which fits most sound systems. The wires from this travel up to
a junction box where the sound is converted to play sound
inside the hollow tubes which come out the other side of the
junction box. These hollow tubes have some spiral sections to
aviod the plugs pulling out if pulled suddenly, and fit right
through the moulded earplugs to the edge of the plug deep
within the ear.
They fitted superb and YES they stayed in even
when fitting a very tight BMW Sport Integral Helmet. This
helmet has a very tight entry orrifice. The music quality
played from my minidisc was sentational. So far so good. I
handed over $200.00 and felt very pleased with myself.
I gave them a demo on a quick trip to Hawker SA
on Wilma the Wideglide and with the Harley exhasut note (loud)
they were reasonably quiet and after a bit of fiddling with the
tube placement they seemed acceptable. I thought the upcoming
trip to Alice Springs would test them out proper. And it
In this Audio Review Andy
How the Earmold fitted under the
How to route the wiring/tubing
to eliminate problem noise?
What the problem noise is and how
it compromised the whole exercise of audio on the
How they rated?
There’s a lot you need to know about these
earplugs if your interested in them and you should know how
they faired on the Alice trip. If you want to know more? Simply
hit the play button and check out the photos while you listen.
It will make way more sense to you than me one finger typing a
To play the audio simply click the
Link to Earmould Review
Tell me what you think!
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Hi Andy, I to have a set of wires (as do many of my
made by Ray in Adelaide about 3 years
and found that if you bring them down the front of your
neck pulling them
firmly but not to tightly into your jacket this stops noise
the tube. I had gone through 4 sets of normal ear bud
about $80 each and have only ever had 1 set of earmold
speakers in 3 years
so I reckon they are great value for money ( I paid $199 3
years a go ).
I do hear a slight tapping every now and then but as for
comfort on long
rides I can’t fault them. You did say you paid for 3 sets
of plugs that
didn’t work ? and you also ride a Harley ? go figureI
Just returned from another 3,500 k trip and tried to use
the audio earmold plugs with my new Garmin Zumo 550 GPS.
And they were hopeless. I tried putting the cables down the
front, the back, inside my clothes, under the jacket only,
I gave them a pretty good crack. And they worked acceptably
if there was no wind (rare) and under 90 k’s an hour
(rare). I’ve tried them with two different helmets and
results are the same. Any sort of wind noise onto/into the
helmet is amplified through the audio tubes. I have figured
though that if you had an efficient windscreen or very
clear air from perhaps a naked bike and minimised wind
noise/turbulance over the helmet then you would minimise
noise through the tubes. I ride a R1200GS (as well as the
Harley)and the screens not bad but wind noise is unbearable
with the audio plugs in. 99 cent ones work fine. Am still
experimenting because I figured someone must get a good run
out these things. There have been tons and tons of them
sold. I would love to get them bearable because the sound
quality is superb, and will keep trying. The stall at the
Grand Prix selling Earmold plugs was doing a roaring trade
all weekend. I didn’t see any audio sets get sold but man
they made some dough with the plain ones.
When made professionally not like the three sets I
bought, the plain Earmold would work fine even with the old
Harley, I mean 99cent ones work a treat. You could really
see the difference let alone feel it between the 3 other
sets I had made and Rays efforts. His fitted great and
don’t fall out when fitting your helmet on (big plus on a
bike) if worst comes to worst and I can’t get the audio
happening I’ll silicone up the tube holes and use those.
They will block out the noise on any bike.
Lesson from this is make sure your Earmold fitters know
about motorcycle needs, not shooters needs.Really
appreciate your comments Midj and wonder what sort of
bike/screen? setup you use while getting acceptable wind
noise from the plugs? I gott get these working! But it’s
gonna piss me off if I’ve gotta spend another grand on a
new screen to do it.Thanks Again
Hi Andy, I ride a 07 Suzuki Boulevard with no screen
with custom pipes. A use a HJC full face helmet, try
the tubes over the top and around the back of your ears
bringing it down next to your jaw bone.
Thanks Midj, With so many of these setups out there I
know they must work for some. I am starting to get a strong
feeling it has a lot to do with turbulance and the effect
that has on helmet noise. You see when I stand up even
reasonably fast and get well above the Beemer windscreen
the clear air is wonderfully quiet. This translates to less
noise through the tubes as well and got me
thinking……………..What if the screen was bigger? Well I ducked
down behind the screen and although not as quiet it
The fact you have had a great run and have no screen
certainly makes me wonder if I’m on the right track here.
As much as I have tried to review this product accurately (
and it is from my experience) I am going to do an update
and confirm my original podcast is my experience and
depending on what bike you ride, screen or no screen and
type of helmet is going to affect your individual
experience with this product.
It’s one of the frustrating things about motorcycle
gear, you never know whether it will actually do what you
wanted until you have used it for awhile. And by the time
you work it out, it’s used and can’t be returned. Scuba
diving is exactly the same by the way. Once again thanks
for your comments and I’m sure this thread of comments will
also help any intending purchasers. The whole point of this
I guess the guts of this is that if you have any
turbulance or wind noise it will probably be magnified. If
you have clear air then that’s how it will remain. You are
very right in your original routing instructions and care
should be taken to do exactly as you say to get the best
results. I will definetely try routing the cable the new
way you mentioned, haven’t tried that one.
The other issue is personal preference. I have friends
who have very loud Harleys who travel usually quite fast
over a long day in the saddle and NEVER wear ear plugs.
Personally I couldn’t stand it but they don’t worry about
it. I am very noise conscious. If it doesn;t worry you,
like my mates, then probably most of my comments are
irrelevant and your expectations will be met.
Wow didn’t expect to write so much then, got a bit
carried away. Thanks Midj for your interest.
P.S. Just remembered another mate who has had the same
experience as me with the audio plugs also has a