Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Putting on a Full Face Helmet over Earphones
I have a Shoei X-Eleven helmet. I also have two sets of earphones (ER-4P's and Shure SE530's) with custom-molded fittings. I bought the SE530's for air travel. The custom molded fittings provide a superb seal. When my brother gave me the ER-4P's I got custom fittings made for them, too. The custom fittings were done by an audiologist, who sent the molds back to Sensaphonics. Both ER and Shure specifically recommend Sensaphonics.
The problem is that I cannot pull my helmet over either pair of earphones. They stick out too far. If I try to force the helmet on, it hurts a lot, and the earphones are forcibly pulled out of my ears as the helmet goes on. The ER-4P's are pulled out of their silicon fittings, too.
There is no way to put the earphones in after the helmet is on. The helmet is too snug for that. I can't reach in there through the face shield area, or from underneath.
Just for giggles, I also tried the original ear buds that came with my iPod. They stay on after I put the helmet on, but don't seal out the wind noise from the helmet. It doesn't make sense to damage my hearing even more, by cranking up the volume higher on the buds to overcome the wind noise. The whole point is to seal out or at least attenuate the wind noise.
I like the Shoei helmets for their high safety values, comfort, and excellent ventilation, but I use foam earplugs to seal out the wind noise, which seems to come from the vent intakes, whether or not they are open or closed.
Do you have any suggestions, other than buying a different helmet?