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Old May 17th, 2010   #1
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Question Earaches While Riding

I currently have an Arai Profile helmet. When riding with or without earplugs I get earaches within an hour. I was wondering if the cheek pad could be putting too much pressure on my facial muscles and causing my discomfort. Anyone else experience this problem? Nothing against Arai helmets I thing they are great this could happen with any brand.
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Old May 17th, 2010   #2
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The Profile has replaceable cheek pads in different sizes, if I remember correctly. Your neighborhood Arai specialist should be able to help. Also, the Profile is Arai's "long oval" (narrow) shape and maybe you should be in a Vector (medium oval) or Quantum ("round oval") lid? There is also a new model, the RFQ (?), but it's even pricier than the Profile and I don't know what shape it has. Cheek pads might do the trick and are relatively cheap.

BTW, I replaced my well-worn Vector with a new Shoei RF1100. After maybe 500 miles, the jury is still out.

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Pressure from cheek pads can cause several painful experiences, including TMJ.
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Other than the earaches if the fit is good try the rounded end of a ball-peen hammer and lightly, lightly tap the offending area. Go light you can always go more next time but you can not back it up if you go to much.
Rubbing a spoon in the area also works if just a very slight adjustment is all that is needed.

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I have had this problem too. What I now do is put a little Inti itch cream on my finger and rubbe it into my ear. It work.

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Thanks for all your replys. I have contacted Arai and they offered to help me diagnose this problem over the phone. I am pretty sure that their liners and pads are interchangeable.
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I get occasional ear pain after hours in the saddle from either ill-fitting foam or musicians's earplugs or from ill-fitting sun glass earpieces. (a different pain location, but pain nevertheless)
Standard size Howard Leight foam plugs are a bit oversized for my undersized right ear canal , but a friend reports that HL Laser LItes solved a similar problem. I have not yet tried them myself.
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I use the EAR roll-up foam earplugs.
I also got custom earplugs.
I tried several sample of the molded plugs but prefer the EAR's to even my custom earplugs.
Glasses certainly can cause a lot of pain.
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I just replaced my Arai 25mm cheekpads with 20mm pads and the difference was significant I am not experiencing earaches anymore
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Thanks for letting us know the solution. I think I'll move this thead to an appropriate place so if others experience the same issue, we can point them to the thread.

If this hadn't worked, I was going to suggest that you have your significant other lightly blow some smoke into your ears. That helped our daughter when she was little.

If that hadn't worked, at least you got your S.O. to blow in your ear. Who knows what that might lead to?

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I just replaced my Arai 25mm cheekpads with 20mm pads and the difference was significant I am not experiencing earaches anymore
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