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post #1 of 96 Old 08-04-2012, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Helmets and...ear plugs?

I ordered a new helmet today, got the Nolan N104. Kinda pricey but they're a reputable manufacturer and it has features that I'm sure I'll like. I always wear a helmet so I want something that will be comfortable. Anyway, while doing my homework, I read a review that said (paraphrasing) "you should always wear earplugs when wearing a helmet or you could suffer permanent hearing damage". Do what!? Really? I can see how a noisy helmet at sustained high speed might do that, but really? Even with a helmet on I'd rather have the benefit of what hearing I had left (due to the helmet being on) than render myself functionally deaf w/ earplugs. Thoughts, feedback?

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I frequently wear disposible earplugs while riding and I always wear a full face helmet. I can actually hear what is going on around me better with earplugs in. They cut down the noise level of the wind, but I can hear most things better, just at a little lower volume. This is especially true while riding on the interstate.

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If the wind noise is loud enough, I'd think you'd be doing more damage not using plugs. I'm guessing the answer lies with that damn windscreen we have to deal with.
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My ears still ring with a full face helmet and ear plugs. Wind noise is LOUD.

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Ditto that. I MAY not wear them if I am making a short (15 minute) low speed trip but I try to always have them in if I am getting on the highway or going to be riding more than a few minutes. I wear them EVERY day when I commute (an hour each way).

I also can hear a lot better with them in because they cut down on the snap, crackle, and popping of the wind. I can hear my bike better most of the time too - which is good in case it starts making any odd noises.

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I frequently wear disposible earplugs while riding and I always wear a full face helmet. I can actually hear what is going on around me better with earplugs in. They cut down the noise level of the wind, but I can hear most things better, just at a little lower volume. This is especially true while riding on the interstate.
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Unhappy Ringing ears.

I rode 220 highway miles today and my ears are ringing. I will have earplugs next time.
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It's a basic. I always wear hearing protection when doing highway speeds for more than a few minutes. It does allow easier hearing of important stuff like passing vehicles and sirens and it protects hearing. People here who have not protected their hearing report having various degrees of tinnitus. If you don't want your ears ringing constantly, wear hearing protection, helmet or not. Wind noise damages hearing in either case.

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Good thread then, I never did but will now. Too late on the tinnitus for me, but it is something you get used to. If I could turn back time...
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Hearing damage is cumulative. One ride without earplugs won't do noticable damage, but it definitely adds up and it's not reversible. As others have noted, blocking the wind noise with earplugs does make it easier to hear other sounds.

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Golden Monkey hit it on the head or ear bone! when shooting guns, working around loud equipment, rock concerts,flying private airplanes, noisy bikes and your helmet while riding all that noise is slowly but most certainly wreaking havoc on your ears.
When your young and dumb nothing matters but the moment but when you get older all those moments start to wear on you.
Ear plugs can be very comfortable and easy to get used to. They also block out the a-hole in the next tent snoring at a rally. But if you don't use ear plugs eventually you won't hear stuff like that anyway!
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