Buffeting, Helmets and hearing loss
Let me get right to the point. I wear earplugs, I have a full face helmet, madstad windshield bracket (adjusted to least noise), rick's mirror extenders and a windjammer helmet skirt.....and I get off a 1 hour ride with a head ache and ringing ears. The ringing ears is now permanent.
I purchased a grab bag of earplugs and so far the best have been the 3m classic so I am purchasing a pack of 200 pairs.
But the earplugs and the helmet together I think is what is causing part of my problem. I think the helmet is in direct contact with the earplugs while I am riding and making the problem worse.
The helmet is a HJC LT-12. I think it might be too small and has none of the newer anti-buffeting gizmos on it.
So I have been shopping around for a new lid. I really wanted the Aria XD3 but the mention of greater noise (over other models) has put me off. But I tried the Arai Vector which seems to fit me perfectly and I have heard it is a quiet lid. (btw, is the vector and the XD3 sized the same?)
The question to you fine folks is, will this new helmet help deal with (or calm down) the buffeting that I get at highway speeds?
Also, anyone else witha 3/4 length jacket that seems to channel the wind directly up and into the bottom of the helmet?
Perhaps I should just be looking at a large touring screen for the bike.
Any suggestions are welcome!