Motorcyclists suffer big hearing loss

Jordan Imrie endorses earplugs to avoid hearing loss

One in six people is affected by hearing loss from exposure to prolonged loud noises and it is expected to be higher among motorcycle riders.

While a vacuum cleaner emits about 65 decibels and causes no hearing loss, listening to headphone music is about 94dB and after one hour can cause hearing loss.

However, riders can experience prolonged noise levels of more than 100dB which is about the same as being in a nightclub.

It’s not actually exhaust or engine noise that causes the biggest problem, but wind noise, according to the American Industrial Paramedic Services. The turbulence generated at high speeds can reach 103dB.

In Australia, about four million people have hearing loss, in the UK it’s 10 million and in the US, some 48 million have some form of hearing loss.

While hearing loss is a part of the natural ageing process, it is increased by prolonged exposure to excessive noise and riders are more than likely to experience greater hearing losses in their senior years.

That’s why riders should have some form of hearing protection whenever they ride on long trips.

Alpine MotoSafe earplugs - motorcycle songs
Alpine MotoSafe earplugs

We recommend Earmold earplugs which are individually shaped to your ear for a comfortable and complete fit to block noise.

There are heaps of other earplugs out there as well, some with special filters and features such as Alpine MotoSafe.

But any earplug is better than no earplugs.

Online retailer Allearplugs.com has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the damage that can be caused by excessive exposure to loud noise, following a successful campaign with endorsement from several rock music performers.

Now they have endorsement from three AMA motorcycle racers, Corey Alexander, Melissa Paris and Jordan Imrie who says he has won four AMA Championships at Daytona wearing earplugs.

Jordan Imrie endorses earplugs to avoid hearing loss
Jordan Imrie endorses earplugs

Corey says he can’t ride on or off the track without ear plugs. “When I find a comfortable pair that works well it really makes my riding experience that much better, plus it keeps my ears safe. Also, when I’m on the track it’s really important to be able to focus solely on the road ahead and not having tons of wind noise makes a world of difference.”

Melissa, who in 2013 earned her season-best 10th place finish in the Daytona 200, says the noise-reduction effect of earplugs helps her focus and concentrate better when racing.

5 Comments

    1. Hi Johnny,
      Strange you should show me this, because I have just butchered an old set of closed headphones to use for just such an application.
      It didn’t work too well because they are a bit lumpy, but these look excellent.
      I’ve contacted them for more info and a possible review.
      Not sure if they do the muffs separately to the helmet.
      It is DOT approved and could only be worn in Queensland.
      Do you have a set? How are they?
      Cheers,
      Mark

  1. I’ve worn earplugs when riding and when I was instructing in light aircraft since my early twenties. Much of that time motorcycles were my only form of transport and even now my bike is my primary form of transport. When using machinery I wear earplugs and earmuffs together and now, at nearly 57, still have excellent hearing. I have found that the custom earplugs do not seal as well as the expanding foam type, so buy I buy those in bulk; they are too expensive to buy in individual pairs. The custom earplugs fit fine when they are first inserted, but it just takes a little wiggle of the ear or some other facial movement to break the seal. On the odd occasion I forget to put earplugs back in after stopping, I don’t get far before I have to stop and put them in, as the wind noise is unbearably uncomfortable. Cutting out the wind noise actually makes it easier to distinguish traffic noises as well. When flying without a headset (as we did when instructing many years ago), I could hear and understand the radio better with earplugs than without.

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