It’s important to protect your hearing from damaging wind and road noise with earplugs.
One in six people is affected by hearing loss from exposure to prolonged loud noises and it is higher among motorcycle riders.
That is because 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 which is why all racers wear some form of hearing protection.
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.