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Save your hearing when motorcycle riding
November 13, 2017
Great info for great riding
Protect your hearing…ride safer, longer, more comfortablyWhen I first started riding motorcycles, I didn’t wear a helmet. The law didn’t require head protection.
I rode all over the place without headgear. I took a bunch of multi-day trips that included lots of continual highspeed riding.
I experienced -- big time -- the overrated and overstated “thrill” of the wind blowing through my hair.
I also experienced the not so thrilling sting of bugs hitting my face and the uncomfortable roar of the wind rushing past my ears…a debilitating noise that continued for hours in my head after I’d parked my motorcycle for the day.
I finally got a helmet…
After a year or two of helmetless riding, I received for my birthday a three-quarter-coverage helmet equipped with a face shield.
Immediately the bugs stopped peppering my face and the wind stopped roaring past my ears. I could actually hear people talking to me after hours of high speed riding.
I took my hearing protection to another level when I started wearing the same low tech, low cost ear plugs when riding that I used at the rifle range.
When riding, I can hear everything that’s important such as vehicles approaching alongside or from behind, horns, sirens, even voices.
Studies show how noise impacts us…
Studies show that people working in excessively noisy environments feel fatigued sooner than those in quieter settings.
They also show that noise fatigue can cause drowsiness, irritability and diminished decision-making ability.
Research with airplane mechanics not only conﬁrmed the negative effects of excessive noise on people, it found that these effects are cumulative.
The mechanics felt progressively sleepier and less energetic day after day.
As those symptoms increased so did their reaction times. And we all know that having sharp reaction times are a crucial element of safe motorcycle riding -- especially when you’re covering roughly 80 feet per second at a sedate 55 miles per hour.
Riding quieter helps you ride longer…
Another thing…multi-day touring riders typically cover the most miles during the ﬁrst days of a trip. Their ability to maintain high daily mileage decreases every day due to “creeping” body fatigue.
Ear plugs will help keep excessive wind noise from wearing you down during long rides so you can ride longer and more comfortably.
Basic ear protection rated to reduce sound by at least 26 decibels will dramatically reduce if not eliminate the wind noise that can cause us riders to experience hearing damage, noise fatigue and diminished reaction times.
You have lots of earplugs to choose from. Try a few to zero-in on a design and material that works and feels best for you.
This simple product can make the difference between: “I can you now” and “I can’t hear anything.”
My thanks to Joe Beige, Safety Officer of the Harley Owners Group’s Long Island Chapter, for his permission to use information appearing in his “Riding on the Safe Side” column of the chapter’s newsletter.
Bell helmet sale…up to 50 percent off…
Bell’s product range includes a helmet for every type of rider out there. And the quality and comfort of these helmets places them among the best.
A few of these helmets are on sale for as much as 50 percent off.
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