Riding A Motorcycle and Your Hearing Health
Riding a motorcycle is one of the many different means of transportation for many Americans. Although it may save you money on fuel, it can negatively affect your hearing health.
An article published by the National Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) discusses concerns about riders being exposed to the “turbulent airflow around the helmet” known as wind-noise. Various studies have been done placing a microphone under the helmet, close to the ear to measure sound levels. The results showed an increased level of noise around the helmet (about 90 dB(A) at 60 km/h which is loud enough to cause hearing damage.
If you use a motorcycle as a means of transportation on a regular basis, you may suffer from hearing loss. It is important to visit a local audiologist, such as Dr. Joseph Duran, to receive a hearing evaluation that will determine the level of hearing loss. Early treatment will improve your quality of life.