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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle riding can damage your hearing

I'm posting this in the New Riders forum because I wish I'd seen it last year. I'm 55 and I had mild tinnitus (ringing in the ears) before I got back into riding last year after a 30+ year hiatus. I bought a VN900, found this forum, and began learning a lot about motorcycling. I'm sure I came across ear protection topics but did not give it much thought. Well, about early Fall I realized my ear were ringing a lot more. It kind of snuck up on me because sometimes my ears would ring more than other times... I was use to that. But, they were ringing more and louder. Over the Winter I fully realized what had happened. Wind noise. It can damage your hearing and once the damage is done there's no cure, no going back. You're going to hear that ringing forever. I've made my peace with it but I'd pay about anything to fix it.

So, this year I started wearing ear plugs, the little cheap foam ones. I tried a few other styles but these work best. At first I thought I might not be able to do it and may have to give up the bike. But, after the third time I rode with them, I realized 20 minutes in that I hadn't even thought about them. Then I realized how much more relaxed I was. So, now I'm hooked. I went for a quick ride tonight so thought I'd skip them, wasn't going to go too fast. Wow... now I miss them when not there.

Anyway, New Riders looking at the New Rider forum, if you don't know about this or think it's not an issue, I encourage you to think again. Learn about it. Forever's a long time.
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I can hear a slight ringing right now.
Earlier today I could hear the cicadas in the trees.
Last year I couldn't have told the difference.

Wear earplugs every trip and there's hope it will get better.

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While wearing plugs is never a bad thing, always wearing a quality full-face helmet nearly negates the necessity to wear ear plugs, in addition to saving your ugly mug should you end up face down on the asphalt.

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Wearing ear protection will also reduce fatigue on long rides. I really don't like ear plugs but I wear them anytime I go any distance.
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I can hear a slight ringing right now.
Earlier today I could hear the cicadas in the trees.
Last year I couldn't have told the difference.

Wear earplugs every trip and there's hope it will get better.

Scott
Glad to hear you have gotten better. I hope I can report the same next year.
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While wearing plugs is never a bad thing, always wearing a quality full-face helmet nearly negates the necessity to wear ear plugs, in addition to saving your ugly mug should you end up face down on the asphalt.
I got this helmet last year when I started riding and always wear it. Noise level is mid-range per the reviews. I wear glasses and can't get a regular full-face helmet on over them but the modular works well. I've considered better modular that is quieter but haven't come across one for a reasonable price that looked much better for noise. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

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A couple hundred thousand rounds through a machine gun, helicopter rides, explosions, having both eardrums ruptured three separate times, loud as hell heavy metal in my younger "party going" days...

I don't even worry about it too much anymore, about the only thing I can really count on hearing is the ringing.

By the way guys, there are eardrops and oral supplements in the pharmacy sections of the freakshow (walmart) that supposedly relieve tinnitus. Don't bother. If you're at that point already, you're screwed.

Something most of us never took notice of in our younger days: our bodies are the only ones we'll ever get. Oh, you may get lucky with a heart or lung transplant, sure. Kidney, liver too.

But there is so much crap we do to our bodies without fully comprehending the consequences. Smoking (guilty) leads to heart disease, emphysema, COPD, cancer... drinking leads to liver failure, sclerosis, obesity, dead brain cells... loud shit leads to hearing loss. Unhealthy eating leads to more health problems than anyone can list.

While many injuries are repairable, many more are not. Hearing loss is one. Obesity is almost impossible to completely conquer once you enter that realm (ask Oprah). lung cancer, survive it, then let's talk about how good you feel every day.

We gotta take care of ourselves, gents. I'm trying to raise a good kid, but I look at the rest of my generation, and others of my son's generation, and ya know what? The whole world's screwed if we don't stick around to beat some sense into these dimwits.
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It can also cause death, paralysis, broken bones, scars, brain damage, lost limbs, etc, etc, etc.

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A couple hundred thousand rounds through a machine gun, helicopter rides, explosions, having both eardrums ruptured three separate times, loud as hell heavy metal in my younger "party going" days...
Do I live with you? You sound like a guy that I live with! LOL!

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Do I live with you? You sound like a guy that I live with! LOL!
Lol, nah man, but I've had some good times!

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