I won't wear them if I'm just going for a quick trip around town, but I do wear them any other time that I ride, even if it's just a 15 minute ride up my favorite twisties and back.
I know a couple of people have talked about the fatigue factor, this may be related, but what about concentration? I feel like I concentrate better on my riding without all that wind noise distracting me.
Originally posted by r1srfun Nope. My Shoei cuts wind noise down to reasonable level.
Not arguing but you are wrong and it is a common misconception that the helmet reduces the level enough. I wear a Shoei and do feel it is about the best there is but it does not reduce the levels below a point where damage will be done... over time.
Smeghead and Paul have given the best explanations on this subject. A judgement on the 85db level is if you are talking face to face with someone and you have to raise your voice at all or to are noticeble having to concentrate to hear then you are probably above 85db. It doesn't take much sound increase to put you well over 115db. The decibel scale is not linear.
Typically, if you aren't exposed to the high noises(below 115db though) for over 30 minutes then the damage will be temporary.
The use of earplugs does not reduce your ability to react to your surroundings, as stated it enhances the awareness. I get this argument too damn often in my business.
I'm with Smeg on this! Besides...its pretty tough to hear anything besides the windblast at highway speeds. Earplugs will preserve your hearing in the long run, eliminate the ambient noise from windblast, and allow you to say..."What Officer, I can't hear you!!!"
They also come in handy around the house..."What Honey, I can't hear you!!!"
I do not tend to wear them for rides around town where you are at slower speeds though...