Motorcycle Hearing Protection
When you hit the road on your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, you can be sure of a few things: you’ll experience a freedom you can’t get anywhere else, you’ll see the road in a way you simply can’t see with an enclosed vehicle, and it’s going to be loud. Okay, maybe that last one was a bit out of left field, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Riding a motorcycle is a loud activity, sometimes excessively so, and you’ll need to take some steps to protect your hearing.
Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson has provided some tips for doing just this, along with other important information on preventing hearing loss while riding. Brush up on your facts and then stop by our location in Tulsa with any additional questions you might have.
What’s the Big Deal?
If you’ve already got some riding experience, you probably don’t need to be told just how loud the entire situation is. If you’re new to the world of motorcycles, keep in mind that the noise is about more than just the engine. Of course, motorcycle engines are loud, but actually, one of the more damaging sources of excess noise is wind. At 85 decibels, you’re exposed to irreparable hearing damage. Riding at 40 mph can reach about 90 decibels, between the bike and the wind.
On top of that, there’s traffic to consider and the sounds that come from the general environment around you. Your helmet isn’t enough to protect your hearing, and in fact, the reverberations that occur within your helmet can actually make matters worse. This is why hearing protection is so important.
The trick to finding the right kind of hearing protection is to find something that protects you from hearing loss that will still be comfortable to wear while you ride. The most common–and cheapest–option is the kind of foam earplugs you find at grocery stores. This is the same type of hearing protection you’ll see construction workers wearing, so you know they work. They can also be one of the more comfortable options, as they won’t press into your ear as much when you put your helmet on.
There are also wax or rubber balls that offer a more malleable quality. This can make them more customizable and comfortable for you in particular. Keep in mind they can start to feel a little greasy on hot days.
Finally, you can spend the extra money and get custom-fitted earplugs. These are specifically molded to give you the best protection from hearing loss, plus they’ll last a lot longer than the other options. Because of this, they can be a worthy investment for some riders.
Picking the Right One
Of course, the bottom line is still finding something that will provide you with plenty of protection while also being comfortable to wear. This may require a little experimentation. Try out a couple of options on the next few rides you go on. The right earplug will stay comfortably in your ear and shouldn’t start to hurt the longer you have your helmet on. If you find this is the case, then you might need to look for a different kind of earplug, or a different size. Eventually, you should be able to find something that gives you the perfect blend of features you need.
Before you can think about protecting your hearing from motorcycle riding, you’ll need the motorcycle itself! Stop by Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson and we’ll show you what we have available right now, including our selection of motorcycle gear. We proudly serve Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, and Glenpool, as well as the rest of Oklahoma.