Motorcycle riders are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing after just 15 minutes of riding at 62 mph, seven minutes at 74 mph or three minutes at 87 mph, Visor Down reports.
A study carried out by Germany’s automobile association, ADAC, shows that riding a motorbike at 62 mph typically generates a wind noise of 95 decibels, which can permanently damage hearing after a quarter of an hour.
At 74 mph, the wind noise can be expected to reach 98 decibels, which is harmful after just seven minutes of exposure. And riding at 87 mph can cause damage after just three minutes.
Motorcyclists who regularly ride at highway speeds without earplugs are at risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which can occur when exposed to long or repeated sounds 85 decibels or above. Prolonged exposure can result in tinnitus, a form of permanent ringing in the ears.
Earplug manufacturer Auritech has drawn attention to these shocking figures and issued a warning of the dangers of not wearing earplugs.
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