Motor and wind noise are damaging for the hearing. From a speed of 100 km per hour a motorcyclist is exposed to noise that exceeds 90 decibel. The law prescribes a hearing protection when the noise is above 85 decibel. Regular noise above 80 decibels will irrevocably lead to hearing damage. Wind noise is a big problem for motorcyclists. It not only leads to hearing damage, but also to a weaker concentration. According to several helmet tests not one helmet offers sufficient hearing protection.
Drive without hearing protection
|Speed||Wind noise under helmet||Max. time without risk of hearing damage|
|62 mph||94 dB||15 minutes|
|75 mph||98 dB||7 minutes|
|87 mph||102 dB||3 minutes|
|100 mph||106 dB||90 seconds|