Motorcyclists are at risk of deafness. This is due to the noise levels which are present when riding a motorcycle in traffic. Even if there are no heavy lorries or Ferraris passing by creating engine noise there can be a din loud enough to make you deaf. The rush of wind past your helmet can create enough noise to cause noise induced deafness.
A good pair of molded earplugs for motorcyclists is enough to prevent hearing loss. ZenPlugs are ideal for use under motorcycle helmets because they do not protrude from the ears and so stay in. Some plugs which do you protrude, such as foam types are pulled out of your ears when you put your helmet on and off.
ZenPlugs are also antibacterial. Ears can become hot and sweaty under your helmet on a hot day and so infections are more likely. The antibacterial properties of Steritouch means that they help to prevent horrible ear infections.
Helmets may offer a small amount of protection against traffic noise. Generally they are designed to prevent damage to your head from the road, rather than hearing damage. They often make the situation worse by creating wind noise. This is why it is important to also wear a good pair of earplugs.
Noise induced hearing loss causes tinnitus as well as deafness. This is humming, ringing or buzzing in the ears from damage to the hearing structures. It can be very irritating and for some people it is enough to lead to depression, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Sometimes masking devices such as white noise machines can help by covering up the sound and enabling people to get some rest.
To start with, the problem may be temporary. It is common for people to experience a loud noise and have brief ringing in the ears which passes after a few minutes or hours. Unfortunately after repeated episodes of damage may become permanent.
Make sure you take precautions to avoid this by wearing a pair of moulded earplugs for motorcyclists.