A Quietly Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet
Riding a motorcycle is a very noisy endeavor, even if you are wearing earplugs, because the wind noise can damage your hearing quickly and permanently, and hearing loss is irreversible. Look for a solution? Choose the best full face motorcycle helmet that can keep your ears quiet.
- The Important Role of Hearing Protection
When it comes to motorcyclist education and injury prevention, there are so many attention that has been paid to motorcycle safety by the governments, motorcycle industries, and media. Sadly, the issue of hearing loss among riders is rarely discussed. One reason is that motorcyclists sometimes make passing remark about ear fatigue after a long riding day.
According to a report, wind noise inside motorcycle helmets can reach 115 dB and more at highway speeds. And noise level in excess of 85 dB can cause damage to your hearing (80 dB for motorcyclists). Those without helmet can experience sound level 10 times greater than those with, which results in potential hearing loss within 30 minutes.
In terms of hearing loss, there is one thing worth to keep in mind about NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss) – it is either preventable, or permanent. Once the hearing is gone, it is gone forever. And the article is to find out the noise threshold which allows riders to take the long ridings they enjoy and still be able to talk to their friends and loved ones when they get home.
- Motorcycle Helmets and Sound Levels
There is no getting around the reality that motorcycling can create high loud sounds, and the object is about whether a helmet is noisy or quiet.
What Makes a Helmet Quiet
The helmet’s aerodynamics; the air vents; the visor; the liner design material, shape and thickness, and other features all contribute to the volume and frequency of helmet noise.
How to Make a Helmet Quiet
Choose a helmet with a shape that allows the air to reconnect smoothly behind it, and eliminate such trouble spots disrupting the wind flow as huge external vents, gap in the visor seal, or air being caught under the chinstrap… Next time you ride, try placing a finger up around the space that the helmet meets your neck under your ear and see whether or not it can reduce the noise. You can also consider adjusting the screws that mount the visor base plate to get a perfect fit, or getting a neck roll in order to seal the space between the helmet (padding) and the head/neck.
The Neck Roll
With most conventional helmets cause the air buffeting up under the neck area and directing towards the lower parts of the helmets. This increases noise level, especially in cold weather when it may decrease your body temperature and make you feel uncomfortable.
The aerodynamics is a helmet issue that has recently got more attention from helmet producers. They offered neoprene socks that fit snuggle around the bottom of the motorcycle helmets, and thus lowering ambient noise levels since the product can eliminate drafts and seal helmets off from the wind. The neoprene is very soft, so it should not bother even the most sensitive faces.
Another interesting point is that the cushion is not designed to be used with full-face motorcycle helmets, but it can be used fittingly with flip-up lids for the same effect. So it’s worth to try one if you really find wind noise annoying.
But keep in mind that correct helmet fit and sizing should be crucial. Even the quietest helmet in the world would not be so if it did not fit correctly. The lid must perfectly fit the rider’s head shape and profile, particularly around the neck area.