Leisure Hearing Protection from the LAC
There is nothing quite like the freedom and fun of riding a motorbike. However, as any bikers out there will already know, the amount of noise whilst riding can be significant and unpleasant with a long ride.
A study by the University of Southampton found that speeds above 40mph often generated wind noise louder than the bike’s engine. Obviously, factors like a screen, fairing and the quality of the helmet can all play a part in this but the study showed that noise typically rose from around 85dB at 40mph to 106dB at 70mph. At 106dB, the maximum recommended exposure time is only 3 minutes and 45 seconds, before risking damage to hearing and potential tinnitus.
At 125mph the noise level reached 115dB which has a recommended exposure time of around 30 seconds!