The silent killer is deadly (wind noise). I find that it is best to put on ear plugs even with a helmet. I feel much more refreshed once coming to a stop for a break. I get headaches usually from long distance riding with out them. even with the most expensive helmet there will always be wind noise.Use hearing protection. I do when I ride longer distances. It cuts down on fatique and can protect against tinnitis and hearing loss from the noise. I have found that I can hear the engine well enough and other cars/trucks and even a conversation when the engine is off. Good hearing protection will only attenuate the sound not make you totally deaf. Example of not wearing hearing protection is my brother, he rode for decades in Houston with a helmet and no hearing protection now her has hearing loss from it. No helmet, out there is very good at noise levels.
The silent killer is deadly (wind noise). I find that it is best to put on ear plugs even with a helmet. I feel much more refreshed once coming to a stop for a break. I get headaches usually from long distance riding with out them. even with the most expensive helmet there will always be wind noise.
Helmets don't really provide hearing protection and can aggravate some wind noise. Talk to your audiologist about what would work in your situation. Riding for shorter periods of time can help. Let your ears "rest" a bit every now and then. I only use plugs when riding for more than a few miles at a time.Hummm!
I have trouble wearing ear plugs. I've got a malfunctioning eustachian tube on my right side, and the one on the left side ain't exactly normal. I have to constantly hold my nose and blow and swallow hard, chew gum, etc. to keep from having problems such as holes in my ear drums, cholestetomas, etc. Plugging my ears aggravates this problem, but I don't want to go deaf either.
What about a good helmet that protects hearing? But I don't read this in the features of helmets.
Thanks for the tip. I've been going strictly on the product marketing and consumer reviews, but most consumers just make generalizations about the noise level.gregsfc, you might want to explore the helmet reviews on webBikeWorld. They have the most extensive reviews you'll find anywhere.
webBikeWorld will give you info like the helmet shape, weight, noise, features, etc. It's worth looking up.
I highly recommend the AIRHAWK R cushion (not the regular one, but the "R" version). It fits the CTX perfectly, installs easily in about 5 minutes on top of the stock seat, and for me its made a HUGE difference. I used to have to stop and take a break after about 30-40 minutes on the 2015 stock seat - with the airhawk R I can go for a couple of hours no problem - actually I have yet to go on a ride where I felt I needed to stop because of the seat since the airhawk. So far max 2 hours but I feel I could have gone longer.My wife just went on a long trip for the first time with her CTX. Her butt was sore after a few hundred miles. Looking into a different seat with more cushion.