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The title of this post could just as well have been:

“Say what?”


“Could you repeat that please?”


“I didn’t get that…”

…or you could just cue a blank stare.

I think you know what I’m talking about: hearing loss.

Yes, I went to my share of rock concerts in my misspent youth. Yes, I worked in noisy factories and with noisy power tools back when it was considered effeminate to wear protection. I have also spent many, many hours on a motorcycle with a 100 km/h wind-blast whistling in my ears. In all cases I ended up with a nasty ringing noise in my ears that hasn’t ever completely gone away.

I’ve had my hearing checked and been assured that I can hear well enough that I cannot pretend to not hear my wife (strategically of course), although I do admit to playing the age card occasionally when I really didn’t want to hear something.

The bottom line is to use the items pictured — religiously. Wind noise can be strong enough to cause permanent hearing loss, no matter what kind of helmet you wear. An added bonus is what I like to think of as an instant tune-up. Your bike will seem to be running smoother with the ear plugs in.

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June 17th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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