Why wearing helmets while riding motorcycles can lead to hearing loss

There are 2 comments on the AndhraNews story from Jul 30, 2011, titled Why wearing helmets while riding motorcycles can lead to hearing loss. In it, AndhraNews reports that:

It had earlier been indicated that motorcycle helmets, while protecting bikers' brains, may also contribute to hearing loss, but why this happens was unknown, until now.

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Woodstock, GA

#1 Jul 30, 2011
I have been wearing a helmet each time I ride. In fact, I won't sit on my bike without one. However, my ears began to ring caused by the buffering and wind noise.
I went to a audiologist. She is a biker. She told me that wind noise with out a helmet will do as much damage as wearing one.
She suggested a pair of ear plugs that allow sound to come through, but not more than 67db. That is a safe level. I got a pair ($100), and now wear them each time I ride. The ringing in my ears has decreased a lot. However, if I ride without those plugs the ringing returns to the same level it was before the plugs.
These plugs allow my music from in helmet speakers, and I can hear vehicles, horns, sirens, people talking, etc. I highly recommend getting a pair.

Since: Aug 11

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 4, 2011
How this is possible? How can it lead to hearing loss?


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