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Ian3320

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Ian3320 says:

Helmet fit vs Wind noise

Hi all,

I am new to biking and to this forum. I wasn't really sure which forum to post this in so have put here and in clothing!

I'm after some advice please?!

I passed my test in November 2011 and quickly bought a bike (half faired Honda Hornet 600 and later onto a half faired Gen II Fazer 1000).
I always wore ear plugs from the word go. However I quickly started to suffer from really bad tinnitus and head aches. I never really noticed excessive noise when on the bike but it kicked in really bad shortly after getting home after a ride.
It got to the point where it was keeping me up at night and making me irritable all the time etc.
I tried everything I could think of - squidy ear plugs, custom made ear plugs, wind jammer for my helmet, experimented with removing the screen on my Fazer, but nothing seemed to make much of a difference.
I even went to a specialist ENT doctor. They conducted several tests but concluded there was nothing else medically wrong with me.
It got to the point where I gave up biking and sold the bikes in August 2012.

Lately Ive been really missing it and looked more closely at my helmet (HJC CL-ST). I pretty sure it is too big.
So finally I get to the question! Would buying a decently quiet helmet like a schuberth and possibly more importantly, a helmet that fits properly, significantly reduce wind noise?
I would be very grateful for your thoughts and experience (especially from those who have ridden with an ill fitting helmet and then changed to one that fits properly!).
Many thanks,
Ian

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

Ive

never worn earplugs,i'm quite looking forward to the peace and quiet when Ive gone deaf.....  my Shoei has always been for me a great lid....   but each to there own..:smile

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

Ian

just one more thing

Make sure you put the helmet on the right way round:winkie:

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preunit

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preunit says:

Defo

man made :biggrin:

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weasel64

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weasel64 says:

some guys

have all the luck ay ???

Defo

man made :biggrin:

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oscarthegrouch

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Read this link

tinitus nhs website

hope this helps

 

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mostlyslowly

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mostlyslowly says:

I have a carbon HJC

which despite fitting well, is noisier than my previous suomy. conventional ear plugs, or custom made don' t make much difference. bought some auritech ones with an inbuilt filer at bike show (19.95) which only filter out excessive noise. can hear bike, surrounding traffic. . . and conversation off the bike. brilliant! shoei Qwest supposed to be a good quiet lid. less spoilers, vents etc equals less noise

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ninjachica

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ninjachica says:

Each to his own

It really is a case of finding a helmet that fits your head shape.

I don't get much noise through my Shoei, even though it's getting on a bit now.  I can hear the bike, but there is no whistling through the vents or visor.  Must have it all adjusted right eh?!!

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oscarthegrouch

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Well

I'm hearing impaired  at 34 due to working in heavy industries ... but tinitus i have only suffered once ... it was like an alarm going off constantly  and te only way i could drown it out was with music on headphones very loud and eventually

it stopped .... thank fuck :biggrin:

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

I think

your question has been well and truly answered in depth:smile

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Ian3320

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Ian3320 says:

Thanks

Thanks for all the responses. I was hoping everyone was gonna shout 'OF COURSE THE HELMET BEING TOO BIG IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM YOU MUPPET!":lol: Sounds  like changing the lid may have limited effect. I guess I've just got girly sensetive ears!:blink:

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