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Jan 13

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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,

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