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Old 06-05-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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Presbycusis- Never thought about it, but maybe riding makes it worse?

I was diagnosed with this genetic hearing loss about ten years ago. I have watched tv and movies with the captions for a LONG time. In the past year I've noticed that the ringing is getting worse- almost daily - mostly in my left ear. Anybody else have anthing like this, and do wearing earplugs help your hearing? The Dr. at the time said there was nothing I could do about it; that my hearing would just fade.

Just looking for opinions- not medical advice (thanks, anyway). Anybody know what decibels the bikes run around?


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Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is a progressive loss of the ability to hear high frequencies, which occurs as people get older. The primary symptom is problems understanding speech, especially in the presence of background noise.

It is unknown whether a specific cause, such as long-term exposure to excessive noise, contributes to age-related hearing loss. However, it appears to be a genetic condition, as it tends to occur in families.

The number of nerve cells in the middle ear may begin to decline as early as age 30 or 40, although hearing loss rarely becomes noticeable before age 55. However, hearing loss is not necessarily an inevitable part of aging. Many people in their 80s do not have hearing loss.
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I was diagnosed with this genetic hearing loss about ten years ago. I have watched tv and movies with the captions for a LONG time. In the past year I've noticed that the ringing is getting worse- almost daily - mostly in my left ear. Anybody else have anthing like this, and do wearing earplugs help your hearing? The Dr. at the time said there was nothing I could do about it; that my hearing would just fade.

Just looking for opinions- not medical advice (thanks, anyway). Anybody know what decibels the bikes run around?
Really depends on the bike - I wear earplugs almost all the time when I ride. My bike has a stock muffler and it not too bad but some guys are running close to no muffler and are painfully loud.

Wear hearing protection all the time. As you age and expose yourself to loud noises its only going to get worse...

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http://www.bikernet.com/news/PageViewer.asp?PageID=902

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The motorcycles we tested and their results follow:

2003 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic, 1,400cc with mild modifications and a full Screamin’ Eagle 2-into-1 exhaust system.
100 decibels at idle
108 decibels at cruising throttle
116 decibels fully revved
86 decibels by Federal standards


2004 1200 cc Sportster with full aftermarket Samson 2- into-1 exhaust system.
100 decibles at idle
108 decibels at moderate rpms
120 decibels fully revved
87 decibels by Federal standards


Custom 1956 Harley-Davidson, 1488 cc, with custom 2- into-2 exhaust system with modified shorty mufflers.
102 decibels at idle
111 decibels at cruising speeds
124 decibels revved
92 decibels by Federal standards


2007 Softail Custom 1,500 cc, original from the factory
97 decibels at idle
102 decibels at cruising speed
111 decibels revved
82 decibels by Federal Standards


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Old 06-05-2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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Wear ear plugs. I lost the hearing in my left ear and after riding for hours on end my right ear starts to ring.

Oh yeah and sometimes it seems like when all is quiet and you have constant ringing in your ear. And I mean constantly in my left ear...sometimes louder sometimes not so loud but ever present.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:05 PM   #4
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Haha you told me the TV volume was broken, it probably worked you just couldn't hear it.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #6
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Haha you told me the TV volume was broken, it probably worked you just couldn't hear it.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #7
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i would worry more about wind noise at highway speeds, that can be well over 100db which is more than enough to cause hearing loss.

When i took the physical exam for HFD they tested my hearing, and had a questionnaire regarding what all loud types of noises I had been exposed to. The list included gunshots, loud concerts, power tools and motorcycles...all regarded as things that can cause hearing loss over time. After being told I had high frequency hearing loss, more notably in my left ear, the RN who was testing me stated that wind noise is probably one of the single largest causes of hearing loss he knows of, motorcycle riding being one way you are exposed, but even more so riding around with the driver side window down.

Anyway earplugs are you friend.
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My left ear is ringing like crazy right now but I am pretty sure I have tinnitus. Too much loud music in my youth. I wear earplugs all the time on the bike, sometimes I have the Zune, but it is cranked up to drown out the bike and wind, so that is likely worse than no protection at all. I just learned to mostly ignore the ringing and know there is nothing that can be done for it at this time. I did read something about botoxing the eardrum to reduce the ringing but it sounds a little too weird. I usually try to keep some other noise going to lessen the intensity of the ringing.

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Old 06-05-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
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Dang, sorry 2 hear that....I had a lot of ear problems as a child...docs wanted to put tubes in my ears since they produced excessive wax, always got infections... weak inner ear, constant ringing....as I got older and stronger... my body grew out of it... I've ruptured both ear drums multiple times... skiing and fighting... but yeah, exercising helps me for some reason..... id wear ear plugs if I were u... I used to carry them with me as a kid for about 8 years
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:27 PM   #10
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HEY OLD LADY

My cousin got sever hypercusis (sp?) from a hunting rifle accident when he was 14. No real signs of it until he hit about 33. He then got on a loud loud stand up jet ski after a weekend riding his R1100s and after the ride he had bad ringing. Fast forward three years, he wear ear plugs all the time, has to leave all loud areas, can't ride bikes at all cause of the wind noise. Can't jetski, enjoy concerts...

My wife has a genetic deterioration of the nerves to her ears, called Meniere's disease broadly, and she has to read lips and can't hear low tones, not even bass from a 500 watt amp from 10 feet. She just feels the vibration. Loud noises make it flame up and get worse if she gets hit with a really loud sound like a kid screaming in her ear or when she screams when we do it....ugh....other loud noises.

My $.02, If you have symptoms, do what you can to avoid making any losses (old injury, genetic, old age related...) worse by neglect and abuse.
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The voices in my head are usually louder... the scotch quiets both...

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Old 06-06-2009, 08:45 AM   #13
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I have diagnosed tinnitus. Lots of loud music, cars, motorcycles, guns and airplanes over the years helped contribute. I hear ringing all the time and hear far better out of one ear than the other.

I used to race with a guy who I flew with on occasion, and one day we were talking of ringing ears. He told me how his dad had tinnitus from farm equipment, so he was trying every way to abate it. I never heard of the condition, but it prompted me to go to the doctor and get a diagnosis. Woo-hoo! I have it...of course.

I wear hearing protection everywhere I can, but not enough. For instance, I don't wear ear plugs in my helmet when I ride/race.
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i wear ear plugs with a loud bike. I also wear ear plugs when I go to concerts. when I was in the music business I picked up that habit from the other techs.
would ear plugs help with a degenerative disease?
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:48 AM   #15
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Not the engine noise as much as the wind noise for sure. I don't ride without ear plugs or foam type in the ear phones for the MP3
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I find wearing earplugs while riding makes me feel more relaxed.
I have a little training in loud noise vs. hearing, since I work at the airport and psychologists say that loud noise causes stress, so I guess that's why.
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would ear plugs help with a degenerative disease?
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