Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Oceanside, California, USA
You should always be using ear plugs every time you ride. The accumulative wind noise will damage your hearing, but with the ear plugs you can still hear everything but the wind, however at a much more comfortable level.
As a side effect you will not feel the fatigue nearly as much using the ear plugs either, that constant drumming of the wind will wear you down much faster.
Different ear plugs work better for each person due the different shaped and sized ear canals we all have, so try a variety of different plugs until you find the type that are most comfortable for you.
Personally I get lazy and don't wear them most of the time for short hops around town, but I should. Certainly if I take a spin on the freeway without them I can tell for a few hours afterwards both in fatigue and the remaining ear strain I continue to feel.
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