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You're not going to add 5-6 mph to your average speed in a month.theyoungconnoisseur wrote:Thoughts?
Might be worth seeing a doctor if it's actually causing that much pain.
Other alternatives might be a buff over your ears or some of those spock like wind deflectors on your helmet straps.
https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Ears-Classic ... B00SVYU1J2
Actual ear pain hasn't been an issue for me, but I've certainly found wind noise to be annoying and make it difficult to converse with riding companions. Additionally, there have been studies on the wind noise generated in a convertible car with the top down, or a motorcycle, and the db level is not just annoying, but gets into a range that could cause long term hearing damage. Not sure how the lower bicycling speeds affect the db, but it is worth being cautious if you're getting discomfort.
I've found different helmets to dramatically affect noise. In general, a model with fewer and more streamlined vents will have less noise, such as some of the newer aero models. Also models which have the straps emanate from the interior edge of the helmet will generate less noise as the strap will lay flat against your skin rather than "slicing" the air right in front of your ear, as models with straps that sit off the skin will.
Not that I suggest riding without a helmet, but you could do a controlled run with/without your helmet on a quiet road to see how much noise is helmet generated and how much is simply the wind blowing over your ears. Even better, do the same thing, but use your helmet in stock form, and then try again but with the straps taped to your skin and then with various vents taped over. Helmet visors can make noise too, and I even had a helmet with little threaded fittings for a visor/camera mount and the empty threaded holes would make a hell of a whistle until I taped them over.
Between the deflectors for ear noise, and a possible helmet modification/swap, you should be able to make a huge improvement. If you're still getting pain, see a doctor about those ears.
If you're really serious about this then have some otoplastics made with a specific filter (so you don't block _all_ sounds).
I rode without a helmet on, same thing, the foam is the same level of db and frequency reduction as the wireless earbuds with no music. w music its still too much noise. very distracting as well as painful after only 15miles.
I imagine my hearing has gotten more sensitive since I last bicycled a few years ago. Its a real problem now. I shoot a lot of guns (handgun comp) and I run foams under the muffs and I can run 500rds of .45 without any problems. or shoot 50rds of 338LM off my concrete side patio in a day with no problems. its the wind whirling whoosh frequency thats the worst.
Will try something on tuesday if weather holds. thinking a headband over the earbuds, will at least change/create some sort of turbulent air around my ears and do something.
its so distracting, just as bad as your pup coming over and licking you while your doing sit-ups or someone making you laugh when doing pull-ups.
http://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearin ... /erme.html
I'd suggest starting with changing your sunglasses or wearing your cycling sunglasses during your commute to work to see if it reoccurs.
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