If you experience tinnitus the first person to talk to is your GP.
Ear Protection for Rally Driver
Noise exposure during motorsport is an unseen and therefore sometimes overlooked problem. Prolonged exposure in high decibel sound level can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus which is ringing in your ears.
Drivers are exposed to engine noise (70dB), exhaust noise (98dB), wind noise and co-pilot shouting directions (60dB-90dB).
Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Constant exposure to the loudness level of rally driving causes damage to the inner ear hair cells especially those responsible for high frequency hearing. Noise induced hearing loss is permanent and measures should be made to reduce the occurance of it.
Tips for keeping healthy ears while rally driving
- Be aware of the problems of noise exposure sooner rather than later
- Look into gettin a good fitting helmet, some can be expensive but will be a worthwhile investment in protecting not just your ears but your head too.
- Purchasing ear plugs, custom made ones especially
When driving a loud vehicle or working on one, it's always important to protect your ears. Using ear plugs will help protect your ear, there are many great options on the internet. These can fit underneath helmets and head gear and are easy to take in and out.