Jason Weisberger at 2:52 pm Mon, Jun 2, 2014
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I've found these Etymotic ER20 ear plugs to greatly reduce wind noise when riding my motorcycle, under a full face helmet.
You are presuming that the ear plugs reduce awareness. If the purpose is to reduce wind noise they may actually make it easier to hear emergency-related sounds such as horns or sirens by attenuating the wind noise. Additionally, using appropriate noise attenuation reduces noise fatigue in the short term and permanent hearing loss in the long term. So, appropriate noise attenuation is actually in the interests of safety.
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