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Old 11-23-17, 12:55 PM
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Another hazard for cyclists-noise levels

This may or may not apply to other cities, but in Toronto a study has found that noise levels on the street and on subway platforms are so high they may pose a risk to hearing.

There is a special caution to cyclists.

"Cycling in particular was singled out as the most potentially damaging to hearing, exposing people to larger amounts of dangerous noise than any other way of getting around, with 14 per cent of measurements exceeding recommended levels."

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/toronto-commute-noise-damage-1.4414767
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Old 11-23-17, 01:03 PM
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"Even earbuds that you use to listen to music can be used as ear protectors," said Lin.

Check it out, safety people, my earbuds are good for me!!
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Old 11-23-17, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
"Even earbuds that you use to listen to music can be used as ear protectors," said Lin.

Check it out, safety people, my earbuds are good for me!!
Yes, but don't try to listen to music with them. I tried it once and had to crank the volume up full- bad idea.
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Old 11-23-17, 01:39 PM
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Move. It's Quiet here.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Move. It's Quiet here.
Same here. I can hear bikes coming up behind me.
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Old 11-23-17, 02:03 PM
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I do alot of riding along a 4lane highway. I wear an earplug in the traffic-side ear.

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Old 11-23-17, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Move. It's Quiet here.
Wind noise is enough to be a problem. https://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.go...ss-in-cyclists

So move and go slow.
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Haven't read the actual study yet (can't find the full text), but I have to say that interpreting measurements of noise from either sound level meters or recording dosimeters to determine risk to hearing is a very complex endeavour. All noise measurements are integrated over time so how you measure affects the number you get. Integrating a source measurement over 8 milliseconds will give you a much higher noise reading than integrating over 25 milliseconds. Dosimetry is especially complicated because results are affected by the set up parameters. Throwing out high numbers and waving the "risky" flag is what news folks do and this results in skewed or misinformed perceptions. It's also what researchers do to seed the grant money clouds.

If anyone has a link to the actual publication, please post.
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Old 11-23-17, 06:57 PM
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Yeah ... the birds and sheep can get a bit noisy at times where I live.
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I wish noise pollution was checked along with smog emissions. There are definite outliers, like Harleys (always modified and technically illegal), street racers, garbage trucks. But only the Hogs are actually painful. But I rarely have that sensation, what do you call it, where hearing is temporarily diminished.
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Old 11-24-17, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
Wind noise is enough to be a problem. https://www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.go...ss-in-cyclists

So move and go slow.
Or wear plugs. Or use products like CatEars.
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Old 11-24-17, 09:08 PM
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