Suzi Perry warns bikers to protect their hearing

Published: 12:05PM Jul 4th, 2011
By: Web Editor

TV PRESENTER Suzi Perry, the face of premier motorcycle racing series MotoGP, has revealed that her love of motorcycling has resulted in long-term damage to her hearing.

Suzi Perry warns bikers to protect their hearing

Perry has teamed up with Specsavers Hearing Centres to warn the UK’s 1.3 million1 motorcycle enthusiasts about the importance of regular hearing tests and the availability of instant fit and custom made hearing protection.

Research by Specsavers found that almost 40% of motorcyclists have experienced ringing in their ears after a long bike ride and one in four have suffered permanent damage.

Despite these statistics, only 27% of motorcyclists consider hearing protection essential. The research also revealed that bikers spend on average, £600 on protective clothing per year but have never paid for hearing protection, which costs around £100.  

Perry, says: ‘It’s quite simple really… hearing loss when you regularly ride your bike is gradual, so you either protect your hearing now or, like me, pay the consequences with hearing loss later on.

‘Regardless of wearing a helmet, your hearing can still be damaged by the wind and engine noise, so I am urging all bikers to get their hearing checked now and buy some protection. It is just as important as your leathers or boots. Else before you know it, you’ll be hearing ringing in your ears or turning the TV up to maximum volume.’

Specsavers hearing aid audiologist, Simon Wright, MSHAA director Specsavers Hearcare says: ‘Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL is the UK's second most common type of hearing loss and the damage is irreversible. Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible, as wind and engine noise can exceed 110 decibels. In general anything over 85 decibels can harm your hearing.

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