Very old post, I know. Though wanted to add for those who wear German Helmets or half helmets where you're ears are exposed as opposed to a full face helmet, ear protection is needed to protect your ears from the wind noise.
Yes the wind noise can damage your hearing when wearing a 1/2 Helmet or German Helmet. It can get so over whelming even only going 50 mph. I started wearing regular ear plugs at first and it helped out alot with the wind noise being blocked, was able to ride like I do with my full face helmet but wanted to listened to some tunes off my smartphone.
So I went out and invested in a good pair of $100 Bose ear buds. I can easily ear my music up to about 75 mph before wind noise drowns it out. Though the ear buds stop the bad wind noise and can travel over 90 mph no problem.
Now I know there are older devices out there like Ipods and smartphones which do not offer loud volume output to clearly allow you to listen to music over your engine and wind noise. My Droid Razr Maxx has better then average music volume output then previous smartphones and basic cell phones. Though you just don't plug a cheap pair of $20 ear buds into it and think it will sound good. Shelling out $100 for the Bose ear phones was a good choice as music sounds really clear with lows, mid's, and high's. Also if I wear my neoprene face mask over the ear buds I'm able to easily ride over 90 mph and hear the music clearly, however when it is not winter I wear a face mask that is made of lighter material all through the Spring- Fall and make sure it is fairly tight over the ear buds to keep sound in and wind noise down.
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