June 9th 2015 - Posted by Hidden Hearing
TT’s own Steve Parrish is a Hidden Hearing Customer. Steve’s hearing was badly damaged after years as a racer and TV pundit…and now he’s urging everyone to take the necessary steps:
Steve Parrish, superbike and truck racing legend, turned television commentator is on the Isle of Man with the ITV team for this year’s TT races.
When Steve turned professional in 1976, at the age of 22, it was the start of a hugely successful career in racing spanning nearly four decades at the track, whether on a bike, in a truck or in the commentating box! Little did he know that back in the early days when his focus was on going faster, that the exposure to loud engine noise and the buffeting of high speed winds was setting him up for hearing problems in later life.
It was only in the 1990’s, when he started commentating, that he became aware of the importance of protecting his hearing and by that point, he believes that he’d already done the damage.
The loud engine noise can be deafening so anyone in and around a track should wear some form of protection. In fact for riders, over 30mph wind noise creates more damage than engine noise. Even with the best helmets on the market, buffeting wind noise levels are known to reach and exceed 97db at 70mph! Todays’ Health and Safety Executive recommend that in the workplace you should be wearing hearing protection at 80dB. It’s compulsory at 85dB!
“I didn’t look after my ears, and now I’ve paid the price. Often, I’d be on my bike, revving the engine or racing round a circuit not wearing any sort of ear plugs, thinking I’m cool and manly stepping up a gear…but looking back, that was stupid. If you’re exposed to loud noises, please look after your hearing. It’s advice I wish I’d had, as I wouldn’t be in this position now.”
Ignoring your hearing health can result in conditions such as tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss which, in many cases, are permanent and cannot be reversed. If you feel you could benefit from a hearing assessment and interested in knowing more about the range of custom fit hearing protection then Hidden Hearing provide free hearing tests and consultations.
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