Noise in Motorsport

Measurements taken by the Occupational Health and Safety Authorities show that at a speed of only 80 km/h the sound level under the helmet is over 90 decibels. Safe levels are 85 decibels and under. 

Speed has a significant effect on the sound level the driver or rider is exposed to. For each 18 km/h increase in speed, the intensity of the sound is doubled, and therefore the safe exposure time is halved.

This means that at just over 100 km/h the driver or rider is exposed to approximately the same level as a circular saw operator who would not be allowed, by law, to operate the equipment without the mandatory use of hearing protection.

Using the government noise regulation figures implemented for the workplace, the safe exposure time relative to riding a motorcycle or racing in an open-topped car at certain speeds are as follows:

Speed (kmh)Noise Level Safe Riding TimeWith 15db Protection
80913 hours 64 hours 
102 94 1 hour 32 hours 
120 97 30 minutes 16 hours
138 10015 minutes 8 hours
158 103 7.5 minutes   4 hours 
1771063.75 minutes  2 hours 

ll of the noise levels indicated above exceed the point at which hearing protection MUST be worn in a working environment.Go to our Safe Exposure Times Calculator to see what our Custom Earplugs can do for you. 

Safe exposure time

Noise induced hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. Adequate protection of the hearing mechanism in the form of ear plugs is as important as the use of a helmet and protective clothing.

Conventional foam and wax earplugs can be a solution but are often uncomfortable to wear and isolate the user from their surroundings too much. Alternatively if not inserted properly they provide little or no protection.

Custom made hearing protection provides an individual and unique fit for the user allowing guaranteed levels of protection and comfort. Plus with our ACS Pro Series, you will be ensured of clear communication while being protected at the same time.

Check out our Motorsports Section for suggestions, specification sheets and product information.