Saturday, January 8, 2011
St Louis University says top down driving may damage your hearing
We know that driving with the top down induces wind roar and much ruffling of hair but now we have conclusive evidence that the wind roar can actually damage our eardrums.
Studies by AA Mikulec et al found that the noise level at 88.5km.h to be 85.3dB and increases to 89.9 at 120km/h.
They conclude that driving a convertible at speeds faster than 88.5km/h for prolonged periods would mean subjecting our ears to noise level beyond the recommended limit
The abstract of the study can be found below, if you are feeling particularly academic, click on the link to find the full research paper