Nobody likes to share medical issues, but it just feels like there is not enough precaution about this to new riders online or in the moto community.
I researched different bikes/forums. Read different articles. Looked at sticky posts. Took a motorcycle safety course. Bought all the "necessary" safety gear. Talked to many experienced riders and the MSF instructors. Everyone says ATGT. I took all precautions to be safe and avoid any kind of physical injury, especially the permanent kind. I even bought a dual-sport DR650 because I know I will go too fast on a superbike.
Then I find out about ear protection, wind noise, and tinnitus after I start getting sustained faint ringing in my ears a month into my first ride. Maybe some people have more sensitive hearing and are more susceptible to this and others are not, so it only affects a smaller percentage. A nurse who is from a motorcycle family tells me that her mom had to quit riding before it's so bad and she also doesn't do it anymore. Others that I went back to and ask now mention "oh yeah I use ear plugs".
What gives? Why is it not part of the "Gear" aspect of ATGT? Is it just the price to play? Am I missing something?
Update: A comprehensive and good link on the topic & solutions for those that find this thread => http://www.webbikeworld.com/Earplugs/earplugs.htm
Keywords: Ringing in ear, ear plugs, hearing loss, protection, safety gear, riding gear, wind noise