Plugged In | Ear Plugs With Jason Anderson

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You’d be surprised how many riders pop in ear plugs before putting on their helmets, including Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson. The 450 rookie and former 250 West Coast SX Champion has used small pieces of industrial foam for years, all to block out the booming sounds of four-stroke engines and save his ears from damage. We’ve tried it a few times over the years, with sounds from around the track were muffled and the revs from our own bikes isolated, but it’s a matter of personal preference for every rider. Since spending a few dollars at Home Depot will practically get you a lifetime supply of ear plugs, it’s worth trying the next time you fire up your engine.

No matter if you end up riding with plugs or not, take our advice on this: wear them when you watch things like pro races. Exposure to chronic loud noise inflicts unrepairable harm to nerves of the inner ear and can result in tinnitus, a constant ringing when no noise is present. Years of standing next to race tracks has taken a toll on our ears and it sucks…