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Transportation and hearing ambient sound

2013-07-18 23:10:46.915508+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Ride On finds that cyclists with ear buds can hear better than drivers with the radio on. They test both with a sound meter and artificial ear setup, and...

What was startling, however, was what could be heard from the car with its stereo on at what was perceived as a moderate level; (69dB). Our driver was unable to hear our tester, stationed 10 metres away, calling out “Passing”, or the bike bell. Without the car stereo on it was just possible to hear the call and bell; it registered at a similar level to having the in-ear headphones in.

Via I Bike Toronto: A cyclist with iPod hears better than a motorist driving.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-19 00:58:51.474902+00 by: ebradway

I'm always amazed at how much more I hear in the environment when I drive my Miata with the top down. I am a lot more away. Not as much as when I'm on a bike, but that's sort of the idea.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-19 01:47:27.049534+00 by: battjt

Every spring I'm amazed at how much I smell, both in the Miata and on the bike. I don't know that it keeps me any safer though.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-19 15:19:40.887476+00 by: Dan Lyke

At least you know when you're approaching a dead skunk in the road...

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-19 18:15:27.17224+00 by: meuon

I get a lot of funny looks from passengers when I instinctively lower my window (some or all) in a lot of situations. I'd never thought about it until now, I just "do it".