i posted this a few minutes ago on the jockey journal, and am reposting here. it's reworded somewhat, and it applies here, too. i thought that there was a similar thread a year or two ago, but can't find it. anyway, regardless of what age you are please consider using ear plugs when driving your roadster or building a hot rod. i started using them about 15 years ago (i'm 61 now), but by then i had already lost a good percentage of my hearing. the doctors told me then that i needed hearing aids, but i just wouldn't give in and get them. i finally relented and started wearing hearing aids last week. i sure wish i had prevented the loss instead of having hearing aids now. in my life i've lost hearing due to some combination of: loud hot rods riding motorcycles lawn mowing chainsawing woodworking metalworking rock-n-roll music etc. etc. i suggest you use hearing protection when doing any of the above or anything else that makes a lot of noise. if you're too vain to wear earplugs, what are you going to do when you need hearing aids? they sure ain't very cool looking either. i wear a half helmet when riding and the wind is my greatest bugaboo. my scoot is fairly loud but the wind is louder. i buy the foam plugs in boxes of 100 or more; use them 'til they quit staying small when squeezed (at least for a few seconds); then get out another pair. moral of the story: it would be better to keep your hearing than to wish later that you had done so. b-t-w; i'll be posting the same thing on the garage journal. now we return you to your regularly scheduled programing.