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Lovers of cruising down the highway in a convertible with the top down risk serious hearing damage, according to a British study.
Driving a convertible with the top down gives many a rush of wind through their hair and a sense of freedom, but they may also suffer serious hearing damage, according to a study conducted by the Worchestershire Royal Hospital in England.
The study measured the noise exposure to a single driver driving seven different convertibles with the windows lowered and the top down at 50, 60, and 70 miles per hour.
“The maximum noise was at 70 miles per hour, and that was 89 dB. It has the potential for causing long-term hearing loss,” stated Philip Michael, an ear-nose-throat surgeon and the study’s lead author.
The study also examined the noise exposure with the windows raised and the top down when the cars were driven at 70 miles per hour. “If you have the top down and put the windows up, it drops the average noise level to 84 dB,” said Philip Michael.

About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at

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