Current law prohibits motorcycle operators or vehicle drivers from wearing earphones or earplugs in both ears. But motorcyclists complain that wind and road noise can damage their hearing over the long haul.
State Rep. Riordan McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, sponsor of the bill, said in written testimony that the legislation would allow riders a choice about whether to wear earplugs to protect their hearing. “House bill 548 is about freedom. Freedom involves choices and this is precisely what this bill allows,” he said.