can having the sun roof down on a car cause damage to the ears when traveling?

Hello and Good Afternoon Everybody,

           While riding in the car with the sun roof down the other night, I noticed a strange or pressure-like sensation within my inner ears which subsided when I arrived home.  I assume this is somehow tied to the differences within the air pressure within the car and outside while the car is in motion.  Since I am unclear on the exact scientific antecedents or correlates, I certainly acknowledge the vagueness of my explanation.  At any rate, is it possible that the pressure sensation within the inner ears while traveling with the sun roof down can cause physical damage?

            Any shared thoughts to this question will be appreciated.

            Thank you

            George
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
You will have areas of turbulence in a moving vehicle with an open roof. Riding in an old sports car the wind came from behind the head at any speed. Sideways pressure must also occur.
I don't think you would suffer ear damage from riding in a standard car with any combination of windows or roof open. If that was a possibility then I'm certain there would have been complaints and a product recall.
I can confirm that loud noises definitely are to be avoided and have been promised that I will hear this whistling noise for the rest of my life. I mention this to show that I am now very aware of things that may damage my hearing.
Pressure can be found when diving deep when swimming, or flying in aeroplanes. I've never had permanent damage from those, just from loud noise.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I largely agree with the above. When I open my sun roof, there is a lot of turbulence and it impedes my ability to hear. My sun roof open an air foil that pops up to minimize this, but I still get turbulence and some pressure change.

The whole effect is more noticeable at highway speed than around town.

I do not think use of a sun roof will damage your hearing.
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
As already noted just having the sunroof open will not damage your hearing but having the radio on loud enough to be heard over the wind can cause hearing damage
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aburrCommented:
It is highly unlikely to cause damage.
What you are experiencing is a fluctuating change in pressure in the car caused by the air moving over the opening.
It is related to the flapping of a flag in the wind (or on a moving car)
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
I noticed a strange or pressure-like sensation within my inner ears which subsided when I arrived home.

i think it was more related to elevation especially when changing altitude significantly in a short time. you probably had the same experience when landing in a flight.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
I did a bit of research: open sunroof 69 dB. Listening to the car stereo WITH sunroof open: 95-120 dB.

Finally, noise levels over 85 dB will cause gradual hearing loss.

So, if the sunroof is open, I wouldn't turn on the car stereo.

But John Hurst says above (ID: 41251865)
>>I largely agree with the above. When I open my sun roof, there is a lot of turbulence and it impedes my ability to hear. My sun roof open an air foil that pops up to minimize this, but I still get turbulence and some pressure change.
But I couldn't find how much this reduces the noise level in the car.

The best bet is to get (rent) a decibel meter and test your car. You can use an app for your phone, but I don't know how reliable they are.
GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

            Thanks so much for your feedback given in reply to my question.  I found the replies given to be insightful and informative especially with respect to the dB breakdown given by Paul.  Thank you for going that extra mile and posting the results of your research.   Your suggestion for using a decibel meter certainly sounds promising and useful to help monitor home and occupational surroundings for dB readings which could potentially impair hearing over a long period of time.

            George
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