I fish in the Brazos River, often. Wade fishing. And airboats pass by frequently. Every single airboat passenger wears hearing protection, and they wear those headsets for a solid reason. Otherwise the noise from the airboat will damage their hearing in short order.
And this is what bugs me - they know they are making so much noise that they must/have to use personal hearing protection, but they sure do not mind exposing anyone else to that same noise. It's one thing for them with their hearing protection head gear, but they don't give a flying f... about anyone else, do they?
Hearing damage is caused by a combination of decibel level and time of exposure. The passengers are exposed to the high decibel noise continually and the people they zoom by are exposed to the same high decibel level noise briefly.
I suppose in some people's minds that makes it okay to do. They think (if they think) that it's okay to expose my ears to their damaging noise briefly?
In my mind even a tiny bit of damage caused by brief exposure is wrong. I don't need any more hearing loss, not even a tiny bit more.
What right do they have to do damage to my body? Even a tiny bit? On a typical fishing trip I'll be in the river for four hours. During that time it is not unusual for up to eight airboats go by, sometimes twice, going and coming.
These people are in the wrong.