To be honest I found that at Silverstone its not actually that loud. I mean its loud but its not like painfully loud. (Bare in mind that your not standing next to them, in fact your quite far back – where are you sitting/standing?)
Standard ear phones worked ok for me, but I want something that blocks the sound out better so I can still hear the commentary when a pack of cars blasts past.
I was at Silverstone this year at woodcote. As the others have said, its not actually massively noisy – it is loud of course, and ear plugs should be worn, but last year I had one ear plug in and the other was listening to my kangaroo TV and that was fine.
If you haven’t thought about it, a Kangaroo Tv is a great idea too – especially if you want to watch the support races!
It is very important that your 7 year old son wears ear defenders (And a wide range of colourful options are availible for kids too!) therefore its probably sensible that the whole family ear plugs up if only to set a good example.
I did see a lot of people not wearing ear plugs, but its a lot higher pitched that you’d expect. I could cope fine without them and Im a bit of a musician so I have to look after my ears as Im in a loud environment a lot.
Take a good pair of ear phones and some ear plugs and you should be fine. Im contemplating taking cans (big headphones) next time I go.