Thx Vintage dude for the response. I also have tinnitus, but it's mainly caused from being a musician/drummer my younger days
I must say you're a very lucky man to not need glasses by 63 (I was 16 in 1979)
I'm not sure which fort Nine video you're referencing. Would you mind sharing the link?
I started out back in 1975 at age 16 wearing open face helmets (what most call 3/4 helmets) with snap on face shields. The shields were flat off the helmet, and had 5 snaps. A few years later I met a former rider who had crashed while wearing such a helmet. I immediately switched to full face helmets, which I thought would be really awkward, but I got used to them very quickly, and loved the extra wind protection, as well as knowing that chin bar was there if I did crash and landed on my face. I've had tinnitus (ringing in my ears) from a fairly young age, and also wear earplugs. I'm not claustrophobic, and so far, at age 63, don't need glasses. I use a tinted face shield. I rarely ever ride at night, but my current helmet makes it super easy to change face shields without tools. I have tried on sunglasses with my current helmet, an HJC CL-17, and they fit ok. Besides the CL-17 that I am currently wearing, I have three more brand new ones exactly like it still in the box in the closet. I don't expect to ever need to buy another helmet.
I saw that Fortnine video. Some of his stuff I agree with, some I don't. I have to disagree with that one. Most riders that wear actual helmets (I don't mean the worthless beanies that outlaw types wear in helmet law states) wear full face helmets. Roadracers wear full face helmets. I have never noticed any difference when wearing a full face helmet. I get plenty of air flow through my helmet, extreme wind noise is why I wear ear plugs. I've been riding and reading motorcycle magazines for 46+ years, and that is the first time I've ever heard anything like that. If it were true, it would have almost certainly showed up decades ago. It has also been said that your reaction time gets worse with age. For me it seems to be the exact opposite. Perhaps that is because I have learned to actively look for things to react to BEFORE they happen.
As far as the price of a helmet, my helmet cost around $150, and the other three cost less than that, because that model was being discontinued and I got them on sale. Is my head worth more than $150? I certainly think so. But I also think that it's worth a lot more than $2000. There is no helmet at any price that is worth as much as your head. A $2000 helmet does not provide 13 times as much protection as a $2000 helmet. On average, you are about 15 times more likely to be killed while riding a scooter or motorcycle in traffic than you are in a car. If you find that unacceptable, maybe it's better to not ride at all. Everybody has to decide for themselves how much risk is too much.