I have aerobars on my roadbike and love them. However, installing aerobars on a roadbike comes with a whole number of issues. Firstly, because a roadbike isn't designed to have you leaning forward in an aero position, the bike gets very twitchy - the first couple of sessions with aerobars is always hair-raising! Also, there's a distinct "where are the gears/brakes??" feeling when you're in the bars, not to mention the lack of precise steering! I never use my aerobars in the city and even through country roads I'll make sure there's a decent shoulder or there's not a lot of traffic. You DEFINITELY won't be able to use them in a group ride also.
When I put on my aerobars I went back to my bike fitter to get them installed. What was supposed to be a straightforward process turned out to be anything but that as we ended up playing with saddle position and handlebar angle to get a position that works both for road and Triathlon/TT riding. There's no way I'd do that myself, thank you very much!
To directly answer your question, yes, aerobars will help with the finger numbness. However, I'd try a few other things first. It's always a good idea to change hand position every 15-20 minutes or so. I shake out my hands to relieve any tingles and make sure I do stuff with my hands on the bike - drink water bottles, gels, etc. Also, check your fit. I find I get hand numbness when I'm too stretched out or if my saddle is slightly downward - this leads to increased hand pressure as more weight is on your hands rather than the seat.
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