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Surf Ears


SurfEars, earplugs that let sound in and keep water out. They come with changeable parts in different sizes that allow you to customize them for your ears in order to find a comfortable and secure fit. Suitable for surfing, swimming, white water kayaking, diving, wake boarding  and other water activities.




Quite different to Swimmer’s Ear (which is generally casued by warmer waters & foreign body entering the ear drum causing bacteria build up), Surfer’s Ear involves the growth of bone (exostosis) in the ear canal caused by exposure to cold water and/or wind. This leads to a narrowing of the ear canal, making it more likely that the water will get trapped and leave you at a higher risk of ear infection. Some are more susceptible to Surfer’s Ear than others, so there is no specified time period it takes for problems to arise. It is much more common than realised because people suffer from it to varying degrees with the worst case being hearing loss, severe pain and/or tinnitus (a ringing in the ear). Furthermore, sometimes people don’t realise they have it until they travel to warmer climates (e.g. for a holiday) and experience infections.
If Surfer’s Ear gets bad and you have repeated infections, hearing loss or pain then there is a requirement for surgery, which is said to be incredibly painful. This involves either drilling or chiseling the bone out. Which is why these Surf ears are well worth their investment for the possibility of getting Surfer ears!
Just because it is called "Surfer’s" Ear, doesn't mean that its not for anyone! Reality this is a risk for anyone undertaking any water-based activities – whether above, on, or below the water’s surface (this includes sailing, diving, kayaking etc.). Exposure to water and wind leads to bone within the ear canal growing to protect the eardrum. Even if you decide to stop getting into the water, the bone has been known to continue to grow.

There are a number of things that can be done to prevent Surfer’s Ear, Including; Wear ear plugs to protect your ears and prevent water from entering into them Wear a swimming cap or hood to provide an extra layer of protection.

Divers are often told not to wear earplugs because they block the space between the outer ear and the ear drum. However, wearing earplugs doesn’t affect your ability to equalize your inner ear, as many people think. The risk is that as pressure increases the plug might be pushed into the ear canal and cause harm. What is smart with SurfEars ear plugs is that even though they don’t let any water through in normal pressure at the water surface, as you dive deeper and the pressure increases a very small amount of water will slip through the acoustic mesh, reducing pressure and preventing the plugs being pushed in to the ear canal. If you’re diving at low depths in situations where you are maybe just snorkeling or spear fishing, the water pressure is not likely to affect the plugs in your ears at all.

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SKU: 10000-115

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