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#1859782 - 01/24/12 04:00 AM ear: plug vs hood?
lorcar Offline
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I read terrible stories here about surfer's ear, and was thinking...when wearing a hood (because of cold water) does one need to wear earplugs as well, or is the hood enough? well actually even the hood let some water in, and from time to time i feel water trapped between ear and hood (sort of suction effect).
what's your thought?
thanks in advance

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#1859783 - 01/24/12 06:38 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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I've never used a hood since I'm in So. Cal. In No. Cal or colder water though a hood and plugs are the best to prevent surfers ear. My ears are both about 75% closed, so I started wearing plugs about 5 years ago. No more infections, or problems since then so I wear them everytime out and may just be able to avoid the drill after all!

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#1859784 - 01/25/12 03:43 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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well actually even the hood let some water in, and from time to time i feel water trapped between ear and hood (sort of suction effect).




Exactly why you need plugs. Even with a hood.
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#1859785 - 02/03/12 06:46 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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Bahahaha...hood is enough. Listen to SurfDoc...
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#1859786 - 02/08/12 10:41 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
socow Offline
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I wear both. That way I don't have to chat with kooks in the lineup. Well that and I like the extra protection of a hood over the plugs.

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#1859787 - 03/16/12 05:59 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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after many years in the North east winter surfing. i always used a hood from the beginning. a small hole about where the ear was took care of the water inside issue....I'm a nurse and all my friends who both surf and are in medicine have some degree of ear closure---it's actually kind of a joke with the office nurses, as in, 'o, you surf? well lets check those ears.....o, not as bad as doc so and so, keep wearing that hood'
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#1859788 - 03/19/12 10:06 AM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: walrus]
lorcar Offline
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a small hole about where the ear was took care of the water inside issue




wondering why they dont provide hoods with little holes perforated in the neoprene

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#1859789 - 03/21/12 05:19 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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wondering why they dont provide hoods with little holes perforated in the neoprene







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#1859790 - 04/21/12 10:12 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: sdsurfrat]
Aruka Offline
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For cold water a hood is most definitely NOT enough. Get a bunch of cheap latex plugs and put some in your car, house and surf kit.

Couple nights ago one of my buddies woke up in the middle of the night with blood pouring out of his ear, like a bad nosebleed. He's had ear problems for years from surfing in the cold water without ear plugs and one of his ears finally got super infected. Dude is only 39 years old.

Even with plugs you get water in your ears but at least the plugs prevent them from getting constantly flushed with cold water. Hopefully that will be enough to prevent problems but only time will tell.

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#1859791 - 04/22/12 10:23 AM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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I'm in So CAL. Anyone who thinks that it doesn't get cold enough to warrant prudence here is mistaken. I've had one ear drilled and the other is over 85% closed (after 30+ years of dawn patrolling).

I wear a hood. I tried Docs but kept losing them..and they cost. I tried these plugs called "Earplanes" and they worked but after a while they begin to hurt. I tried silicon and that was the best solution... but for me it's a whole lot easier to wear a hood. And it makes that first dip in the mornning a lot easier...

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#1859792 - 04/22/12 09:27 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: patrolman]
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I'm in So CAL. Anyone who thinks that it doesn't get cold enough to warrant prudence here is mistaken. I've had one ear drilled and the other is over 85% closed (after 30+ years of dawn patrolling).

I wear a hood. I tried Docs but kept losing them..and they cost. I tried these plugs called "Earplanes" and they worked but after a while they begin to hurt. I tried silicon and that was the best solution... but for me it's a whole lot easier to wear a hood. And it makes that first dip in the mornning a lot easier...




Just score a tackle swivel hook and attach to zipper on suit Also make sure to score right size of doc plugs and you will not loose them as often out in the water
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#1859793 - 04/23/12 10:50 AM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: rowjimmytour]
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Quote:

Quote:

I'm in So CAL. Anyone who thinks that it doesn't get cold enough to warrant prudence here is mistaken. I've had one ear drilled and the other is over 85% closed (after 30+ years of dawn patrolling).

I wear a hood. I tried Docs but kept losing them..and they cost. I tried these plugs called "Earplanes" and they worked but after a while they begin to hurt. I tried silicon and that was the best solution... but for me it's a whole lot easier to wear a hood. And it makes that first dip in the mornning a lot easier...




Just score a tackle swivel hook and attach to zipper on suit Also make sure to score right size of doc plugs and you will not loose them as often out in the water




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#1859794 - 04/23/12 03:09 PM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: patrolman]
lorcar Offline
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started using sorky earplugs few weeks ago, unconfortable at first, you dont know how much to push in, you dont know if it's ok, you dont know when it's snug enough.
But so far so good, even I must admit I dont have any experience with other brands or plug types
http://shop.phonografic.com/collections/all/products/sorky-earplugs

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#1859795 - 06/20/12 04:14 AM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: lorcar]
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started using sorky earplugs few weeks ago, unconfortable at first, you dont know how much to push in, you dont know if it's ok, you dont know when it's snug enough.
But so far so good, even I must admit I dont have any experience with other brands or plug types

http://shop.phonografic.com/collections/all/products/sorky-earplugs




I've been using them since November, good plugs. Expensive though. I find if you push them in too far they can get uncomfortable, but if you don't go far enough you risk losing them so it's getting used to that happy medium.

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#1859796 - 06/20/12 09:40 AM Re: ear: plug vs hood? [Re: prjwebb]
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I use the orange 3m Silicon plugs. They're cheap, cost $0.75 a pair. I never lose them in the water, have not lost one while surfing. I used to lose them when I changed out of my wetsuit. But now I immediately put them in the keypocket of the wetsuit. They are so cheap I put a ton of them just about everywhere, car, surf gear, board bags, boat, backpack, etc. You don't need a cord/leash either. The stay put and are snug. They are the 3m model #1270. You can get them at most hardware stores. Redondo Beach Hardware has them (if they're still in biz).


Wearing earplugs takes some getting used to. At first it felt surreal because it took alot of the water splashing noise away and felt like I was in a tunnel but I eventually got used to it. It sure beats not being able to hear on land. I also still wear my hood except on really warm days. I think my ears have actually began to open up as a result of doing this religiously now for 3 years. Before that I only put them on if it was really cold and I had a pair with me.

You gotta push them in far enough to keep all the water out, nothing ridiculous, but just enough to engage all the ribs of the plug with you ear canal. Or you can simply use your thumbs


Edited by socow (06/20/12 09:45 AM)

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