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Re: Ear plugs [Re: mundus] #2966762
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I've gone the audiologist/Westone route and had no probs for over 20 years. Once you've been fitted, get two sets- three, what the heck- and you'll never need to do it again. Yeah, I wear a leash set up. A good wipe out will pop one out. And it's true, if you get pushed deep your ears are going to hurt, but I don't ride big waves, so it's not been an issue. Cost-wise I'm sure this route beats all the rest, and the fit is perfect.

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I'm just surprised they haven't figured out a vented custom plug that allows your ear to equalize. shrug

That would be the ultimate.

The customs I had from Surfplugs fit so well I had trouble getting them out the first few times I wore them.


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I used to use Docs some years ago when I was swimming a ton (and surfing a ton) and was having ear problems. They were great.

These days I can’t even get plugs in my ears due to cauliflower.


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Plugs made my wax problems worse so I just accept that I'll get an ear infection once or twice a year and be able to hear clearly instead


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Been wearing cheapo drug store plugs recently, only the junior sized ones, fits narrowed ear canals better. Seems to do the trick, keeps the water and wind out and still lets some sound in. Had the surf ears in the past and they weren’t worth the money, maybe they’ve improved since then. The jbl hydroseals look good, may pick up a pair when I get back to the states.

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There is a place in Santa Cruz that does silicone molds of your ears, then make custom plugs that fit perfect. Spent $100 on a good set of surf-specific plugs, that also have a membrane to let in some sound so you're not completely deaf. They're comfy and they don't fall out. With my ears at 90% closure, it's money well spent.


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Re: Ear plugs [Re: mundus] #2967297
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Iceman - what has been your experience with those plugs in bigger waves?


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Re: Ear plugs [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2967299
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Plugs never stay in my ears. I bought like 3 different pair. All fell right out.

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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
Iceman - what has been your experience with those plugs in bigger waves?


They don't move at all. The pointy top locks into the notch in the upper part of the ear. Plus you have to kind of spin the plug in because of the shape.

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Re: Ear plugs [Re: mundus] #2967328
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Do you ever get any pressure buildup during deeper holdowns?


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On another related topic, what's the consensus of anyone in the know about whether or not the temp of the water has anything to do with the bone growth? I have been told it is the cold temps along with cold wind. For instance, in California, my doc who surfs says almost 90% of the ear problems are in the right ear, which receives the predominant wind direction from the north. And wouldn't you know it, my right ear is the one closing up.

So, when the water and air warms in a region like California, is there still a need to wear them?

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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
Do you ever get any pressure buildup during deeper holdowns?



A little pressure but nothing unbearable, since they can't really go any deeper into your ear. I guess a true test would be to dive down to see if they cause discomfort at a certain depth, but I haven't tried.


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Originally Posted by Eimeo
On another related topic, what's the consensus of anyone in the know about whether or not the temp of the water has anything to do with the bone growth? I have been told it is the cold temps along with cold wind. For instance, in California, my doc who surfs says almost 90% of the ear problems are in the right ear, which receives the predominant wind direction from the north. And wouldn't you know it, my right ear is the one closing up.

So, when the water and air warms in a region like California, is there still a need to wear them?



Yes, because if you spend a lot of time in the water you even get bone growth in semi-tropical areas.

I know people who have always surfed in warm water and they still have some growth - even though they're not aware of it a look in the ear on the side of the predominant wind direction will show a bit of growth.

It's all about wind and evaporative cooling.

They even found considerable extosis in Panama:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scie...d-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/


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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
Originally Posted by Eimeo
On another related topic, what's the consensus of anyone in the know about whether or not the temp of the water has anything to do with the bone growth? I have been told it is the cold temps along with cold wind. For instance, in California, my doc who surfs says almost 90% of the ear problems are in the right ear, which receives the predominant wind direction from the north. And wouldn't you know it, my right ear is the one closing up.

So, when the water and air warms in a region like California, is there still a need to wear them?



Yes, because if you spend a lot of time in the water you even get bone growth in semi-tropical areas.

I know people who have always surfed in warm water and they still have some growth - even though they're not aware of it a look in the ear on the side of the predominant wind direction will show a bit of growth.

It's all about wind and evaporative cooling.

They even found considerable extosis in Panama:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scie...d-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/

Doc told me wind and chill factor and truck drivers suffer as well with left ear with window down socrazy


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Originally Posted by rowjimmytour
Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
Originally Posted by Eimeo
On another related topic, what's the consensus of anyone in the know about whether or not the temp of the water has anything to do with the bone growth? I have been told it is the cold temps along with cold wind. For instance, in California, my doc who surfs says almost 90% of the ear problems are in the right ear, which receives the predominant wind direction from the north. And wouldn't you know it, my right ear is the one closing up.

So, when the water and air warms in a region like California, is there still a need to wear them?



Yes, because if you spend a lot of time in the water you even get bone growth in semi-tropical areas.

I know people who have always surfed in warm water and they still have some growth - even though they're not aware of it a look in the ear on the side of the predominant wind direction will show a bit of growth.

It's all about wind and evaporative cooling.

They even found considerable extosis in Panama:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/scie...d-pre-columbian-divers-panama-180971164/

Doc told me wind and chill factor and truck drivers suffer as well with left ear with window down socrazy


I've also heard CHP officers. Constant 70 mph windchill is no joke!


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