also keep extras in your trunks for those mid-session blowouts
Had the surgery in both ears about 2 years ago after putting it off for a good 30 years. No lasers just the basic chip and grind. Still can't hear all that well but then never could really. I've tried a variety of ear plugs and found Blu-Tack works really well. Totally keeps the water out. Seems to work better the longer you use it. Pretty sticky though - don't put it in too far. Good luck.
I've had both ears drilled out, seems the left one closed about 95% first (usually the one that faces north, the cold side while waiting for sets on the East Coast). It was the drilling procedure, 6 weeks out of the water, right one was done 3 years later had some complications out of water about 8 weeks. I agree that plugs and hoods will slow these down. I hope don't have t go through that again ! Definitely do research and find a doctor who knows what he is doing, too many chowderheads willing to get OJT on your head out there! Good Luck JN http://www.earaces.com
Barge, First, get a second or third opinion. Make sure the doctor has done a lot of them. If its not too bad use the preventive maintenance mentioned above religiously. I have 30 to forty percent closure in both ears. This was first diagnosed 25 years ago from doc of Dos's proplugs. I use a hood or plugs every time I surf with no progression. Good luck. mike
I'm convinced, it's time to start wearing plugs . . . can anyone comment on different brands and fit? Is there any advantage to Doc's Proplugs over those generic silicone plugs from the drugstore? It shouldn't matter as long as you're keeping your inner ear dry, right? Thanks . . .
I second that question... I liked the idea of the docs pro plugs because they dont affect you hearing as much. However I have tried three sizes (vented and not) and they all let in the water which is then stuck in my ear for the rest of the day.
I was having problems with water sloshing around in my ear and could not get it out. It was driving me nuts. Tried swimmers ear stuff and that did not help much either. Bought one of those blue squirty things at the drug store and started flushing each ear a couple times after surfing with warm water. No further problems! Roger
Extosis is caused by evaporative cooling in the ear. Water in the ear being evaporated by wind in the ear causes cooling that, over time, the body reacts to with a home-made barrier - of bone. The air temp and water temp are not primary factors - extosis is present in practitioners of a number of sports (swimmers, skiiers, surfers, ....) and climates. Ear plugs do not need to stop water entry to prevent surfers ear, they only need to prevent wind and evaporation. As such the docs proplugs provide a good wind barrier, have a small opening that allows sound and pressure to pass through, and come with a leash (allowing a lose, comfortable fit without losing a plug every time you surf). Plugs that completely close the ear can muffle sound, but worse, if you are surfing big stuff and have to dive deep or get blasted to the bottom you may have to get a doctor to remove the plug - without pressure relief it can get blown onto your ear canal. I've been wearing Proplugs since 1981 when I was diagnosed with 40% closure in each ear (after a problematic ear infection caused by water, wax, and crud stuck in my ear). My ears are now no more blocked than they were 20 years ago. Meanwhile all of my friends (who shunned plugs) are either dealing with ear problems or have had the drill job done. I think the $7 for a pair of plugs that usually last me several years is well worth it. And I dont have to miss 12 weeks of surf.
Is it possible that some people not to develope swimmer's/surfer's ear. I swam competitively since I was 6 y/o all they way through college and have been surfing for 20 years on the average of 2 to 5 days a week. I have never worn earplugs for swimming or surfing. I have my ears checked about every other year just to see if there is any bone growth. There is non yet.