Surf Ears 3.0
Surf Ears, 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.
SUPERIOR PROTECTION FOR WATER ATHLETES
We decided to leave ear infections and medical conditions like surfer’s ear behind. SurfEars® protects your ears from water, cold air, dirt & bacteria while maximizing hearing and balance. SurfEars® let’s so much sound through it’s easy to forget you’re wearing ear protection.
SurfEars have far superior performance compared to other ear plugs.
SurfEars have close to zero acoustic loss in the frequency range of human speech while the best competitor cuts away about 20-30dB. To give you a reference, 30dB is roughly the difference between the loudest and lowest volume setting on your smartphone. That’s pretty big difference!
WHY YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR EARS
Many Bodyboarders, Surfers, and other water athletes know it might be a good idea to protect their ears while they are in the water. But there are also many people who are unaware of the risks until they get affected. When are you at risk? What are the symptoms? We thought it was time to straighten out the questions marks!
When the bones within the ear get exposed for cold water or wind, the bones grow. This abnormal bone growth, or exostosis which is Greek for ”new bone”, is usually referred to as surfer’s ear. The colder the water is the faster the bones grow, whereby surfer’s ear is more common in cold water areas. But, according to the Dutchs sport medicine physician Maarten Verschure, ears are at risk as soon as the water temperature gets under 17.5 degrees Celsius (63.5 Fahrenheit), which for example includes places like southern California during the winter months.
When the bones grow the ear canal gets narrower. The lucky ones doesn’t get any symptoms from surfer’s ear, but you can also be plagued with constant pain and in some cases ringing in the ears. Surfer’s ear can be treated with surgery, where the extra bones are removed. The surgery will keep you out of the water for weeks, and it is not without risk. If it goes bad it can lead to complications such as the paralysis of the facial nerve, an ear drum perforation, or damage to the joint of the jaw.
As the ear canal gets narrower, the ears get worse at drying after being in the water. If you notice that ears are being blocked by water for a longer time than usual, that can be a warning sign that you have surfer’s ear. Sea water is full of bacteria and for people with a narrow ear canal, there is a higher risk for irritation and development of infections, whereby recurring ear infections also are a sign of surfer’s ear. If there is irritation it usually starts to ache and if an ear infection develops the aching gets worse.
Ear infections is also called Swimmer’s Ear or Otitis, and they can be really painful, make you feel ill and even make you temporarily deaf. Swimmer’s ear can generate a bad smell and it doesn’t look pretty, and any contact with the ocean makes the infection worse. Medical treatment such as ear drops is usually necessary. Early treatment helps prevent complications and development of a more serious infection.
Bacteria is everywhere so it’s always a good idea to protect your ears regardless of the temperature in the water. Preventing surfer’s ear and infections with ear plugs is definitely a good idea. With SurfEars® you can protect your ears without affecting your hearing. Less hassle, fewer visits to the doctor and more time in the water!