// Tuesday 7 Jun 2011
We've found this great site that offer custom moulded earplugs developed for surfers. Surfplugs™ help to prevent Surfer's Ear and infections by keeping your lugs snug and toasty even in the heaviest of winter surf. Surfplugs™ float and are available in a variety of colour and graphics options, and are provided with a leash and storage pouch as standard.
But what is Surfer's Ear?
The Surfplug's wesbite explains that Surfer's ear (Exostosis) is a common but preventable condition of the ear canal. If you surf, or even swim, in the UK waters you're six times more likely to develop it. It can become apparent after as little as five years of regular surfing.
A combination of wind and wet skin promotes bony growths within the ear and results in partial or full blockage of the ear canal, trapping water and debris which can cause painful ear infections. A feeling of fullness or difficulty clearing water from the ears after surfing is a clear indication of developing Surfer's Ear as is painful or recurrent ear infections.
The problem has increased with improvements in modern wetsuits design; surfers are in the water for longer, especially during the winter when lower temperatures and prevailing winds create higher risk.
In severe and advanced cases of Surfer's Ear the narrowing can create deafness and the only treatment is by a surgical operation called a ‘Canaloplasty’ where the surgeon digs a hole in the bone behind the ear and drills out the bony lumps. New methods of surgery are also emerging including ear canal ‘chipping’ techniques however, either operation should be a last resort as it can be painful, carries the risk of complications and will put you out of the water for at least two months, and if you don't continue to protect the ear it will return.
SurfPlugs offer an opportunity to prevent this happening with their custom fitted Surfplugs™.
Visit their site to find out more. In the mean time we're going to find out where in the island you can obtain an impression to be able to have your custom plugs made.
More information on Surfer's ear can be found on the Jersey Surfboard Club Blog.