Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
There is nothing more frustrating than having to end a killer surf session early because it feels as if someone is driving ice picks into your ears. If you love water sports – being on, in or even under that lovely liquid medium all life depends upon, you will want to protect your ears. Whether it is cold water or cold wind or a combination of both, your ears can only take so much abuse over time. Why wouldn’t you want to protect them from future or further damage?
The Problem With Normal Earplugs
The regular kind of earplugs you normally see are not very convenient to use at all.
That's because those types are uncomfortable, do not fit well, and are completely sound blocking!
Instead of hearing breaking waves and your friends laughing and conversing, it feels more like watching a surf movie with the volume turned off.
Not being able to hear throws off your balance and can make you feel disoriented at times, like during those washing machine wipeouts that hold you in the spin cycle. Additionally, any doctor will tell you that shoving things into your ear canal like blue tack, especially repeatedly, is not a great idea.
So, what’s the solution? SurfEars 2.0.
The Solution To Earplugs
Can you imagine wearing earplugs that let sounds in yet keeps water out? You don’t have to imagine it, you can actually experience it. A dedicated team of Swedish surfers and product designers revolutionized a way to protect our ears, not only from repeated exposure to cold water and wind, but also from harmful contaminants like bacteria that can cause infections, while still allowing you to hear everything that is going on around you.
SurfEars 2.0 is unique in that it allows sound to come through a specially designed membrane that keeps water out. That means you have balance, you can interact socially in the line-up, and you are in tune with the watery environment you love so much. Another great feature of SurfEars 2.0 is the winged extensions that provide several contact points in the exterior part of the ear to keep the plug in place.
The folks who designed SurfEars 2.0 realized something very important; one size does not fit all. Just as there are differences in the size and shape of your left and right foot, the same is true for your ears, especially if you’ve already undergone ear surgery on one side for excessive bone growth in the ear canal – called exostosis – due to long-term exposure to cold water. With that in mind, SurfEars 2.0 comes with various gel bud sizes for you to mix and match six different size options per ear, allowing you to find that perfect fit.
Still not sold? Listen up, because the number one reason for not wearing earplugs is the discomfort they can cause. Some protrude too far into the ear canal thereby creating pressure that just doesn’t feel good for too long. Other types pick up sand and debris that will not only chafe the ear canal, but increase the chances of getting an infection and doing serious ear damage as well. Unlike blue tack that you have to stuff far down into your ears to get it to work, the trick with SurfEars 2.0 is to not push them in too far – there’s no need. Just place them in your ear and let the correctly sized gel bud keep the water out and the winged extension keep it secured.
- Sturdy storage case and clip-on carabiner
- Three different sized pairs of sealing gels (ear buds) – Small, Medium and Large
- Two different sized pairs of winged extensions – Small and Medium
- One adjustable and detachable leash for optional use
The designers of SurfEars heard feedback from thousands of surfers in over 30 countries and came up with an even better version of their already spectacular product.
New & Improved:
- New ear bud design – Gel-like plug with two different options of intrusion depth to choose from for extra comfort
- Improved fit – Added contact points on the winged extensions to keep the plug in place
- Leash – Fully adjustable, behind-the-neck leash that you can use (or not use) if so desired
- Improved acoustics – A wider membrane improves sound quality
Long-time surfer Tom Carroll explains the differences between the 1.0 and the 2.0 version in the video below:
Last But Not Least
When you are shopping around to pick up your surf gear accessories, lets be honest here, it's no ones first choice to wear earplugs. But do you know what else is not anyones first choice? Hearing loss, ice pick ear pain, repeated ear infections, costly visits to the doctor, and undergoing ear surgery.
If you are an avid water person with perfect ears, keep them perfect by protecting them. If you’ve already spent years playing in the water and repeatedly suffer from ear issues, avoid avoid further problems.
Botton line, these things can be a real life saver!
And why not get the best ones available on the market? With SurfEars 2.0 you can do this in style!
Will this work for bodyboarding?
Absolutely! Bodyboarding, surfing, snorkeling, swimming – whatever you’re water sport SurfEars 2.0 is insurance for optimal ear health! Don’t believe me? Check out this video:
How do I insert and fit these correctly in my ears?
There are two key tricks to getting a proper fit. First, don’t shove these in like normal earplugs. Simply place them in. Second, use a light touch with the index finger to secure them in place instead of putting pressure on the membrane, which can damage it. This video provides more information on proper use:
Why do I need to use earplugs when surfing?
Use earplugs to avoid these three ugly ear issues:
- Swimmer’s ear or external otitis: a bacterial infection affecting skin of the outer ear canal
- Surfer’s ear or exostosis: a cooling of the ear canal that stimulates bone growth, which eventually narrows the canal and blocks the eardrum
- Ruptured eardrum or tympanic membrane perforation: a hole or tear in the thin tissue separating the ear canal from the middle ear