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Do you need surf ear plugs?

Surf ear plugs prevent water from entering the ear canal during a surf whilst also allowing sound in to maintain balance.

You might even be avoiding surfing in order to protect your ears if any or all of the below leave you on the beach during a pumping swell!

  1. You’re surfing in cold water and don’t want to immerse your ears under water
  2. You’re prone to ear infection and subsiquent loss of hearing 
  3. You have a perforated ear drum

Did you know that surf ear plugs can protect your ears and keep you in the water?

They should be a vital piece of equipment if you surf or swim regularly and below we’ll break down everything you need to know.

Surfer’s or swimmer’s ear

Surfer’s or swimmer’s ear is a condition where the bone of the ear canal develops multiple bony growths called exostoses. This eventually causes partial or a complete blockage of the ear canal leading to ear infections and hearing problems. The condition is caused by prolonged exposure to cold water or wind. Cold water surfers are six times more likely to get surfer’s ear than warm water surfers. The only way to treat surfer’s ears is to surgically remove the bony growths and this means months  out of the water. The best way to prevent surfer’s ear is to wear G.BUDS Surfing Earplugs while surfing…. You can read more about the condition here.

G.BUDS from GUARD let the sound in but keep the 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 that works for you.

At the end of the day, choosing which surf ear plugs to buy comes down to personal choice. Because they can help prevent ear infection and a host of other issues, they should be an important and necessary item of your surfboard gear.

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