Surfer’s ear is extra bone formed as lumps that grow in the ear canal. The cause of it is exposure to cold water and wind, especially the combination of the two as the wind creates a chill factor when your ears are wet. The extra bone growth, also called exostosis is believed to be the body’s defense mechanism to protect the ear drum. The problem is that the exostosis doesn’t go away afterwards, instead it continues to grow. As surfers we are frequently exposed to windy and wet conditions and that’s why this condition is common among surfers. Hence the name; surfer’s ear. The pace of the bone growth will increase with lower temperature and more frequent exposure. However, how bad it gets varies from person to person as some seems to be more prone to develop exostosis than others.
Surfer’s Ear란 서핑을 하는 동안 차가운 물이 귀에 들어가거나 바람의 유입으로 인해 생기는 질환으로, 주로 서퍼는 물론 다이버, 제트스키어 등 수상스포츠 선수들에게서 쉽게 볼수 있다. 치료를 위해선 수술이 필요하나, 애초에 그 원인인 물과 바람으로부터 귀를 보호해 준다면 쉽게 예방할 수 있다.....
When your ear canal gets narrower due to the exostosis, it’s harder for the water to get out once it’s in your ears. If you experience water stuck in your ears after a surf session, it might be that you are developing surfer’s ear.
Recurring ear infections is also an indication that you might have surfer’s ear. As your ears get worse at drying, the risk of catching an infection gets higher. You might not notice when the exostosis develops, and it’s not unheard that surfers who live in colder climates get ear infections once they travel to warmer places with more polluted water.
With improvements in modern wetsuits we are able to spend more time in colder conditions. The side effect of this is that more people develops surfer’s ear.
Recently during a surf event in Ireland, we made a study by examining the ears of 27 surfers of all ages who had surfed for at least five years – some were pro surfers, some happy enthusiasts. 70% of the participants had some degree of surfer’s ear in at least one ear. 19 of those had surfed for more than 10 years, for which the corresponding number was 84%. Nine of these had the highest grade of closure in at least one ear, meaning two thirds or more of the ear canal is closed.
In 2016, a similar study was made by Dr. Vini Simas and the Water Base Research Unit at Bond University with a small group of WSL Championship Tour surfers. Simas and his team found that all 14 surfers who took part in their study had developed surfer’s ear in at least one ear, and all except one in both ears. Again, the highest grade of closure was observed for 50 % of the participants.
If the exostosis becomes severe, the only way to have it removed is by surgery, where the extra bones get drilled or chiseled out. It’s definitely not the most pleasant procedure to go through. For one, it will keep you out of the water for some time, and once it’s done it doesn’t prevent bone from growing back again. Surgery is the last option, but there are proven ways to be prevented. By wearing ear plugs you can easily protect your ears from the elements.
Ears are sensitive and the comfort of in-ear devices is closely related to how well these fit in your ear. With all ears unique in size and shape, there’s no one-fits-all solution to making great ear plugs. We’ve studied the anatomy of the ear closely and identified four main points of contact, which all are critical to achieving good comfort. With SurfEars 3.0 we’ve adapted the product design to follow the ear’s anatomy closely, drastically improving both fit and comfort.
In order to make 3.0 fit so much better we had to make the plugs individual to the left and right ear. Both the wings and cores are unique for your right or left ear. The tube of the core has been modified to point both forward and slightly upwards, creating a more natural fit in your ear. To make it easy for the user to know which plug goes in which ear, we’ve color coded left and right.
The sealing gels have been redesigned to achieve a better seal while also increasing wearing comfort. They are thinner, softer and conforms to the shape of the ear more easily.
The newly designed core is slightly smaller which enables us to increase the product’s size range without compromising hearing performance. We have added an extra size for the sealing gels for total of four different sizes, and the wings comes in two sizes to ensure a good fit to even the smallest and largest ears.
We’ve introduced a protective rib preventing the mesh from being pushed inwards, while also increasing the mesh’s adhesive area. This will reduce the risk of the plugs to wear out when repeatedly pushing o the mesh with fingers when inserting the plugs. The new leash is also redesigned, with loops on each end which makes it more durable compared to previous solution and easier to attach and remove from the plugs. The new leash is thicker which makes it more durable and also less likely to tangle.
Christian Dittrich, founder of SurfEars presents the 3.0 key improvements.
The best earplugs deserve the best storage. The SurfEars 3.0 silicone case looks amazing and works like a charm and will last for a lifetime.It’s made from injection molded, medical grade silicone, has a smooth satin finish and carefully crafted details, like the debossed logos and vent hole pattern on the back. The magnetic closure keeps your plugs safe and makes the case easy to open and close. With the aluminum carabiner you can easily hook them onto your bag or keychain and keep them with you when you need them.
It’s important to showcase the product in a nice way but not at the cost of the environment. The best way to reduce waste in packaging is to minimize the packaging itself. Therefore we are using the storage case as part of the packaging. 3.0 is presented in a stylish yet minimal paper wrapping made from partly recycled material and is fully recyclable. We use vegetable based ink for minimum environmental impact. User instructions are printed on the back for quick access and minimal material usage.
SurfEars, 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.
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!
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SurfEars® can be custom fit to your ears by changing size of BUDS and WINGS.
How to get started:
Tip: Many people have different sized ear canals on their left and right ears. Try on all four BUD sizes to find the best match for your ears. A proper fit is crucial to ensure a secure seal and fixation in your ear.
To ensure proper functionality for your SurfEars® please follow these care instructions:
Tip: If you haven’t washed your plugs frequently salt crystals may build up, blocking the mesh and reducing functionality.
To restore functionality of plugs you can leave them in warm water for a few hours, gently clean the mesh with a soft brush, rinse under fresh warm water and let dry.
One Pair of SurfEars, pre assembled with size medium and an adjustable leash
6 sealing gels, 2x size large, 2x size small, 2x size x-small
Two support wings, size small
An awesome storage case to keep them safe