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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    yep, i prefer macks as well. Doc Pro Plugs fall out, and I lose them, plus they are more expensive. I hate no hearing impairment in the water tho.

    And, as far as tinnitus... I first started noticing it around 7 years ago or so, and it never went away. Every doc I talked to hasn't offered me too many suggestions. I notice when I'm well rested it seems better. I generally only notice it when i'm in bed and everything is quiet... Its not terrible for me, but if it got worse it would suck!

    yeah most of the time it has to be really quite for me to notice it. But sometimes I get a ringing that over powers whatever noise is going on around me . If I rub my ears it usually goes away now rather quick.

    I use mack plugs too but if you dotn put them in dry forget about them staying in a whole session

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by shredNJ View Post
    Last winter/spring i had some serious problems with surfers ear. After every session i would have water trapped deep in my ear that would stay there for up to a couple days when it was at its worst. I haven't gone to a doctor yet but i have experienced a loss of hearing and i'll definately be investing in some earplugs this year when the hood comes off. For anyone that uses plugs any suggestions on a brand?
    Mix yourself up the 50/50 blend of alcohol and white vinegar they refer to in the article and use a few drops after every surf. Alcohol dries the water up and the acidity in the vinegar prevents the bone growth from occurring, also kills any bacteria.

    Was 85% closed about 10 years ago and considering the drilling. constantly felt like I had a crackling in my ear and got ear infections pretty regularly. I now religiously use a few drops everytime I get out the water (including the pool). Haven't had an ear infection since. No more crackling. Doc also says closure is now less than 50%.

    Wifey says I smell like a salad once in a while but.....

  3. #23
    Doc's pro plugs work, as long as you get them fitted at a Surf shop or dive shop.

    They have thin cord leash to connect them to each other in case one falls out. Plus they float. Lost them only a few times, but always find them in the tide line.

    Without a hood I run the leash through the zipper hole at the top of my 4/3, 3/2 or spring. Never lose them then. Only trunking it, and you'd be surprised how big a wave you take on the head and they stay in - if fitted right.

    The ringing I have gets brutal, but nothing compared to the vertigo I get if the water gets in my ears and gets infected.
    Like being hung over and seasick at the same time.

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by SE1 View Post
    Mix yourself up the 50/50 blend of alcohol and white vinegar they refer to in the article and use a few drops after every surf. Alcohol dries the water up and the acidity in the vinegar prevents the bone growth from occurring, also kills any bacteria.

    Was 85% closed about 10 years ago and considering the drilling. constantly felt like I had a crackling in my ear and got ear infections pretty regularly. I now religiously use a few drops everytime I get out the water (including the pool). Haven't had an ear infection since. No more crackling. Doc also says closure is now less than 50%.

    Wifey says I smell like a salad once in a while but.....
    thats awesome that your ear closure actually got better in time, as you figured out how to manage it. The doctors out there like to push surgery like its sometimes the only option to get better, but your proof that you can improve surfer's ear naturally - awesome.