So I reckon from Mitchell's account(thanks for the info and time) my ears aren't as screwed as I thought. I can still hear. But I always have ear pain/congestion. I always have sinus problems. And I mean always.
And now my eyes are screwed up...And those bastards around RC's in Florida won't give me a pair of sunglasses !!
Kids wear ear plugs if you shralp the winter juice, and live fast and die young. Trust me..........
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Aug 29, 2013, 02:29 PM #32
As a musician this is absolutely scary. I got fitted for Pro Plugs. They're vented to let in sounds but keep water out. They also are great if you go to loud rock shows. I'm seeing Muse in Philly soon and bringing mine.
Aug 29, 2013, 02:36 PM #33
Aug 29, 2013, 04:23 PM #34
yep, I wear a 4/3 year 'round here. Tried a 3/2 and froze my ass off. However, I wouldn't expect a 4/3 to keep me warm enough in VA winter water temps.
Aug 29, 2013, 07:11 PM #36
I'm glad to hear that you're liking yours. Hopefully mine holds up well too!
Aug 29, 2013, 07:26 PM #37
I don’t have any symptoms now, although even @ 95% blocked I had no infections or hearing problems – my problem was inability to clear the water out of the ear. I always have the Drs look in my ears to make sure they can see the ear drum, and I ask them to describe how the ear canal looks – the bones are slowly growing back - I wear hoods religiously now though so hopefully I won’t have to go through that again. I just look at it like a mid life overhaul of the ears – bore’em out and they are good for another 20-25 years.
Another thing my surgeon told me was to rinse the ears out with 4:1 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar, helps dry out the water and the vinegar creates an acidic environment to deter bacterial growth.
On the issue of wetsuits for the VB/OBX area I have been surfing this area since 85 and never used anything heavier than a 4/3 until a few years back when it got exceptionally cold one winter and I got a 5/3 - I pull that out about 1 or 2 times a year if that. A good hooded 4/3 is a good winter suit for this area - y'all up in NJ and farther north def need more. I rely on blubber though, that may explain some of it too
Aug 29, 2013, 10:42 PM #39
My ENT doc told me to make a mixture of vinegar and alcohol. Take an eyedropper and put a few drops in before and after a surf.
and no complaints here with O'Neill (as long as your diligent about rinsing in fresh water after every sesh)
...the ability to switch up the hood or neck guard in seconds def makes it easy when it's GO time....
Last edited by Koki Barrels; Aug 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM.