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Have you got surfer’s ear? Pardon?

9 February 22

Well a lot of us have hey, and a disclaimer up front here, this is a blatant plug for the new 3.0 version of Surf Ears, the tech little plugs that have been around for a several years now - and many a dodgy-eared surfer will tell you they work a treat (including PLB's ed who won’t surf without them these days).

So what is surfer’s ear?

“Exotosis”is simply extra bone that grows in the ear canal. It’s caused by exposure to cold water and wind, and the unwelcome lumps are 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. Surfers are frequently exposed to wind and wet and that’s why this condition is so common among surfers. How bad it gets varies from person to person and some are more prone to it than others. 

When your ear canal gets narrower 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 it might be that you are developing surfer’s ear. And if you’ve got it you already, well know it is a bloody pain. 

THE NEW SURF EARS 3.0 (as reviewed on their website)

Better fit & comfort

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.

Larger size range

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.

Increased life span

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. 

Improved storage

The SurfEars 3.0 silicone case 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.


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