What are good earplugs for kite surfers? As the water gets colder, the chance of a surfers ear increases.
With the right hearing protection you can prevent this problem. On this page you will find information about what a surfer’s ear is and which earplugs you can use.
Why are earplugs for kite surfers important?
If you regularly kite surf in the (North) sea or on inland water, it is wise to protect your ears against cold such as in wind and water. Especially in Autumn, Winter and Spring it is very fresh for our delicate ears, so we can suffer from the so-called surfer’s ear. To prevent this, use earplugs for kite surfers that protect your ears from cold and dirt. You also want to keep hearing well, so it is important that the ear plugs are sound-permeable.
You also want to protect your ears against hard blows on the water where you can tear your eardrum. The earplugs we discuss on this page provide protection against:
- Hard blows
What is a surfers ear?
A surfers ear is a very annoying condition that mainly occurs in water sports enthusiasts and can arise at a very young age. One speaks of a surfer’s ear if bone growth develops in the ear canal, caused by cold wind and water. This can cause the ear canal to become blocked and inflamed, which is experienced as very painful. The name “Surfersear” is not entirely correct, because not only surfers or kite surfers are at risk, other water sports enthusiasts may just as well suffer from a blocked ear due to cold.
Earplugs for kite surfers are essential to prevent a surfer’s ear, but what is a good earplug for kite surfers? Read the tips here so that you will soon have the right ear protection.
The right size
The size of the earplug is super important (like the size of your kite). With the right size, the cap closes your ear well and the cap is in the right place in your ear. If you are going to buy a new set of hearing protectors, go to a store where you can fit them. Most earplug brands supply fitting sets so that you walk out of the store with the right size. If you know your size, you can also order them online of course.
Tip to find out your size: which size in-ear headphone do you use? Most adult men will need medium or large, in women small or medium is the most common size.
We want earplugs that protect us from wind and cold, but not from noise. We want caps that allow us to hear well. It is true that the moment you put something in your ears, the ear canal is closed, so you hear less. Fortunately, there are earplugs with which you can still hear well.
Doc’s Pro Plugs earplugs
Doc’s pro plugs are very affordable earplugs that are easy to customize for deviating ears. This ear protection is also widely used by divers and recommended by multiple ENT doctors. The plugs have the advantage that they close the ear canal in the auricle and so there is nothing in your ear itself. For kite surfers there are so-called ‘vented’ caps, there is a very small hole in it so that the cap does not draw a vacuum in your ear. This prevents you from hearing your heartbeat, for example. You can order at 35 Knots! Asking price € 24
SurfEars earplugs are excellent caps and a very popular among kite surfers. The protection against cold water, wind and dirt is excellent and these caps also let almost all sound through so that there is no hearing loss. The earplugs come with adjustable parts so that you can optimally adjust the earplugs for your ears for the right size and seating comfort. You can simply order these earplugs online, because they always fit! The asking price is around € 45.00
Alpine Surfsafe earplugs
Alpine has developed an earplug especially for water sports enthusiasts to prevent ear infections and surfers ear. It is a one size fit’s all system made of a sturdy water- and windproof material. the package contains a spray to clean the caps. Asking price about € 34.95
EQ Seals Balance Pro earplugs
EQ Seals Balance Pro are super elastic earplugs that fit in any ear, including yours. The caps are completely waterproof, but let sound through, so you do not suffer from hearing loss. They are made of medical grade silicone, with a breathable membrane for natural air circulation and prevents balance problems. Asking price about 45, –
These were our tip for purchasing earplugs for kite surfers. Be safe!