Surfers Ear

You invest in the best surf board the summer and winter surf suit and you’re ready to catch the waves … WAIT!!

Due to wetsuit technology becoming so great you end up spending longer and longer in the water –  this is where you need to protect your ears.  Surfers ear is uncommonly talked about condition among surfers, until you experience the pain and ache in your ear, and see the damage that can be caused by the water doing a sport you love.

What is surfer’s ear?

The ear canal is made from the joins of a few bones of the skull. For some reason exposure to cold water makes these bones grow. It is thought that the greater the exposure the greater the growth, but this is only a theory and not proven. When these bones in your ear canal grow they form exostosis.  Exostosis comes from Greek language and means ‘new bone’. This bone grows into the ear canal making it narrower.

This a photo of what the audiologist (ear specialist) or ENT consultant may see when they look inside a patients ear that has surfers ear.

How can I tell if I have surfer’s ear?

Unless a doctor looks in your ear you can’t. As the ear canal narrows you’ll start to notice it takes longer for your ears to empty during or after a surf. That sideways shaking of the head in the car park to clear them may be taking a bit longer. Or perhaps your ears clear hours later at work?

Some people notice their ears feel full for a while after a surf and can even begin to ache. Aching can be a sign of irritation. Irritation is a stepping stone to infection. Bacteria and fungi absolutely love skin irritation. Especially in a nice damp and warm ear canal. You’ll know if you have an ear infection. Your ear will start to really ache. Ear ache is really unpleasant, especially if you have it with a (temporary) loss of hearing in the same ear.

A large number of surfers will have these boney growths in their ear canals (of varying size) and be completely symptom free.

How can I prevent it?

Wear earplugs.  We can offer a range of colours to suit your personality or your board, you have your wetsuit, your board and you’re protecting your ears – now you can go and enjoy the beach!!



Dementia and hearing loss

People with a hearing loss are five times more likely to develop Dementia

Why is there a link?

We know that hearing loss increases the risk of dementia in older people.  According to researcher Frank Lin the most likely reasons are:

  • When the cochlea (the hub of the inner ear) sends a garbled signal to the brain, which happens as we develop a hearing loss, the brain has to work harder to decode it.  The increased ‘cognitive load’ leads to a reduction in our cognitive and thinking abilities.


  • Hearing loss may lead to structural changes in the part of the brain that handles sound processing.  The same part of the brain is also important for other cognitive function, including language and memory.


  • Hearing loss directly contributes to social isolation, which we’ve long known is a clear risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.

Evidence suggests that proper diagnosis and management of hearing loss can reduce the risk of dementia and also its impact, especially in the early stages. In particular, evidence suggests that wearing hearing aids can help, for example by improving working memory – the short term memory that we use to complete everyday tasks. Hearing aids can also help prevent some of the other risks and conditions associated with dementia, such as falls and depression.

Communication difficulties caused by hearing loss and dementia can lead to misdiagnosis of either or both conditions. For example, hearing loss can be misdiagnosed as dementia, or make the symptoms of dementia appear worse.  Health professionals need to be aware of the association between the two, and the likelihood that they will occur together.

With experience of hearing loss for over 19 years we recommend you have a full diagnostic hearing test and if a hearing loss is detected to wear hearing aids –  as the evidence suggests it can help to reduce the risk of dementia and the impact it can have.

MotorBikes + Bike Plugs = Great Hearing Protection

Pictured BikePlugs

As we know Motorbikes are FAST and with that speed comes power and loud sound, that loud sound over a prolonged time can cause a lot of damage to your hearing.

BikePlugs deliver the ultimate in hearing protection for motorcyclists.

In BikePlugs, we combine can’t-feel-them-in comfort and the latest in filtering technology and the fastest service available.

Long rides and high speeds will inevitably cause hearing damage, which can force you to wear hearing aids decades before your time. The high noise levels will fatigue you on your journey, compromising your awareness and reactions when you need them to be sharp.  BikePlugs give you the protection you need for long rides, everyday commutes or high speed track racing, without isolating you from the road or your bike.

Bike Plugs are customized made to your individual ears for comfort

Prices start from £115.00


Mi-Bike IEMs are extremely effective hearing protectors with built in speakers designed to offer the best audio experience possible under your helmet. Each pair is custom fitted so your ears will be protected from wind noise.

These hearing protectors connect to any GPS, MP3 player or intercom system with a standard 3.5mm jack and feature the same speakers professional musicians use to offer a breath-taking audio experience. Whether you want to communicate of listen to tunes when riding, Mi-Bike will let you hear clearly while protecting your hearing.

Please note the product is supplied in a canal style to ensure that there is no pressure applied when wearing your helmet. If you should require the full style mould we can make this upon request.

Prices start from £205.00

 Pictured MI-BIKE plug