Surfer's often wear ear plugs for surfing to prevent surfer's ear. This is the common name for cranial exostoses, the growth of bony lumps around the opening of the ear canal. These take several years to form and gradually close over the ear canal. The majority of life-long surfers have some some degree of surfer's ear. They may not notice until the canals are 90% closed when hearing starts to deteriorate.
It occurs due to the evaporative cooling effect of wind and water on the ear canals. No-one really knows why it happens but it is thought to be due to the effect of the cold water on the blood supply of the skin lining the bony ear canal.
Sufferers also have an increased risk of ear infections due to the accumulation of skin slough and the prolonged drying time of the ear canals. ZenPlugs Molded Surfing Ear Plugs are ideal for preventing surfer's ear. This is because they are molded to each ear individually giving an excellent customised fit which keeps water out. They are also antibacterial, helping to prevent infection.
They can be connected on a cord and tied to your wetsuit so you won't lose them if they fall out when you are in the sea. They are also colourful so you can spot them easily if you drop them.