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epnault
05-30-2012, 01:33 PM
Hi Guys,
I searched and came up empty on the site. Last year when I was wakeboarding I was finally hopping from wake to wake (that is all I ever want to do - no aerial stuff for this guy) and it was a lot of fun. Well I was getting tired on one set in mid July and caught my front tip and it whiplashed my head into the water rupturing my ear drum. I did not have normal hearing until around October. I was concerned it would never come back.

I want to get back on the wakeboard but I do not want to repeat the above event. What are you guys doing to protect your ears other than those super expensive helmets with ear muffs?

Thanks,
Eric

Kyle
05-30-2012, 01:55 PM
I have had 8 or 9 broken ear drums.

fix to not having another.........take up a safer sport.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 01:59 PM
Eric,

Sorry to hear about the ear injury. A simple helmet with ear protection will prevent that from happening again.

http://www.the-house.com/pt8b202mblk11zz-protec-wakeboard-helmets.html

http://www.the-house.com/wklffl04gr11zz-liquid-force-wakeboard-helmets.html

tstoll
05-30-2012, 02:01 PM
I have had this same thing happen multiple times so I went to Walgreens and bought a pack of moldable earplugs and I just wear one in my right ear which is always the one I rupture. I haven't had an issue since good luck hearing is one of those things I'm not trying to mess with.

bjames
05-30-2012, 02:02 PM
Eric,

Sorry to hear about the ear injury. A simple helmet with ear protection will prevent that from happening again.

http://www.the-house.com/pt8b202mblk11zz-protec-wakeboard-helmets.html

http://www.the-house.com/wklffl04gr11zz-liquid-force-wakeboard-helmets.html

Ditto on the helmet. I just purchased a helmet with ear gaurds myself as I a ghetting tired of having water blasted into my ear from falls. BTW helmets are cheap :)

Kyle
05-30-2012, 02:05 PM
I have had this same thing happen multiple times so I went to Walgreens and bought a pack of moldable earplugs and I just wear one in my right ear which is always the one I rupture. I haven't had an issue since good luck hearing is one of those things I'm not trying to mess with.

I have broken an eardrum with an ear plug in. If you land hard enough it still will pop it.


I think the helmet way would be the most effective way but me being a slalom skier and trying to wear a helmet.....well its kind of weird.

lettmeknow
05-30-2012, 02:06 PM
I've done it twice, first time I thought I just had a lot of water in it and poured swimmers ear drops in. Holy mother, did that hurt! Nothin like pouring alcohol on an open wound. I gave up footin so I don't worry about it much anymore as it does not happen as often on a slalom stick.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 02:07 PM
My son's helmet came from the Midwest Mastercraft. I didn't see a helmet with ear flaps on their site but I am sure they have them.

http://www.wakeboards.com/
http://www.waterskis.com/

Kyle
05-30-2012, 02:09 PM
The OP is from up north. A hockey helmet has ear guards on it and he just might have one of those laying around.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 02:19 PM
The OP is from up north. A hockey helmet has ear guards on it and he just might have one of those laying around.

Not quite the same, but I remember wearing a hockey helmet when I went over the home-made ski jump I made many years ago.:D

tideengineer
05-30-2012, 02:42 PM
did mine last year too...nothing like being able to blow air bubbles out of your ear....

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 03:26 PM
did mine last year too...nothing like being able to blow air bubbles out of your ear....

Yikes:eek3:

Whisky
05-30-2012, 03:36 PM
Doctor gave me some moldable wax after I ruptured mine a few years back footin'. Have not had any issues since then while using the wax. Keep it in a little plastic container about the size of a tin of chew on the boat.

epnault
05-30-2012, 03:41 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys.

ThatsMrMastercraft,
Thanks for the links. Those aren't too bad of prices at all. I wish MidWest MC had them because I buy everything there.

Have any of you tried these? I was talking to a scuba diver at work and he recommended these and said they make ones for skiers and wakeboarders.

http://www.proplugs.com/

GT500 MC
05-30-2012, 03:44 PM
Looks like they would work. May have to order a pair.

Funny on who made them....a surfing physician?? I wonder how you become a surfing physician and at what school. I want that job.

Or made by a physician that surfs? Just struck me funny.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 03:52 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys.

ThatsMrMastercraft,
Thanks for the links. Those aren't too bad of prices at all. I wish MidWest MC had them because I buy everything there.

Have any of you tried these? I was talking to a scuba diver at work and he recommended these and said they make ones for skiers and wakeboarders.

http://www.proplugs.com/

Give Corey or Eric a shout and see what they have. If they don't have it, they will get it.

One advantage to a helmet is that the shock from impact can be spread to a larger area. I initially told my son to pick one out because he was going to wear one. After one fall, he won't ride without it. You can still get shook up by a hard spill, but the damage is limited.

epnault
05-30-2012, 04:05 PM
That is a really good point. I could use it for slalom skiing too. I don't care what it looks like, I just want the ruptures to stop :)

epnault
05-30-2012, 04:10 PM
I will be getting the plugs tonight and ordering the helmet. I will let you guys now how the plugs work. For those in the Minnesota area here are some locations to get them. I am headed to the Little Canada shop tonight to get fitted.

ADVENTURE SPECIALTIES, LLC
507 332-7752
2900 WESTREN AVENUE
FARIBAULT, MN 55021

AIR DOWN THERE SCUBA
651 482 0977
9 EAST LITTLE CANADA ROAD
LITTLE CANADA, MN. 55117

MDC SPORTS
507 288-8802
36 17TH AVENUE NW
MIRACLE MILE MALL
ROCHESTER, MN 55901

SCUBA CENTER
612 925-4818
5015 PENN AVE. S
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55419

SCUBA DADDY DIVE SHOP
952 892-1444
13761 NICOLETTE AVE. S.
BURNSVILLE, MN 55337

SUNSHINE SPORTS
406 252-3724
304 MOORE LANE
BILLINGS, MN 59101

UNDERWATER SPORTS ADVENTURE
320 251-8967
556 25TH AVE N
ST CLOUD, MN 56303

thatsmrmastercraft
05-30-2012, 04:17 PM
That is a really good point. I could use it for slalom skiing too. I don't care what it looks like, I just want the ruptures to stop :)

I'm not sure on wearing a helmet for slalom skiing. Speeds are considerably faster and I would think neck injury could become a possibility if the helmet were to catch. I would think the ear plugs would be the ticket for that.

TRBenj
05-30-2012, 04:42 PM
Thanks for all the replies guys.

ThatsMrMastercraft,
Thanks for the links. Those aren't too bad of prices at all. I wish MidWest MC had them because I buy everything there.

Have any of you tried these? I was talking to a scuba diver at work and he recommended these and said they make ones for skiers and wakeboarders.

http://www.proplugs.com/
Ive never blown out an eardrum, but a buddy of mine who did so several times swore by the Pro Plugs. I think he eventually blew another eardrum, even with the plugs... and has since resorted to a helmet. He might even be wearing both at the same time now- I cant remember.

saberworks
05-30-2012, 07:14 PM
It doesn't take a hard fall, either. I have ruptured my ear drum twice, first time was attempting a 360 and after that I wore my helmet whenever I was trying new tricks. The second time I was on a wake skate and just caught an edge or something and went down. Like the OP it took months and visits to a specialist before everything got back to normal (while the drum was healed, there was a bunch of dead skin clogging up the area so I couldn't hear -- yuck). I vowed to always ride with my helmet from then on!

lettmeknow
05-30-2012, 07:28 PM
Not that it can't happen slalom skiing, but its less of a risk than the disciplines that you can catch an edge and fall flat on your head in milli second.IE ..footin and wakeboarding. However I did do it on an OTF once on public water on a roller. Now I just stick to the ski lakes for my slalom runs and haven't had an issue since! I think the helmet deal would be the best solution as it provides a gap where the ear plug does not .