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CruisinGA
07-10-2013, 11:47 AM
Been teaching a good friend of mine to barefoot long line.

Last weekend, he "plugged in" a little too hard and busted an eardrum.

The doc says he may be able to get back in the lake in 2 weeks if it heals up like it should.

Do any of you avid barefooters do anything to prevent ear damage? I've never had a problem, but I want him to keep 'footin so looking for any suggestions!

mikeg205
07-10-2013, 11:58 AM
yes a protech helmet... I have one with ear flaps only... they didn't have this model before.

madcityskier
07-10-2013, 12:41 PM
x2 on helmet with earflaps. A buddy has done this multiple times, he won't even wake surf without his now. Had another guy take a header on a slalom ski with the same result. He hasn't gone without borrowing that helmet since. Just be sure it's for water activities, I've heard horror stories of bike helmets catching water and injuring necks.
Plus, it makes you look like you're about to do something much more entertaining.

Nick911
07-10-2013, 12:54 PM
Blown drums twice now wakeboarding. Wear my ProTec with ear flaps whenever I ride. Gonna look at custom plugs here. Have a buddy that does them specifically for water with Bluetooth etc...

CC2MC
07-10-2013, 01:25 PM
I have read several horror stories on busting ear drums, which is the main reason I now wear a helmet. I am not sure how effective my ear flaps are for sure though, as I seem to get more water in my ears than I remember. I still have not busted any eardrums, and hopefully I will not. I think ear plugs in addition would be the best solution, although other helmet's ear flaps may have better protection than mine.

madcityskier
07-10-2013, 01:30 PM
Pretty sure that the flaps, while they may keep water from draining out of your ears so easily, will help prevent the sudden forceful impact that is likely to perforate your eardrum.
Then again, I'm often wrong.

CruisinGA
07-10-2013, 01:34 PM
He is already planning on wearing ear plugs from now on... I wonder what type are best- the disposable soft foam, the 'wet' soft silicone ones etc etc?

Helmet barefooting makes me nervous due to the speeds and catching water

I was thinking wrestling-style ear protection :D

MI_Corey
07-10-2013, 01:44 PM
Taught my sister in law to wakeboard this year. She got up and made a full lap third try. Fourth pull she accidentally started fakie, went about a hundred yards before catching toeside edge and busting her ear drum. Not a good first experience of wakeboarding for her.

epnault
07-10-2013, 01:52 PM
He is already planning on wearing ear plugs from now on... I wonder what type are best- the disposable soft foam, the 'wet' soft silicone ones etc etc?

Helmet barefooting makes me nervous due to the speeds and catching water

I was thinking wrestling-style ear protection :D

These plugs are the best in my opinion. When I got my boat 4 years ago and was learning wakeboarding I kept rupturing my eardrums.
http://www.proplugs.com/

bcd
07-10-2013, 07:36 PM
I've busted mine twice wakeboarding. It sucks. You can get custom molded ear plugs from an ear nose and throat doctor. I wore some of the soft moldable ones for a while, but then got tired of dealing with them.

swatguy
07-10-2013, 10:31 PM
I did mine once wakeboarding. X4 on the Helmet. I use a Bern Macnon H20. LOVE IT! I may look like an old fool, but I will be able to continue to progress and wont have any eardrum problems. I know skiing is bit different and some will argue the more surface area because of the speed "may" cause neck injury. I have yet to run into someone who has been hurt because of wearing a helmet. However in this thread alone we already have 5 or 6 that took eardrum poundings without it.

I would think el cheapo foam one would either jam in more or fly out. Go the custom route I use custom ones for shooting and ops. Worth every penny.

TxsRiverRat
07-11-2013, 10:48 AM
And then there are some people that need a helmet 24/7...

mzimme
07-11-2013, 11:56 AM
I was thinking wrestling-style ear protection :D

You bring up a good idea... I wonder how headgear like this would hold up in a fall?

There's nto a huge helmet to catch water, and as long as you tightened the headgear to fit, I imagine it would work well.

http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server2400/2f7bf/products/3321/images/4625/0293Webshot__54697.1300225468.1280.1280.jpg

Skir68
07-11-2013, 01:19 PM
It *** learning the hard way..I just got a Jobe helmet with the ear flaps...it was only $39.00, which is less painless than a perforated ear drum!

atlfootr
07-13-2013, 05:22 PM
Had left eardrum rupture knee boarding, went to a hearing specialist and had neon color molded waxed ear plugs molded and custom fitted.

Dr called it a perforated eardrum