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Old 05-30-2012, 01:33 PM
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Preventing Ear Drum Ruptures

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

fix to not having another.........take up a safer sport.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:59 PM
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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/pt8b202mblk...d-helmets.html

http://www.the-house.com/wklffl04gr1...d-helmets.html
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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.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:02 PM
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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/pt8b202mblk...d-helmets.html

http://www.the-house.com/wklffl04gr1...d-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
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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.
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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.
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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/
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The OP is from up north. A hockey helmet has ear guards on it and he just might have one of those laying around.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:19 PM
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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.
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