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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby ATTMFKH » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:28 pm

I got hounded out the surgery and got a lecture about NHS budgets and priorities a couple of years ago trying to pull this one :oops: :oops:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:06 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:I got hounded out the surgery and got a lecture about NHS budgets and priorities a couple of years ago trying to pull this one :oops: :oops:


Yup - think you need to have a persistent ear issue and get past the GP frontline. Strangely enough it was the poor diagnosis of the GP that made it persistent according to the ENT specialist...not in those words but that was the gist of it.

I'll let you know how I get on with the super comfy moulded free ear plugs :D
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:34 am

skimmer2 wrote:
ATTMFKH wrote:I got hounded out the surgery and got a lecture about NHS budgets and priorities a couple of years ago trying to pull this one :oops: :oops:


Yup - think you need to have a persistent ear issue and get past the GP frontline. Strangely enough it was the poor diagnosis of the GP that made it persistent according to the ENT specialist...not in those words but that was the gist of it.

I'll let you know how I get on with the super comfy moulded free ear plugs :D


You'll pull into a big nasty BH close-out & lose them :lol: :lol:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:56 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:
skimmer2 wrote:
ATTMFKH wrote:I got hounded out the surgery and got a lecture about NHS budgets and priorities a couple of years ago trying to pull this one :oops: :oops:


Yup - think you need to have a persistent ear issue and get past the GP frontline. Strangely enough it was the poor diagnosis of the GP that made it persistent according to the ENT specialist...not in those words but that was the gist of it.

I'll let you know how I get on with the super comfy moulded free ear plugs :D


You'll pull into a big nasty BH close-out & lose them :lol: :lol:


Close Outs at BH...surely not!
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Philchapman » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:47 am

No need to get past any "frontline" at the G.P.'s... unless you're so tight that you won't stump up £30 for some custom ones. :lol:

You can go straight to the ENT/Audiology dept. of your hospital. No G.P. referral needed, just phone them up and make an app.

They will have a good look at your ears while you are there too, and tell you how closed (or not) they are.
They'll have more of an idea than your G.P. as it's what they do every day. Unless your G.P. surfs of course.
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:18 pm

Philchapman wrote:No need to get past any "frontline" at the G.P.'s... unless you're so tight that you won't stump up £30 for some custom ones. :lol:

You can go straight to the ENT/Audiology dept. of your hospital. No G.P. referral needed, just phone them up and make an app.

They will have a good look at your ears while you are there too, and tell you how closed (or not) they are.
They'll have more of an idea than your G.P. as it's what they do every day. Unless your G.P. surfs of course.


Let us know how you get on ATTM etc.........or I can tell you if they ones I get made are any good....should get them in a few weeks.
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:11 pm

Gonna try the ENT mate , let me know how you get on with yours
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Kenny » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:55 pm

I think I've posted these up here before. They are like a cheaper version of Docs Proplugs. They have a tiny vent to allow hearing. One size fits all so may not be perfect. I've only ever lost one, however, but at just over £5 a pair they're worth it.

Interestingly a friend of mine still surfing into his sixties was first diagnosed with surfer's ear over 30 years ago. He has since always worn plugs and he believes , from subsequent checkups, that his condition is improving. I have read anecdotal evidence of that elsewhere.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Win-Premier-Swim-Ear-Protection-Plugs-Pair-Of-Swimming-Earplugs-/151188172361?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2333846e49
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Philshoz » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:50 am

Kenny wrote:
Interestingly a friend of mine still surfing into his sixties was first diagnosed with surfer's ear over 30 years ago. He has since always worn plugs and he believes , from subsequent checkups, that his condition is improving. I have read anecdotal evidence of that elsewhere.


^^ I am 'living" proof of that Kenny. 59 on Thursday.

I like those plugs you highlighted but they want over £12 to send to France, FFS... :roll:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Zac Gibson » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:44 pm

I use surf plugs, never had any issues and use them swimming too they may be more than docs etc but they are fully custom moulded and simple to order replacements if needed saves the hassle of going to the hospital etc
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:34 pm

Just got my NHS ones delivered today...and they've supplied them with a nice plastic cord holding them together. Awfy darn comfy too in the ears....canny hear a lot but look forward to trying them out. Bulkier than my Docs pro plugs so might not be good under a hood but as they are custom moulded so feel goooooood. :D
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby buttholesurfer » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:20 pm

skimmer2 wrote:Just got my NHS ones delivered today...and they've supplied them with a nice plastic cord holding them together. Awfy darn comfy too in the ears....canny hear a lot but look forward to trying them out. Bulkier than my Docs pro plugs so might not be good under a hood but as they are custom moulded so feel goooooood. :D


Takes awhile to get used to them as you can't hear bugger all. No more chit chat in the ocean for you...oh and you'll have a tendency to shout a lot!
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:40 pm

buttholesurfer wrote:
skimmer2 wrote:Just got my NHS ones delivered today...and they've supplied them with a nice plastic cord holding them together. Awfy darn comfy too in the ears....canny hear a lot but look forward to trying them out. Bulkier than my Docs pro plugs so might not be good under a hood but as they are custom moulded so feel goooooood. :D


Takes awhile to get used to them as you can't hear bugger all. No more chit chat in the ocean for you...oh and you'll have a tendency to shout a lot!


Used to use blu tack a few years ago so did get used to just shouting "Got ear plugs in...canny hear you unless you SHOUT". Funny really...won't be able to hear bugger all and I am long sighted and don't use contacts so although it causes no problems whatsoever with seeing waves far off.....I canny recognise folks faces until they get a bit closer. I can tell folk by their boards/wetsuits or general way they surf or sit on their boards.

All in all.....I think I might end up being very unsociable...canny see or hear - that's age for ya! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby skimmer2 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:16 pm

Not actually used the new NHS custom plugs for surfing.....but for in the swimming pool they are ace. Can't hear much but they are that comfy in the ears you forget you have them.
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby buttholesurfer » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:31 am

I've just had two sets of plugs made...you'd think they'd be identical??? Why isn't anything produced now with abit of care and quality control. I see it day in day out with my job, parts missing , scratched, bad quality finish. I don't fit shite, the last 10 years it seems like the manufacturing sector wants to charge big bucks for poor build quality.
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Black » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:11 am

buttholesurfer wrote:I've just had two sets of plugs made...you'd think they'd be identical??? Why isn't anything produced now with abit of care and quality control. I see it day in day out with my job, parts missing , scratched, bad quality finish. I don't fit shite, the last 10 years it seems like the manufacturing sector wants to charge big bucks for poor build quality.

Why would they be identical, we are different left and right in most things aren't we?
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby buttholesurfer » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:17 am

I've got two sets, the left is not identical to the other left. Get my drift
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Black » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:43 am

buttholesurfer wrote:I've got two sets, the left is not identical to the other left. Get my drift

Ah got it, sorry a bit slow today. :oops:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:21 pm

what
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Black » Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:47 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:what

Look I didn't read the post properly, leave me in peace and stop rubbing it in... on the other hand if you really mean "what" - you moron can yee nay read???? :lol:
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby ATTMFKH » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:25 pm

it was a what as in pardon as in not funny , heard it 100 times on here .............. relax Chandelier, tranquillo hombre 8)
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Dantastic » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:28 pm

So just got back from an hour in the ENT waiting room (i did have an appointment luckily) and have a nice leaflet with lots of useless shit on it.

Has anybody used the ENT £30 ones and how do they fair against others? Also how long do they take to manufature? Are they better than Dr Plug or the ones you jam right in the hole?!

The Dr I saw was very thorough in telling me that they might not stay in when surfing.

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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Philchapman » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:56 am

Have you tried wiping the shit off and actually reading the leaflet? :D

Was this in Cornwall, and if so was it the standard 'Surfers Ear' leaflet/bit of card? (That is pretty basic).

Did they take an impression of your ears to make them from? If so, then they'll be the best ones you can get, as they will be made to fit YOUR ears.

I've probably been using them for 15 years now, and NEVER had one come out while surfing. Losing them out of the water is another matter though.
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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Dantastic » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:57 pm

Hi Phil,

Its a 2 page 'Protect your ears while swimming' leaflet. No info just says swimming swimming swimming etc and swimming, £32, wear a headband.

No its in Nottingham where apparently the sea is only visited 2-3 times a year by the very bravest of folk.

I am a little conscious of buying some low rent ones designed for swimming that dont stay in when I could buy some designed for surfing for similar £££.

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Re: How many people on here wear ear plugs?

Postby Philchapman » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:29 pm

Hi Dan,

Ah, okay. I see your concerns. If they don't work well then maybe try taking them back and complaining that they're not fit for purpose, see if they can make you some that stay in your ears? If they're made from a custom impression and anchor well in your ears then all should be well, but maybe the ones they make for surfers in Cornwall extend a bit more to anchor in the various creases around your ears? Try them and see? The ones I have had are all pretty hard to get in and out... takes a bit of getting used to, as does being 'deaf' in the water. Let us know how you get on with them.

The leaflet I mentioned is a specific 'surfers ear' one, but it doesn't give any more info than you can find in this thread or online.

If all else fails there's always the private companies that offer this service, but they're a lot more than £32.

Fingers crossed the ones they send you work!
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