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Need to get some for Uganda.

Where, please?
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I had some made up for me by my loca hearing aid shop. Cost was £25 but they work and should last me about 2 years. I believe you can have them made at your local hospital, thats if they have an audiology dept.
The only down side might be for river running as they do block out your hearing more than Dr D's pro plugs.

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I spoke to my Doc, whose advice was:

"don't know where you can get tailored ear plugs from and why would you only want to block up two of the seven or so holes that gremlins can get into".

I did mention that only five holes would be exposed if I stayed in my kayak.

I think I'll get down to the chemist soon - for the ear variety of course.

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I have a hearing aid, not that I wear it anymore so if you see someone floating by and totally unaware i'm being chased by someone shouting, its probably me.

Anyway, the mould was made from some kind of gunk in the E.N.T dept. of my hospital, the gunk mould was sent off and a nicely fitting plastic mould came back. I'd give the E.N.T dept. a call and try and find out what the gunk is called and where you can get it, then try sending the mould off to the same manufacturer.

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Not paddling ones, but i can get loads of these types from work..........

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If you want any drop me a line and ill post some to you.

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Post by MikeB »

Visit your local gun shop - they'll do hearing protector ear-plugs for shooting.

But are you trying to get some sleep on the flight, while there, or keep the water out of your lugs?

(Not that I have any specialist knowledge, just nosy)

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Try this site:

http://www.greenleopard.co.uk/osb/showi ... Category=3

I have it on good authority that they work, the plugs are currently on test in Nepal, and have already been tested in Africa, UK and Europe.

I have not got round to getting any yet, but am aiming to......

And you can get a cheaper 2nd pair if ordered at the same time.

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I have a set of the blue and yellow ones shown in the picture above and they are excellant, but you do struggle to hear with them.

I have also seen paddling shops selling these clear types, and a lot of people have recommended them. Stop water getting in but has a hole designed to let you hear. If you want a set Mark I can try to bring some with me? They cost about $12.

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I use Docs Proplugs, which I bought from the canoe shop in Peterborough. Brookbank near me also sell them, so I would have thought they were fairly available.

They are made from silicone, come in three sizes, and have a piece of nylon cord joining them together, so that you don't lose them. They work for me, and cost somewhere around the £15 mark. http://www.proplugs.com

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Cheryl, you're on...I appreciate it.

$12, that about 30 pence, right?
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I couldn't hear anything out of my left ear for a week and a half after getting back from the Nile because I lost my plugs for a week. It's worth taking spares. Pardon?

Proplugs are good and take most of the force out of the water hitting your ears - most paddling shops have them and also have sizing kits. I bought mine from Des Mes in Nottingham and they worked fine.

If you want a custom set, make an appointment with your GP. After one look in your lugholes, he'll ask if you're a swimmer and refer you to the local Ear, Nose and Throat department. It's often a bit of a wait, but once you're there they'll refer you to the plug making department, who'll fill your ears with really weird feeling gunk then make some plugs. I had this done on Friday in Chester - it should be about a month until the plugs are made. Unfortunately, this won't quite be in time for my next trip, so I'm going to take 2 sets of proplugs. I'm planning on carrying on using proplugs for river running because you're hearing's less affected and you never go upside down unless you're playboating, right?

As for Uganda tips, take a noseplug and a spraydeck that won't pop. It's easy to scout Blade Runner from river left - a bit of a wade through a snake pit, but it's a far better idea than on-sighting it.

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Martine Law from KNW and the Scottish Surf Team just did her honours project on this, based on numerous case studies.

Fact: you get what you pay for, pro plugs are the best off the shelf product, but the custom swimmer plugs are the best by miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go to a hearing aid store or hospital ENT clinic and get a set made for £15 to £25 each, and they will last, so far 3 years for myself. But be sure to get a spare set.

Recommendated: all the following have them, Simon Hammond World Surf Champ, Loel Collins PyB Directory of Paddle Sport Coaching, Deb Pinniger, Lifestyle and full time paddlers, Olli Grau, etc, etc

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An Earwig has NO bearing on restricting surfers ear, it just keeps your head warm. Water immersion means water goes in your ears, and an earwig does nothing to stop this occurring!!

So go and get a set of custom swimmers ear plugs and your be happy.

Since getting the custom ear plugs in 2000, I have had NO ear infections nor hearing problems. All Surfers ear issues have stopped

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These are the ones I was thinking of :-

http://www.proplugs.com/

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Post by TokenCelt »

I've got some of the Doc's ProPlugs from Desperate Measures

Really comfy. They have a little gauge thing in the shop to make sure you get the right size.

They have a one way valve to equalise any presure

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I go deaf if play for too long in the swimming pool so it's a nightmare on a river. I keep meaning to do something proper. I tried an earwig and despite what Simon says it had an effect as it stopped the pressure building up but sure enough didn't do the whole trick. Tried pro-plugs and they worked for the first half of the session then no good. I now combine pro-plugs and an earwig and it works, the pro-plugs only have to stop dribbles of water.

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Hmmmm...Simon, that was a remarkably sweeping statement about the Ear Wig!

What the Ear Wig does do is prevent freezing cold water being jetted directly into your ears. You just get tepid water drifting again every now again. I've forgotten my Ear Wig a couple of times and really regretted it-ouch!

My ears are pretty good really considering the number of times I've rolled at Hurley on freezing cold Winter's nights, without ear plugs. I'm sure they wouldn't have been without the Ear Wig, which I've been wearing for years. So, to be honest, I'm actually quite grateful to Old Man Baker.

If you're getting persistent problems, midwinter in the UK, using both seems like a pretty good idea to me.

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I have purchased a Adult combo pack of vented pro plugs..which contains four different sizes so should be enough for Uganda. $32.

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Post by Simon Westgarth »

Indeed I have no doubt that your ear wig stops your head getting cold, and direct jetting of water into your ears. However where you swim in cold water or roll, there is a possibility of water entering the ear canal. The Ear wig is not water tight, therefore it can not stop water entering the ear canal.

Custom earplugs are the way to go, a better solution for your ears, and after having them drilled from surfers ear, and speaking at lenght to the Specialist in Bristol, these are the only real solution. This chap does most of the difficult op for the south west, and as that includes th emain UK surfin population I will take his advise and not some marketing on a neoprene skull cap keeping water out.

Note that Martine's Uni Honours project, which questioned a width number of paddlers concluded much the same!!!

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