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By Jud (racing4funn) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 12:55 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I got these silicone putty ear plugs but they won't change shape and they aren't soft enough to work.. I don't want to stop riding.. its only a small hole but it has to stay dry and yes I did it on the lake..

anyone have any ideasan

By E Double U (three6ty) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 1:10 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Go to a ENT and get some custom earplugs made. Only about $80.
Or you can get some docs pro plugs. You can order them online or call and ENT's office or a Hearing center and see if they have them in stock.

By Derek Hagood (darv) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 2:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Rode with my pro plugs the first time yesterday. I loved them! I could even hear the music with them in.
By Kevin Garduno (kevin_garduno) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 2:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Wait for it to heal. Missing a little bit of riding nothing compared to possibly being deaf in that ear for life.
By Kyle (lfxstar) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 2:47 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I didn't wait for mine to heal and i ended up with a serious infection and was out for a month and almost lost the hearing in my right ear, which still drains cerumen two years later...WAIT
By Nick C (wakedude83) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 5:04 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
You can try the earplugs for airplaines. I think they are called earplanes. They are really cheap and won't fall out or get jammed further into your ear. Don't use cotton.
By Dan (texastbird) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 5:53 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Plug them as good as you can and then drop some hydrogen peroxide in after you ride. Don't use alcohol drops - it'll hurt like hell if it gets behind your ear drum. The peroxide even hurts a little bit, and feels really weird when it starts foaming in your ear, but it will prevent the infection. I used peroxide and plugs when I perf'd my eardrum earlier this year and had on problem with infection. Took about a month ot heal up. Also, when the hole starts to close, be careful about things like sneezing or blowing your nose, as that kind of thing can reopen the hole. You'll be able to tell when it is getting close to closing up.
By Peter Chandler (peter_c) on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 9:38 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I lost 1/3 of my hearing in my left ear, from a blown ear drum. Wait until it is healed before riding again.
By Jared Power (power_rider) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 9:25 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
DO NOT RIDE. IT IS NOT WORTH THE INFECTION. I busted mine crashing on my board and got water in it and I was infected for weeks and the pain is killer. My eardrum actaully healed but, the infection was still there. So, DO NOT RIDE!!!!
By Rich Dykmans (richd) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 10:20 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
"which still drains cerumen"

YUK, That sounds pretty gross! (what the hell is it?)

By doctor octagon (dococ) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:45 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Don't be a dumb@ss, two weeks of not riding will mean nothing in the grand scheme of your life. Take care of your hearing.

By Brett B. (bbking) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:54 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
its earwax
By Sean Griswold (seangriswold) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:57 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
gonna agree with everyone else! I blew mine last year not worth the potential permanent damage. WAIT FOR IT TO HEAL!!
By Brannon (fullspeed) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 9:22 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I blew my eardrum out two years ago and this is what I did so I could keep ridding. Ear wax insert and a swim cap along with a helmet with ear covers. I looked pretty stupid, but who cares I still got to ride.

My balance was off, but at least I was on the water. I blew my ear out wakeboarding right before a huge family camping trip.

By Jud (racing4funn) on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 11:18 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Well I have a follow up apt in two weeks.. I will wait and maybe get good news in a few weeks. Years ago I blew the other one suba diving and I had to keep it dry for 3 months. I thought that was a normal amount of time and thats why I didnt want to wait.. I dont want to lose my whole summer
By SoCal M.O.B (rnopr8) on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 10:21 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Dan----bad advice---

Nothing should go in your ear except antibiotic ear drops when you have a hole in your eardrum. I had 3 sets of tubes in my ears over a 2 year period and didn't miss 1 day of riding. Try different types of plugs until you find one you like. If you choose to not ride, that's ok, but you don't have to. Only once in 2 years did the plugs come out while riding and I just put antibiotic drops in. It is do-able.

By gangstar (joe_crawley) on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 11:46 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Don't ride until it heals, usually takes mine 4-6 weeks, and wear a helmet so it never happens again. I popped mine 3 consecutive summers before I learned a helmet is as important as a life jacket if you want to ride all summer.
By Brett Treiber (pc_sledge) on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 5:26 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I've blown mine three different times, if it leads to an infection you'll get seriously ill very quickly. I would wait.
By Matt (metz213) on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 8:20 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I went to the doc today and found out that I had a hole in my eardrum. He gave me some ear drops for it and I also got some ear plugs from the store. I got to go back in 2 weeks...Think I can ride or not?
By SoCal M.O.B (rnopr8) on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 8:52 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yes...ride. Just wear the plugs.
By Kyle (lfxstar) on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 9:10 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Lol Rich, yeah cerumen is ear wax. Just finished up my first year of med school and i find myself inadvertantly using the terminology. I am now a wakeboard nerd BUT when i blew it and it got infected, my girlfriend wouldn't sleep in the bed with me because it drained so much, oh college and dorm beds, haha
By Matt (metz213) on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 2:22 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Anymore input on this? Im just concerned about the plugs falling out or water getting in.
By Dan (texastbird) on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 2:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Well you saw how I got flamed for suggesting that it was okay to ride at all. That said, when I did ride with my perf'd eardrum, I rode with plugs, but I still got some water in there and it clearly got behind the eardrum. I used peroxide, but you have better antibiotic drops... Anyway, in my case, I made sure to get some drops in my ear asap after getting home from the lake. I pulled my earlobe to help open up the hole in the eardrum and let the drops through. I never got an infection and my eardrum was healed in just under a month. I have no perceptible loss of hearing, either. YMMV

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