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- 74% of avid surfers studied had Surfer's Ear
- prevents Surfers ear, also known as exostotis which may lead to costly surgery and deafness

Exostosis (surfer’s ear) is characterized by bony growth within the ear canal caused by persistent irritation of the bone by cold and water. Cold or warm air blowing into a wet ear lowers the temperature due to evaporation which stimulates bony growth. Also the skin’s surface is cooled by conduction, radiation and convection which causes heat loss that triggers bony growth.

Doc’s Proplugs is the only earplug that protects the ears from surfer’s ear by keeping a warm pocket of air in the canal and keeping cold water out without impeding hearing and balance. Anyone with severe narrowing of the ear canal can avoid frequent water blockage by wearing Proplugs, the earplug for sports professionals. Severe exostosis can be prevented from progressing by wearing proplugs and reinforcing consistent warmth by wearing hoods, hats and hair-bands especially when sleeping at night. Once severe exostosis develops and requires drilling,

Surfer's Ear Surgery

Surfer's ear surgery using micro-chisels; this technique promises quicker returns to the water! Thanks to Dr. Douglas Hetzler for the surgery video. Caution, graphic video...


" Doc's Proplugs are crucial for surfing. I've been using them for 10 years and I never go into the water without them. Without Proplugs you will develop surfers ear and then need your ears to be drilled." - (pro-surfer) Jason 'Ratboy' Collins

“Doc's Proplugs work really well, I have been wearing them for two weeks now, and they have not fallen out once. And my ear holes are dry after getting out of the water.
They have a small hole in each plug as well, so balance is not hindered too badly... And it means you can chat to your mates in the water.” – Ant Ant.

The Proper Fit Is Important

Doc’s Proplugs work best when they are properly fitted.



-Doc’s Proplugs are the official earplug of the USSF National Surf Team
-Endorsed by the International Surfing Association

- Does not obstruct the canal with silicon which is not recommended by the physicians, instead fits in the auricle to ensure ear protection and safety
- No messy sticky putty lost in ear.