Best Ear Plugs for Surfers (2020 Edition)

When choosing the best ear plugs for surfing, you have to prioritize a couple of things with safety being at the forefront.

If you are surfing in an area where the water gets very cold then ear plugs are a must as can make you prone to getting surfer’s ear.

Alternatively, wearing ear plugs can help prevent ear infections by limiting the water that enters your inner ear.

Creatures of Leisure SurfEars
Creatures of Leisure SurfEars

WHAT IS SURFERS EAR?

Surfer’s ear is condition where the ear canal or passage gets blocked by small bony growths (exostoses) and this may lead to hearing loss. This occurs due to constant exposure to cold water or cold wind as may occur in surfing.

Other symptoms of surfer’s ear include hearing loss, inflammation, pain, and infection. The hearing loss starts off gradually and may be accompanied by occasional ear aches that begin as dull pain but quickly progress to more severe pain.

With time you may begin dreading surfing when the wind is blowing right in your face because this is likely to trigger pain. Lastly, you may start experiencing repeated ear infections prompting you to seek medical help. This is when you are likely to get a diagnosis of surfer’s ear. The treatment is surgery to chisel out the extra bone. To prevent all this, simply wear high-quality ear plugs.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING THE BEST EAR PLUGS?

There are a couple of things that you should consider when buying ear plugs for surfing; cost comes at the bottom of the list.

The first thing that you should be looking it is the effectiveness of the ear plug. Is it doing what it is supposed to do? This means keeping water and wind out of your ear canal.

Should you find a couple of ear plugs that are effective you then need to select a few that offer maximum comfort. It should fit comfortably in your ear and remain there unnoticed. You will need to wear the ear plug to confirm that it fits comfortably and will not keep falling into the water as your surf. Some have adjustable features and that provide perfect comfort.

You should also check how much you can hear when you are wearing the ear plugs. Given, you are not aiming for 100% hearing, this is not necessary when surfing. However, you should at least be able to hear a splash near you, a wave breaking close to you, or someone paddling close by.

Lastly, you should be looking for ear plugs that are easy to clean and maintain. These small gadgets will be spending lot of time in your ear and so they better be clean at all times. They should also have a carrying case for ease of storage.

With that sorted, here is our recommendation for the best ear plugs for surfing.

Our Choice

Creatures of Leisure SurfEars Water Out Sound in Ear Plugs

This is our number one ear plug that offers amazing features. We absolutely love it for one thing; it keeps all water out and keeps most of the sound in. This means that it prevents water from getting into the ear and at the same time it does not affect your hearing when surfing. Not many ear plugs are able to do this.

We also like these ear plugs because they are easy to keep clean. They are designed with a proprietary acoustic mesh that blocks water, wind, and dirt from getting into the ear. This will help prevent inflammation, infection, and overgrowth of bones in the ear.

SurfEars features include:

  • Keeps water out and sound in with mesh technology
  • Eco packaging with a premium case
  • Improved leash
  • Improved water seal
  • Easy to clean and store
  • Multiple ear plug sizes
Creatures of Leisure SurfEars
Creatures of Leisure SurfEars

Runner Up

JBL Hydro Seal Aqua Plugs

JBL Hydro Seals Aqua Ear Plugs utilize an advanced multi-baffle polymer design to provide a barrier between the water and your ear canal.

They have a noise breaker feature that allows normal sound to get to the ear and prevents build-up of pressure in the ears. This makes it easy to clear the ears after a wipeout. They come in three sizes; small, medium, and large. They are also customized for the left and right ear.

JBL Hydro Seals features:

  • Doctor recommended
  • Comes in three different sizes for maximum comfort
  • Left and right ear for custom fit
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Designed to keep water out of the ear
  • Prevents pressure from building up in the ear
  • Surfers can hear normal sounds
  • Prevents inflammation and infection

Other than these two, several other ear plugs have caught our attention for one reason or the other.

JBL Hydro Seal Aqua Plugs
JBL Hydro Seal Aqua Plugs

More Ear Plugs For Surfing

Below are more options to keep the water out of your ears.

Doc's Proplugs Clear Vented

Doc's Pro Plugs are made from soft plastic that is latex-free. The ear plug takes the shape of the inner ear while the wing fits perfectly into the ear.

These ear plugs come in three sizes; small, medium, and large. We love the venting feature that allows your ear to clear after you have taken a wash or hold down. This prevents pressure build-up and improves hearing. They are also great for keeping water and wind safely out of the ear when surfing.

Doc's Proplugs Clear Vented
Doc's Proplugs Clear Vented

Mack's Ear Seals Dual Purpose Earplugs

Mack’s is a trusted brand and they do not disappoint when it comes to ear plugs for surfing. The appearance is quite basic with a stiff core and soft seal rings around. They are easy to fit and have a good grip in the ear in spite of not having a wing.

They come with a braided leash that is not removable which helps to keep the ear plugs in place as you surf. Hearing is good with this ear plugs. Unfortunately, these ear plugs come in one standard size.

Mack's Ear Seals Dual Purpose Earplugs
Mack's Ear Seals Dual Purpose Earplugs

Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs

This moldable ear plugs from Mack’s are quite cheap but great when it comes to comfort. You simply mold them into a ball and fit them over the ear and they will block all water and wind. This makes them very effective.

Unfortunately, they also block all sound meaning that you will not be able to hear anything once you wear them. They can get dirty and sandy after a short while.

Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs
Mack's Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs

EQ Seals Balance Pro Ear Plug

These bright orange ear plugs have an innovate silicone design that allows for a one-size-fits-all model. It comes with a breathable membrane at the core that allows air to circulate in the ear canal. This is necessary for hearing and balance.

These ear plugs are easy to insert and remove. They attach firmly and will hardly fall out, which is good as they do not have a leash.

Because they have a bright orange color that are easy to spot if they fall into the water. The membrane promotes hearing and balance which are essential for a surfer; this is perhaps the most unique feature about these ear plugs. Lastly, they come with a loop that makes it easy to hang on walls or attach to your keys.

EQ Seals Balance Pro Ear Plug
EQ Seals Balance Pro Ear Plug

GOOQ Soft Silicone Earplugs

These are premium surfing ear plugs that have wings and come in different sizes. They are waterproof as they are designed specifically for use in the water. The wing design ensures that ear plugs are always in the spot where they are supposed to be. They also have close to zero acoustic loss. This means that you will be able to hear sounds closest to you.

GOOQ Soft Silicone Earplugs
GOOQ Soft Silicone Earplugs

Alpine SurfSafe

These ear plugs are silicone free and have been designed for maximum protection from cold water and wind which makes them ideal for cold-water surfer.

They are comfortable to wear and remove. They have minimal damping of ambient noise meaning that hearing is possible with these ear plugs. They are easy to clean and will help to prevent ear infection.

Being silicone free they do not irritate the ear. They are reusable ear plugs.

Alpine SurfSafe
Alpine SurfSafe

Speedo Biofuse Aquatic Ear Plug

Speedo is a reputable brand with global recognition in the swim wear industry. They also work well for surfing.

These ear plugs have an ergonomic design that prevents water from entering the ear canal. They also utilize “biofuse” technology to keep them in harmony with the body. They are easy to fit and will remain in place until you remove them. They are also comfortable and easy to clean.

Speedo Biofuse Aquatic Ear Plug
Speedo Biofuse Aquatic Ear Plug

Nike Swim Ear Plugs

Nike? Yep, that Nike. Nike’s ear plugs are made from soft rubber and come in a double flange design that makes them flexible. The end is flared to prevent water from getting into the ear. They are easy to insert and remove and also very comfortable.

They come in unique colors such as hyper crimson.

This wraps up our discussion on the best ear plugs for surfers. Make sure to get a pair before hitting the waves.

Nike Swim Ear Plugs
Nike Swim Ear Plugs

This wraps up our discussion on the best ear plugs for surfers. Make sure to get a pair before hitting the waves.Not many ear plugs are able to do this.