Posted by Rush
Posted by fullerene
If you're concerned about getting cauliflower ear it's a good idea to start wearing wrestling headgear. My experience is that most guys who drain eventually get lazy and just let the ear harden.
I've never used headgear and was fortunate to not get cauliflower ears, but I've always wondered why more guys do not wear head gear. Does it get in the way with fighting or impede your hearing/judgement? I know why hockey players do not like wearing visors and am wondering if it is for a similar reason.
I was pretty lucky, too, wrestling/grappling for several years with barely noticeable cauliflower. I then started dating a girl who was absolutely horrified by the ears she saw on some of my friends and made me swear to wear headgear from then on. IGiven that I have a job that requires me to spend some time in front of other white collar workers I conceded and have worn it since. I know that makes me sound like a wuss or a sell-out, but I point it out b/c although most guys you roll with will respect ear deformity it may not be something you want to take with you to a sales presentation or a first date.
Wearing it does have a few downsides. It makes your hearing a little distorted and it actuallly irritates your ears a bit (like wearing really tight headphones would), but not in a damaging way. But by far the biggest reason people don't wear them is the appearance. It just doesn't look cool.