For many divers, ear problems affect their ability to enjoy their sport more than any other health issue. More dives are aborted and more diving holidays are shortened due to ear problems than any other cause.
Water and pressure affect every diver's ears.
Infection and discomfort to the ear are the most common health risks involved in diving, often causing permanent damage. Many divers find they must interrupt expensive, long awaited diving explorations as a result of ear problems.
PROEAR 2000™ is the world's only practical ear protector for divers, designed and developed by diving physicians, engineers and instructors in order to enhance diver safety and comfort.
PROEAR 2000™ unique design and performance, allows divers to keep their ears dry, thereby:
* Improving diver comfort and preventing painful ear problems
* Improving hearing and sense of direction underwater
* Simplifying equalization of pressures while diving
PROEAR 2000™ offers a high quality and cost effective solution to a common and often vexing problem experienced by almost all divers, the original ProEar was created after years of research and development to offer a high-quality, low-volume mask that is made from the highest quality liquid-injected silicone and polycarbonate plastics.
Available in Clear with Blue frame
Available in Black with Black frame
How the ProEar 2000 works
The ear cups cover the ears forming a watertight seal (once properly positioned and taking care to take out all excessive hair). Air is allowed into the ear cups when exhaling through the nose into the mask and then through the thin tubing which runs from the mask skirt into the ear cups passing through non return valves in the tube and into the ear cups. This allows the air space in the ear cups to equalize according to ambient pressure. The mask, ear cups and indeed the entire respiratory system become a closed circuit equalized air pressure system.
The ear cups serve as a primary filter of ambient water pressure from the sea and the tubes mimic the Eustachian tubes allowing the diver to easily equalize the pressure in the ear cup before it ever reaches the ear drum.
All the diver has to do is gently blow air through his nose to keep the ambient pressure (taken from the regulator) into the mask and ear cups. This creates a kind of 'buffering' effect that basically allows the ears to equalize in 2 stages. The first from the sea pressure into the ear cup and the second from the ear cup onto the eardrum.
The action of the silicone tube mimics the Eustachian tube but transports air in a much easier less obstructed fashion. The silicone membrane of the ear cup mimics the eardrum but is obviously more flexible and not effected by cold or pollutants.
Some divers will still have to pinch their nose shut in order to equalize but the process should definitely be easier. The ear cups can be cleared of any water similar to clearing your mask.
The ProEar 2000 mask also protects against ear infections, bony calcium deposits in the ear, and cold. The ProEar 2000 also allows for the directionality of sound, thereby allowing the diver (for the first time) to actually sense where sound direction is coming from!