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Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:36 am

Ear Plugs for Scuba?
- Back when I learned Scuba diving in the 1960's, we were told to NEVER use ear plugs for Scuba diving because the pressure would drive them into your ear canal. But last Summer two of my dive buddies started using a new ear plug that is supposed to be okay for diving. They're called "Doc's Pro Plugs" https://www.proplugs.com/t-applications ... iving.aspx.
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- The ones used for Scuba diving are vented, so apparently they let in some water, enough to transfer the pressure without driving the earplug into your ear. There's a very extensive explanation at the link above. Both of these dive buddies have used these ear plugs successfully for several dives.
- But on one dive trip, each of them experienced a dive where they had blood coming out of one ear after the dive. One of them was experiencing pain (during the dive) before the pain suddenly went away. That's the ear that had blood coming out when he surfaced.
- So, what do you think caused the bleeding? What do you think of wearing ear plugs for diving? :?:
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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:06 pm

Sure sounds like ear drum tissue giving way that caused the bleeding after pain of pressure then sudden relief.

Francie has used them on several dives with much better luck, and she thought they helped a little with equalization (which has always been a little slow for her). Until she lost them. (I hope they didn't meet in the middle somewhere) I think they made two versions, a vented one for diving and non- vented for keeping dry, but not to be used for diving.

Could it be your friends had the wrong kind or just weren't really understanding that equalization still has to be properly done when wearing the vented ones. You can't just push them in and think you can ignore physics. Duh... if it hurts you are going deeper than your ears want to you to go.... STOP and equalize! :shock:
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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 am

Excuse me for being dense but if the purpose of plugs is to keep water out of the ear exactly what purpose is there to plugs that do let water into the ear.
This is like the little girl in the dishwasher commercial asking, "exactly what does the dishwasher do" because her mother washes the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:19 pm

captain wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 am
Excuse me for being dense but if the purpose of plugs is to keep water out of the ear exactly what purpose is there to plugs that do let water into the ear.
This is like the little girl in the dishwasher commercial asking, "exactly what does the dishwasher do" because her mother washes the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
Very good question. Sounds crazy to be putting ear plugs in to go diving. This link gives a better explanation, but basically they are supposed to assist equalization. I have never tried them, but FT found that they seemed to give her a little help. https://www.proplugs.com/t-applications ... iving.aspx
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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:14 pm

I used them for many dives with no problem untill I lost one. They did not seem to help with equalization nor do I see how they would. They are vented through a tiny hole to equalize preasure. What they do: they keep you from getting a shot of freezing cold water from slamming into your ear drum every time you turn your head. Some water will get in, but it warms up and stays there. If fitted right, which is the hard part, they dont leak much. I wonder if these gentleman are those that produce much ear wax, and plugged the tiny vent hole.

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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:11 am

Not vintage, but if you want to keep your noggin warm and not have cold water getting to your ears, these guys ( http://www.otterbaysuits.com/Otter_Bay_ ... suits.html ) make custom hoods that are really great. 12mm on top and 5mm around your face and neck. Just the thing for sub 40 degree diving.

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Re: Ear Plugs for Scuba?

Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:35 am

captain wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:42 am
Excuse me for being dense but if the purpose of plugs is to keep water out of the ear exactly what purpose is there to plugs that do let water into the ear.
This is like the little girl in the dishwasher commercial asking, "exactly what does the dishwasher do" because her mother washes the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.

Ditto and I'll pass on this junk.
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