“Doc’s Pro Earplugs”: Does any know anything of these?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by O.M.O.H., Jan 12, 2007.

  1. O.M.O.H.

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    During the last year I missed good portion of the diving season here in the Northeast US due to the unusually high, for me at least, frequency of “swimmer’s ear” episodes that I had. As a result I was getting a lot of earache, trouble equalizing, liquid in the ears, otitis, etc. My doctor told me that I should look up something called “Doc’s Pro Earplugs” specifically made for scuba divers (there ones made for surface swimmers also). Apparently they are very good in prevention ear problems for scuba divers such as swimmer’s ear, otitis, make it easier to equalize, etc.
    Has anyone tried these? I would really appreciate your opinion and experience with these.
    Thanks
     
  2. drew52

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    I used the ones for surfing. Used them once or twice and they were terrible and I decided to just take my chances. Couldn't hear a thing, my ears got wet any way and the noise from the wind and waves was something else. I figured i'd probably loose my hearing if I carried on.

    Never dived with any of them so can't help you with the dive ones but my experience of the surf ones is enough to put me off. I guess for the price they may be worth a try but they certainly aren't for me.
     
  3. PriusDrIVER

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  4. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    They're great. Get the fitting kit and then order up a couple of pairs of the ---> red vented plugs. The clear ones are too easy to lose.
     
  5. scubajas

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    They are worth the $11 bucks .i had trouble equilizing and i tried them glad i did........
     
  6. PriusDrIVER

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  7. annasea

    annasea Loggerhead Turtle

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    I asked this same question on another scuba forum after seeing an advert for them in Alert Diver. Two of the people that responded actually use them on a regular basis and just love them! Based on this positive feedback, I'll definitely ask my ENT specialist about them when I see him next month. (My right ear is a nightmare to equalize. :()
     
  8. O.M.O.H.

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    Mod,

    Please move this to Diving Medicine. Sorry for placing it here. Still new to the board.
     
  9. Kayla

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    I use them, and I love them. I had issues for a long time equalizing my ears, and this has pretty much solved that problem! For as inexpensive as they are, its DEFINETLEY worth it.
     
  10. Diving Doc

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    There is another alternative called the IST Pro ear mask. This has covers for the ears and has proved very popular amongst people who have ear probs at my dive centre
     
  11. O.M.O.H.

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    First thing first:
    Huge thanks to all for their replies!

    Nice yeah, i wish i knew about it before i got my 100-dollar atomic mask :rofl3:
    Anyway, i dive mostly in Long Island and New Jersey so i wear 7mm suit with the hood and soon to be using dry suit exclusively throughout the year. And that pro-ear mask requires a proprietary hood, which is not awailable in dry version.
    So Pro-plugs for me i guess. I already got a fitting kit from Leisure pro. It's just 3 blocks from me.
     
  12. Diving Doc

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    sorry bud, just thought it might be a nice alternative to sticking things in your ears! Hope they work out for you and you get rid of that irratating sticky ear thing
     
  13. O.M.O.H.

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    I am just hoping this year will be more productive for me, in terms of number of dives, than the last.
    I gotta try that mask anyway. I will see if anyone has one locally. This way i'll go to the pool and give it a comparative trial as in Pro Plugs Vs. Pro Ear mask. If that happens i will post my thoughts.
    Thanks for bringing it up!
     
  14. WesTexDiver

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    My Mother uses Docs Pro plugs, because changing water temps in her ears seem to give her realy bad Vertigo. make sure you get the "Vented" ones. Cheers...
     
  15. O.M.O.H.

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    Ohh look i was wrong: http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=proearhoodist

    I love what they say at the end of the product description:
    :rofl3:
     
  16. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Scuba Instructor

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    I guess ear shrinkage isn't a problem with that setup.
     
  17. O.M.O.H.

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    He he nope.
     
  18. TomP

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    OMOH,
    If you go the proplug route i absolutely second the idea of getting the red ones and more than one set. I've lost track of my clear ones too many times.
    I've used the 'Ear Beer' recipe, referenced in the second DAN link posted by PriusDrIVER, with great success both here in Wreck Valley and in the Caribbean as well
     
  19. O.M.O.H.

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    Thanks to all for their feedback on ProPlugs!

    I see you are from NJ; do you belong to any dive club?
     
  20. Benny-c

    Benny-c Angel Fish

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    Simple (& cost effective;) )solution to ear infection problems......

    Before entering the water use a little olive oil in the offending ear/s BEFORE they get wet. BTW Ask any ENT specialist, olive oil is non irritant to the outer ear.

    This works for me & I had constant problems, even an operation & since I have started using the oil.....no problems.

    Try it!!

    Benny
     

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