Can I Use Ear Plugs to Prevent Ear Infections While Diving? #scuba #askmark

Last Updated on September 11, 2023 by Mark Newman

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@gavinsmith28
#askmark Hi, I’ve been diving for ages and have always struggled with ear infections, how do you rate Docs Proplugs? Are there alternatives? Thanks,Gavin
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#AskMark hi! I was hoping you could help me understand the interchangeability of a DSMB and a simple SMB if I only plan to use it when I deploy it during my safety stop at 5 meters. I used the simple version for this purpose during my last liveaboard and despite occasionally having to reinflate at the surface due to some air escaping while being deployed underwater, it didn’t seem to be too problematic and so I was wondering if it’s necessary to have a DSMB for this purpose? The issue for me is that somehow I tend to end up misplacing my SMB quite often and so the price difference between the two makes it a more acceptable loss when it’s replacing the SMB regularly rather than the DSMB at double the cost
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@emilyZA460
#AskMark hi! I was hoping you could help me understand the interchangeability of a DSMB and a simple SMB if I only plan to use it when I deploy it during my safety stop at 5 meters. I used the simple version for this purpose during my last liveaboard and despite occasionally having to reinflate at the surface due to some air escaping while being deployed underwater, it didn’t seem to be too problematic and so I was wondering if it’s necessary to have a DSMB for this purpose? The issue for me is that somehow I tend to end up misplacing my SMB quite often and so the price difference between the two makes it a more acceptable loss when it’s replacing the SMB regularly rather than the DSMB at double the cost
#scuba #scubadiving #scubadiver
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Kevin White
Kevin White
8 months ago

I use the proair mask and it really helps me prevent OUTTER ear infections (in the ear canal). However, I was still getting INNER ear infections (behind the eardrum) every single time I dove…….after several appointments with an ENT doctor we discovered that it was due to the way I equalized my ears. I held my nose and blew as I decended. What I was doing was blowing the “stuff” in my sinuses into my inner ears where it didn’t drain back out. It just sat there and gave me the feeling that I had water in my ear…..which i did, kind of. But it wasn’t water in my ear canal, it was snot behind my eardrum. It sat there and caused an infection……..I changed the way I equalized over to swallowing as I decend. It’s a slower process so I now take longer to decend, but i have gone from getting an ear infection every single time I went diving, to having been on 12 dives since making the change and not getting a single infection since………so my advice is just because you are getting ear infections, it might not be from water getting into you ear canal. It might be an INNER ear infection from “stuff” getting into your inner ear, behind your eardrum. Earplugs and proair masks aren’t going to fix that……best talk with your doctor to see what type of ear infection you have.

Woody
Woody
Reply to  Kevin White
8 months ago

I’ve found the best way to equalize if I’m having problems is to do a closed mouth yawn. If that doesn’t work, swimming up a few metres usually does the trick. Very seldom do I do the pinch nose solution.
I’ve had infections from time to time, and occasionally had to get my ears flushed. I chalk up the infections to the body of water I was in. eg quarry. Usually wearing a hood or beanie keeps a lot of the crap out of my ears.

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith
8 months ago

Yes! Doc’s ProPlugs (vented) have really helped me Mark – I managed a Red Sea trip. Thanks for responding!

ardavan niroomand
ardavan niroomand
8 months ago

I had a very bead ear infection a couple of weeks before heading out to Maldives. I bought an IST Tecnomar Pro Ear mask and used it Maldives. Super happy with it.

Mark Hogg
Mark Hogg
8 months ago

I have had a terrible summer with ear problems; all the more frustrating since I live in Malta. I have since purchased a pro-ear mask and have so far dived twice (admittedly shallow; max 15 meters’ dives) and all has worked out well. I enjoy the sensation of equalising the mask through to the ears; the mask has a film on the glass to avoid it fogging up and I find equalising my ears a lot easier. I am also aware (due to the ear covers) how noisy my breathing can be! All in I am very happy with the outcome and intend to continue diving this way.

SubjektObjektPrädikat
SubjektObjektPrädikat
8 months ago

It even helps to rinse the ears with (clean) fresh water after the dive, just a squeze from a gym bottle type.

Dreoni
Dreoni
8 months ago

I have used the pro plugs in a red sea liveaboard. They were a godsend. I dove without them for the first two days and started to get problems equalizing. I switched to proplugs and the problems disappeared and I was super comfy for the rest of the trip. As Mark sayed, at the end of each day I used an ear dryer solution (but not between each dive since it can dry them too much and make them less flexible). Using a hood could also be a good alternative to proplugs.

Saul
Saul
8 months ago

Very informative as usual thank you

Toad OU812
Toad OU812
8 months ago

Try the PADI “Ear Beer” recipe: Mixture of half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol. “This simple solution changes the pH balance to prevent swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) and other bacterial infections.”

Mr. Beacher
Mr. Beacher
Reply to  Toad OU812
8 months ago

What % running alcohol?

Mr. Beacher
Mr. Beacher
Reply to  Toad OU812
8 months ago

What % rubbing alcohol?

Craig Barraclough
Craig Barraclough
Reply to  Toad OU812
8 months ago

White wine vinegar and water works as well. 50/50 mix in a spray bottle

Leopold Bloom
Leopold Bloom
8 months ago

I‘ve always been prone to ear infections. For a few years now, I wear a buff when diving to cover my ears and protect them against wind on the surface and against everything in the water that might get into my ear canals. Works reasonably well. (As its a red one, I also hope for a Jacques Cousteau vibe, but I guess the best look I can realistically expect is that of an old pirate. 😉)

geemac
geemac
Reply to  Leopold Bloom
8 months ago

#ASK MARK…I can totally relate to ear problems as I also suffered with a right ear infection until I was diagnosed and treated by an ENT Specialist. The following treatment was prescribed and it works: Prescription of ‘Triamcinolone + Neomycin + Gramicidin + Nystatin 7.5ml Ear Drops x 3 drops per infected ear x 3 times per day for 2 weeks. Then 3 drops per ear x 3 times per day for 3 days prior to planned dive day. PRE-DIVE: Tilt your head/ear upwards. Insert 1 drop of prescribed meds per infected ear, prior to each dive. POST-DIVE: Tilt your head fully and use a suitable ear dropper to squeeze a small quantity of ‘Hydrogen Peroxide Solution – 3% BP’ from a bottle containing Hydrogen Peroxide 30mg/g into your ear—— First use will sound like Coke a Cola fizzing in your ear. Don’t freak out as this is normal and indicates the solution is cleaning the ear canal. Wait 2-minutes and insert a small twisted tissue gently into your ear canal before tilting your ear downwards to drain the excess fluid. Use the same process for both ears —DO NOT USE COTTON BUDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES— My ENT Specialist recommends the Hydro-Peroxide treatment process, in addition to (individual) prescription drops – to most scuba patients. His wife has been using the Hydro-Peroxide treatment successfully for 25 years. The Hydro-Peroxide solution can be purchased at most supermarkets and must be stored out of direct sunlight in a suitably cool cabinet, etc. The ENT prescribed drops must be refrigerated but not frozen….BTW…I always wear a dry suit with a tight-fitting hood. I found the aforementioned ear treatment and my choice of exposure suit with a hood; makes equalizing easier when descending 👎to our agreed depth, and likewise when ascending👍 to our 3min/5m safety stop. I shall investigate the practical aspects of using a mask with attached ear pockets, but I tend to look at things from a “Why try to fix or change something if it ain’t broken?” I can assure you that this repetitive, simple and inexpensive pre & post-dive process works for me. I hope that this process, or something similar, works👌for all divers suffering from 👉👂ear infections or similar equalizing issues, and they can enjoy more ‘bottom time’🤿 “🤙,,

Dane
Dane
8 months ago

Otoscope: special doctor eyeglass.

Douglas Oliveira
Douglas Oliveira
8 months ago

Such a nice timing! I was wondering about this matter lately haha. Love the videos! Learned SO MUCH thanks to the community and, of course, you Mark! Much appreciated truly!!

Jason Baker
Jason Baker
8 months ago

I’ve been diving for decades and have done dozens of trips lasting a week or more. In my early years of diving, I would inevitably get an ear infection after 4 days of multi-dives per day. After starting to use vented doc pro plugs, I’ve never gotten another ear infection again. This is over 500+ dives and 15 years. I consider these ear plugs the most essential part of my kit for dive trips.

Craig Barraclough
Craig Barraclough
Reply to  Jason Baker
8 months ago

Same here! Doc pro plugs are way to go

Tontsyy
Tontsyy
8 months ago

I have the pro ear mask – ugly looking and not very comfy BUT they do what they say.

I will be removing the ear pods and the tubes and refitting them to an alternative mask, perhaps my hunter because I don’t want to be putting holes in the skirt of my Vx1 😂

Diver Down
Diver Down
8 months ago

I’ve been curious about those masks, thank you for explaining how they work! How do they work with hooded masks?

RJON
RJON
8 months ago

As some have said just change the PH balance in the ear. Use an eye dropper bottle with vinegar and water. If you want to use alcohol instead of water that’s fine. If you HAVE swimmers ear already, then go to 100% vinegar in the ear. Fill the ear canal with the drops and keep the head held to the side and wait a few minutes. Treat as often as you like. A day or so you should be good. Maybe use less % or more as a preventative measure before and after diving. But as always talk with your dctor.

Simon Massingham
Simon Massingham
8 months ago

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8 months ago

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