Food for thought ! - "Pierced Ear plugs "
Posted 20 April 2003 - 10:02 PM
..... and I got a souvenier....... massive ear infection ( Acute diffuse external Otitis ) ( I even sound like a doctor now )
Well, I dive with a hood, and the pro-ear mask aint gonna work when I need to take my mask off if any issues ....simply too difficult i.e. when you get fog and want to re-clean it underwater ) ( looks pretty wanky too, but I am sure teh fish wont care ! )
Here is an idea............. food for thought. Ear plugs are a problem we all know....... but how about this........ ear plugs with a mini hole in it. ...read on..........
My idea is to fill the external ear canal with some simple mild fluid which will kill any bacteria ( maybe clean water with a drop of iodine in it ) and the "plug it" with the ear plug........ Dont panic...read on............ if there is a small hole going through the plug, it will allow sea water to slowly seep in to equalize the pressure, but the hole would be too small to allow the internal fluid to be entirely replaced by sea water during the dive, but big enough to allow for virtually immidiate equalized pressure. ( i.e. 0.3 mm in diameter )
We all know that fluids dont compress ( well, not 100% true really ) and as such, there will be no real flow thruough hole, but the pressure on both sides of the plug will be equalized ! )
I am sure it would work, and I am tired of being several weeks out of action due to ear infections.
Posted 21 April 2003 - 06:26 AM
- Col. John "Hannibal" Smith
Nikon, Seatool, Nexus, Inon
Posted 21 April 2003 - 06:30 AM
Posted 21 April 2003 - 01:56 PM
I've heared of a lot of divers here in germany who solved their ear problems this way, very successfully.
Posted 21 April 2003 - 05:53 PM
Thanks for your tips
Posted 21 April 2003 - 10:36 PM
Diving with a Hood:
It is possible to dive while using the ProEar 2000 mask with a hood. There are basically 2 options:
Put the hood on and then peel it back off the head, place the ProEar mask on your face and over your ears and then carefully place the hood back on the top of your head over the ear cups and mask straps.
By using the specially designed ProEar hood which will be available soon. This hood will allow for you to put the mask on over the top of the hood.
As Simon & the caveman said, you look incredibly silly with that, but I prefer to look silly in the water then fill silly on the boat when my buddies diving with hammerheads near the Jackson reef. In the last live aboard in Sinai I had a very hard inflammation in my ears and in the third day I couldn't dive anymore, lucky for me our instructor brought one Proear mask with him and its saved me the last 2 days.
To add to the silly look it was a pink mask
Nikon D200, Ikelite housing, Dual SB105.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:06 AM
Got a clean bill of health from the ENT today, and we had a discussion on prevention. He said ( have heard before ) that diving changes the ear from "acidic" to "alkaline" and bacteria then grow in this environment. Main recommendation was to try shift it back to acidic after diving.
So, I have heard a "formula" before something to the effect of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 alchohol ( no...not for swollowing) which will celan it out, and leave the ear acidic. Doc recons it will work, but is not sure about the ratio.
Secondly, her recommended a quick swab with Bentadine ( iodine solution - red stuff ) of the ear canal with a cue tip ( and yes, dont pierce the ear drum )
The Ear Plugs listed on Pro doc look good too...........