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Scuba Divers
Doc's Proplugs, when used properly, will allow you to equalize pressure more easily while diving and will help to keep the inner ear warm.


Doc's Proplug

with Scott's Valve shown.


Doc's Proplug

keeps the ear warm while Scott's Valve allows for pressure equalization.

Scuba and free divers know how important safety and health is to their sport.

Swimmer’s Ear (external otitis) and dirty water that plagues rescue and salvage divers are common problems for divers. Cold water in direct contact with the eardrum will cause pain. Clearing the ears every few feet while descending will prevent this pain. Doc’s Proplugs can help prevent these distresses and are safe because the Scott’s valve allows the pressure to be equalized. Surface tension at the vent hole reduces the abrupt pressure changes that reach the sensitive eardrum. Clearing the ears frequently will make sure the Proplugs vent is open to avoid “ear squeeze” and possible ear damage. Proplug wearers who have trouble clearing their ears should check to make sure a lump of ear wax is not blocking the canal or butting up against the vent. If the vent is fouled by debris while descending it is best to remove the Proplug. If fouled while ascending, there is no problem because the air and water under pressure can escape around the Proplug.

Scuba divers can purchase Doc’s Proplugs at any scuba shop. Scuba shops will carry the fitting set to determine your correct size. You may also purchase Doc’s Proplugs directly from International Aquatic Trades, Inc.

Note: Do not use the pink or blue non-vented Doc’s Proplugs for scuba diving if you have an intact eardrum.


Advice for person with a ruptured eardrum

Do not dive. If you are a die-hard and must dive, try to seal off the ear canal. You can do this with cotton mixed with Vaseline. Use a cotton plug big enough to fill the canal, about 1/2" long x 3/8" thick. Sew a thread through the plug and bring the thread to outside of the ear canal so that the cotton plug can be pulled out easily after the dive. A Proplug should be placed in the ear to further hold the cotton plug in place. The Proplug can be vented, as the vent will be sealed by Vaseline. A vented Proplug must be used in the normal ear. The ruptured eardrum must be checked from time to time by a physician to see if it has healed. When one tries to equalize on dry land there will be a thud with a normal intact eardrum. If there is a big hole, the sound will be like a "whoof" and if the hole is tiny, the sound will be a squeak or squeal. So be very careful. I advise that you do not take chances. It is best to not dive.


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Dear Doc's Proplugs,
I've just come back from a vacation in the Dominican Republic that included some diving in Sosua Bay. I've had a lot of trouble equalizing in the past and have often had to deal with MEB (middle ear barotrauma), characterized by nosebleeds and more when surfacing. I bought a pair of your vented proplugs and tried them out this time and was pleasantly surprised that my first dive with them was painless and very comfortable. This seems like a great product that more people need to know about.
Best wishes,
Susheel J. Kurien

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My name is Mark Zurl. As an avid technical diver, I can only say that Proplugs have allowed me to continue to enjoy my favorite hobby when a ruptured eardrum threatened to take me out of the water forever. I tore a hole in my left eardrum. This unfortunate accident occurred when I jumped off the back of a dive vessel in an attempt to dive a deep shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean. Shortly after descent from the surface, I experienced total vertigo as cold water entered my inner left ear. Approximately one month after this incident and my return to scuba, I was disappointed to discover my ear, although healed, would never be the same. It was then suggested by a friend and charter boat captain that I try Doc's Proplugs. I reluctantly took his advice, but was convinced they would never work. What I discovered was that Doc's Proplugs was the solution I was looking for. In fact today, I will no longer enter the water without them. Doc's Proplugs are the reason that I can continue to enjoy my favorite hobby of diving the deep wrecks of South Florida. And, I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for such simple solution for my injury.
Mark Zurl