Q Does wearing the ProEar 2000 feel a little strange at first?
A The ProEar is a totally new concept and style for diving. Like all new things it takes some time getting used to. We believe that once you get used to this new style you will indeed be very comfortable as this has been our experience to date. It usually takes 2 or 3 dives before this happens. It is reminicent of when the Life Vest (earlier form of todays BC) was introduced into the diving market around 30 years ago. There was resistance by the veteran divers due to discomfort etc. But in the end, the L.V.�s benefits and improved styling won the day and now every diver uses a B.C. today.
Q How do I wear the ProEar and what happens if water still leaks into the ear cups?
A Once again, this is a matter of technique and practice. We have a detailed section in our website titled "How to use" but basically The ProEar if properly worn will fit almost all head shapes. If someone has especially skinny features or extremely curly and long hair there may be some small leakage which can easily be cleared while diving. Most of the problems come from not wearing the gear properly and can be corrected with proper instruction and supervision. The good news is that even in the worst case scenario, the only thing that happens if a perfect seal is not achieved is that water gets in your ears which is where you are at diving today.
Q If the ear cup floods will there be a sudden increase in pressure?
A No, this cannot happen as the mask and ear cup create a "closed circuit" ambient pressure system. Essentially the mask pressure and the ear cup pressure are the same as the surrounding water. What you will feel is a sharp drop in temperature, especially in colder waters as the warm, dry environement becomes a cold wet one!!!
Q How long would it take to get use to it?
A Like I said, 2-3 dives max. We generally recommend practicing for the first time in the pool.
Q Is this product is for ear-problem diver only?
A Absolutely not, There are 3 markets for the ProEar 2000 mask:
- Problem Solving Market:
People who have chronic ear problems whether due to recurring infections, perforated or damaged ear drums or difficulty clearing their ears due Eustachian tube problems. The ProEar will be helpful divers in these areas and they should have a ProEar mask, even if it is on Stand-by in their gearbag. This is especially true for diving professionals like Dive Instructors or Dive Masters who make their living taking people diving and cannot afford to miss valuable diving days. It is a fact that the segment of the diving industry who suffer most from ear infections are instructors who work in heated swimming pools!!
- Problem Preventing Market:
The ProEar mask will be very beneficial to those divers planning a diving holiday in which they will doing multiple dives. My experience in over 30 years of instruction and leading diving trips has taught me that almost all of our guests had a least one bad day out of 10 diving days dealing with ear problems. If one realizes in advance that there is a good chance that they may miss one or 2 diving days on a long dreamt of and costly diving holiday due to ear problems then it only makes sense that they prepare themselves accordingly. One ProEar mask which should retail for between $100-$120 and is a worthwhile investment especially when one takes into account that missing 2 days of diving on a live-aboard or diving resort can be 5 times more costly!!!
- Comfort and Safety:
It is a fact that the ProEar was invented and developed by SR Services (in cooperation with Oceanic U.S.A.) primarily to deal with items 1 and 2 above. But we soon realized during our hundreds of test dives that the concept of "dry ear" diving was in fact more comfortable than "wet ear" diving. Admittedly it take a little getting used to (generally 2 to 3 dives) but once you do, many divers will be hooked and frankly prefer to do all of their dives (ear problems or not) with the warm, dry environment of the ProEar 2000 mask.
Regarding safety, during testing of the mask we sensed for the first time that we were able to discern the "Directionality of Sound" while underwater. This was a great discovery and one of immense importance especially as a safety feature for those diving in busy boating channels. The amplification of sound takes some getting used but once again after 2 or 3 dives it becomes as normal as ever. ]
Q Where can I get more information on the ProEar mask?
A Most of the necessary information has been prepared for you in our website but if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to e-mail us.
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Q Can we use optical lenses with the ProEar?
A The ProEar mask was designed especially to accommodate optical lenses. In fact we can provide stock lenses at very economical prices.
Q Can we use the ProEar with a hood?
A There is no problem putting a light (up to 3mm.) hood over the entire ProEar system. For thicker hoods and colder waters it is recommended to use a purpose designed hood which SR Services And Oceanic-Safe Dive will be marketing soon.
Q What colors do the mask and skirt come in?
A The mask frames come in black, opaque blue, translucent blue, neon pink, neon yellow, neon green and clear. The mask skirts come in either clear or black silicone.