After stumbling across this product on the internet I thought I would compile some information regarding the “The Pro Ear 2000.” This mask is a completely new concept that tackles the difficulties that your ears face during a dive. There are many benefits to the new mask. It improves the overall comfort and safety of the ear underwater. It also improves the hearing and sense of direction of the diver and simplifies the task of equalizing your ears under water. It is great for use in cold water or where you do not dirty water to get into your ear canal.
Aside from being a standard mask, the ear cups on the strap keep the ears dry and protect them from the pollution and cold water. The mask is made from high -grade black silicone with tempered glass lenses. The mask also fits a wide variety of faces such as narrow and wide.
The ear cups work by covering the entire ear to form a water tight seal. The website explains that they must be properly positioned and all of the hair must be out of the way. (This seems like it could be a challenge?) The air in the ear cups comes from air exhaled through the nose that travels through the small tubes that run along the mask. The air passes through a non return valve allowing the air of the ear cup to equalize according to ambient pressure.
The ear cups also serve to filter the ambient water pressure from the sea, and the tubes that channel air from the goggles mimic Eustachian tubes which allow for easier pressure equalization before reaching the ear drum. The swimmer simply blows lightly out of his or her nose to keep the ambient pressure into the ear cups. The ears can equalize in two separate steps as opposed to the harsh equalization that occurs in the water. Blowing hard out of the nose can clear the goggles and the ear cups from water that may have seeped in.
Overall these are a great pair of goggles and they could even protect against ear infections and calcium deposits. And finally because the ears are not surrounded by water, you can finally get a sense of direction as to where sounds are coming from. This can be especially useful in loud ocean conditions. As always, if you have any thoughts about this product please comment below.