Pro Ear Dive Mask
The Pro Ear 2000 is a dive mask with "ear protectors". The mask is connected with one-way valves with an Ear protector. It claims to reduce equalisation pressure by up to 70%. One of our instructors has been using it for years (you can see him using by the mask).
Obviously, the shorter the hair so easier to get ear cups over your ear and the out of it, otherwise water will leak in. When using it, the instructor has the following advise:
- Apply plenty of Vaseline to the ear cups silicone skirting
- Ensure it sit comfortable on your ears, get your buddy to pull out the hair for you
- Press the ear cups gently onto your head, so more air you can squeeze out so better
- Equalise slowly - you require significant less pressure to equalise your ears
- When clearing the mask, ensure you press the top of your mask (as taught) and at the same press the top of the ear cups, this ensures water in the ear cups is pushed out at the bottom.
The one-way valves will start to clog up with dirt if you don't clean them regularly and the will start squeaking underwater (very annoying). After each dive ensure you rinse the mask well with clear water.
Low volume masks
Especially multi-lens masks tend to have high volume, meaning it takes often more than a single breath to clear the mask completely. Low volume masks have only a little airspace between yourself and the mask. Ensure when you try a low volume mask that your cheeks or even forehead press against the glass. And if you have a larger nose, the nose pocket often presses against the tip of your nose (avoid you will end up with bruised nose).
Ensure you are able to adjust the strap easily, this is especially true if you have longer hair. An excellent idea is to get a Mask Strap Wrapper - apart from the practical nature for your hair, it is also available in many different design, which allow you to personalise your mask.
Some masks have a purge valve fitted. This makes the purging of water from the mask easier, this is especially useful for those who smile a lot or have a moustache - divers who tend to suffer from persistent leaking.