There are several good ways to prevent an ear infection from occurring whilst diving and not all of them involve spending money!
There are a few things you can do to prevent ear infections and they should become part of your diving routine if you are concerned or prone to getting infections.
- Rinse Your ears after diving! Sounds simple but as the salt from the water dries out in your ear you are opening yourself up to an infection, so just by rinsing out you ear with fresh water after diving you are drastically reducing the risk of getting an infection.
- Avoid the communal "Ear Wash" - The bottle of solution passed around to all the divers at some diver centers, this has been in everyones ear and is a great place to actually get an ear infection.
Our favourite is to stop the infection from happening in the first place, for these we'd strongly recommend Earol which uses Tea Tree Oil to create a natural layer over your eardrum (Tympanic Membrane) to prevent water from entering the inner ear.
Ways to stop water from getting in your ear
There are also a couple of good hardware options available that physically stop the water from entering your ear in the first place, which is a great way to reduce the risk of an ear infection!
- Doc's Pro Plugs - These vented ear plugs are designed to be used in diving applications, they are vented to allow the air to pass through them (So you can still equalise!) but a good fitting pair will not allow water in to your ear.
- Pro Ear Masks - This mask has sealed cups with seal around your ears in the same way a mask seals around your face and are designed to keep your ears completely dry! They are linked by a small tube to the air space on your mask so there are now equalising issues either.