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SOUND REDUCTION WITH CLARITY
RECOMMENDED FORMUSICIANS, ROAD CREW, CLUBBERS, RECORDING ENGINEERS, CONCERT AUDIENCES, SWIMMERS, SURFERS, WATER SKIERS, WIND SURFERS, DIVERS KAYAKERS AND CANOEISTS.
WITH A PROPERLY FITTED SET OF DOCíS PROPLUGS, YOU CAN HELP PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST HEARING LOSS.
Doc`s Proplugs are designed to be non-invasive, inexpensive, and long lasting. They are easily self-fitted and are ready to wear. Each Doc`s Proplug is made of soft, hypoallergenic Kraton with memory that provides a watertight seal. Proper usage will help keep you in the water.
With consistent use, they help prevent future ear problems such as:MUSICIAN`S EAR (HIGH-FREQUENCY HEARING LOSS)SWIMMER`S EAR (INFECTION)SURFER`S EAR (BONY GROWTH) WATER-SKIER`S EAR (RUPTURED EARDRUM)
Rock concerts and similar events produce approximately 120dB of sound, the ear tolerates this noise level for about 2 hours if protected by 20dB attenuation provided by DOCís PROPLUGS, however continuous exposure over a period of time can lead to Tinnitus and eventually some hearing loss.You may notice ringing in your ears after being in a noisy environment, but you have the ability of selective hearing, you can filter out continuous noise like the humming of an electrical appliance, so you may not notice that the ringing is there all the time. DOCís PROPLUGS are a moderate protector against hearing loss at the same time allowing the user to hear music and verbal communication.
The Benefits of Docís Proplugs are:They are available in 8 sizes for an accurate fitting.They fit the auricle of the ear, rather than into the ear canal.Moulded to fit the ear.Made from hypoallergenic Kraton.Comfortable to wear.Washable and re-usableVented Proplugs (with a small hole in the centre) provide approximately 20dB reduction.Designed by a Physician.They offer near normal hearing.
Music and Noise
When fitted properly Docís Proplugs protects against high frequency hearing loss - Ideal for musicians, light industry workers and airline attendants - Blocks out high frequencies but allows one to hear music and verbal communication with clarityUse these laboratory derived data for comparison purposes only. The amount of protection afforded in field use is often significantly different, depending on how the protectors are fitted and worn.
With a properly fitted set of vented Doc`s Proplugs, you can protect against high-frequency hearing loss.Musicians, light industry workers and in-cabin flight attendants find DOC`S PROPLUGS useful in protecting against hearing loss. This group needs protection from dangerous moderately loud high frequencies, yet they also need to hear verbal communications, machinery`s functional sounds, and music with clarity.Musicians and listeners must hear the fidelity of the original sound. This type of moderate protector will have a much lower noise reduction rating than do protectors for maximum attenuation including bass, such as conventional foam insertion plugs, fully sealed custom earmolds or muff type hearing protectors, The duration of exposure also plays an important role. The longer the exposure to loud sound the more likely is there to be damage to the ear. DOC`S PROPLUG attenuates about 20dB across the high frequencies from 2000 to 8000 Hz. Rock concerts produce approximately l20dB. The ear tolerates a noise level of 120dB for about 2 hours protected by 20dB attenuation in the high frequencies. To know the sound pressure levels of environmental noise use a sound level meter available at most electronic suppliers.Note: The EPA requires labelling of Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), as the measure of a hearing protector`s noise reducing capabilities.
DOC`S PROPLUG non-vented model has a rating of 7. The vented model has a low NRR of 2. The results of attenuation tests of bass frequencies (125-1000 Hz) are included in the American Standards Institute (ANSI) calculations. As the bass frequencies are very little attenuated by DOC`S PROPLUGS, then the NRR is very low. The level of noise entering a person`s ear when a hearing protector is worn as directed is approximated by the difference between the A-weighted environmental noise level and the NRR. For example, if the environmental noise level as measured at the ear is 92dB and the NRR is 2, then the level of noise entering the ear is 90dBA.Caution: For noise environments dominated by frequencies below 500Hz, the C-weighted environmental noise level should be used. Although hearing protectors can be recommended for protection against the harmful effects of impulsive noise, the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is based on the attenuation of continuous noise and may not be an accurate indicator of the protection attainable against impulsive noise such as gunfire.
Extreme water SportsMinimize risk of painful ruptured eardrums caused during high speed falls Prevent swimmers ear from frequent water irritation and exposure For Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Water polo and High Dive athletes
Vented Docís Proplugs can prevent healthy uninjured eardrums from swimmers ear and rupture eardrums and is especially effective for extreme watersport athletes who push themselves to the limit. Because the Proplug has a vent, a compressed air column can escape. Beware of solid earplugs or a sheet of neoprene over the ears because air column compression can impact the eardrum.For those with Tympanoplasty: Wearing a water polo cap will foil any impacting water from the ears and the holes allow air pockets to escape.
SurfingDocís Proplugs are the official earplug of the USSF National Surf Team -Endorsed by the International Surfing AssociationDoes not obstruct the canal with silicon which is not recommended by the physicians, instead fits in the auricle to ensure ear protection and safety74% of avid surfers studied had Surfer`s Ear - prevents Surfers ear, also known as exostotis which may lead to costly surgery and deafness
Exostosis (surferís ear) is characterized by bony growth within the ear canal caused by persistent irritation of the bone by cold and water. Cold or warm air blowing into a wet ear lowers the temperature due to evaporation which stimulates bony growth. Also the skinís surface is cooled by conduction, radiation and convection which causes heat loss that triggers bony growth.Docís Proplugs is the only earplug that protects the ears from surferís ear by keeping a warm pocket of air in the canal and keeping cold water out without impeding hearing and balance. Anyone with severe narrowing of the ear canal can avoid frequent water blockage by wearing Proplugs, the earplug for sports professionals. Severe exostosis can be prevented from progressing by wearing proplugs and reinforcing consistent warmth by wearing hoods, hats and hair-bands especially when sleeping at night. Once severe exostosis develops and requires drilling
Swimming60% of swimmers have swimmer ears in their lifetime, with 80% of s60% of swimmers have swimmer ears in their lifetime, with 80% of swimmers ear occurring before adolescenceprevents ear infections, prevents swimmers ear and middle ear infection - Unlike silicon plugs, will not irritate canal to cause further complicationsblocks water from entering ears but allows sound to enter
Otitis externa, (swimmers ear) is infection of the external ear from bacterial or fungi growth in the ear canal. This is caused by small drops of water that gets trapped within the canal and encourages bacteria to proliferate. As a result of frequent exposure, the skin thickens inside the ear and makes the canal narrower which can cause in eventual hearing loss.Unlike silicon earplugs or earplugs that penetrate the canal, Docís Proplugs will not irritate the ear canal or disrupt earwax production, which is natureís protection from foreign micro organisms. Proper use of Docís Proplugs prevents the flushing out of natural earwax which keeps the ear moisturized and protected
Scuba- Docís Proplugs were used to achieve the World Freedive Record with a depth of 192 feet.- World Champion Freediver used Proplugs to protect her ears from pain and infection and allowed her to equalize effectively.
When fitted properly, Docís proplugs help divers equalize - Reduces ďear squeeze` caused by inability to equalize between the outer and middle ear - Helps prevent outer ear and inner ear infection, vertigo and thermal reaction - Without ear protection, 65% of scuba divers suffer from ear problems which keep them away from the sport (source: DAN)Docís Proplugs can prevent swimmers ear, and ear pain by blocking water from entering the ears, keeping ears warm and preventing the flushing of water in and out of the ear. Ear pain and infection are caused by cold exposure and erosion of delicate skin and wax in the ear canal.Upon descent, Proplugs prevent water from entering the ear down to 20 feet in depth. Once the diver enters greater depths, water will be allowed into the ear for equalization. Unlike other earplugs, ours includes a Scottís valve which allows ears to equalize easily and let sound in. Our proplugs have been used by hundreds of divers for over thirty years who testify that proplugs are the earplugs for divers.
Equalization with Docís Proplugs: Docís Proplugs have also been used by divers who have trouble equalizing. Unlike other earplugs which are solid and would not be recommended for diving, Proplugs are vented to allow equalization. While the small vent allows equalization to occur it does not allow debris to enter and it prevents earwax from washing out which exposes delicate ear tissue. The Proplugs keep ears warm by storing the headís conductive heat: the warmth provided by the plugs drastically reduces the risk of thermal shock. Due to surface tension the vented plug also reduces abrupt pressure changes from reaching the sensitive eardrum which contributes to easier equalization. Clear ears often to allow air to escape through the Proplugs vent and allow for better equalization. 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. Hundreds of divers have attested to the benefits of Proplugs for relieving pressure in their ear during descent.