Frequently Asked Questions
- No harsh chemicals
- No known side effects or drug interactions
- Gluten & dairy free
Where can I buy EarPro?
EarPro can be purchased in our online shop, selected pharmacies, sport, dive and surf retailers.
What makes EarPro different from other products on the market?
Most products on the market are used AFTER being in the water, and are based on alcohol, acetic acid, glycerin and other drying agents. All these are extremely harsh substances for the delicate skin of the ear canal. Apart from drying out water, they also kill off the natural bacteria and flora that is needed for the ear to stay healthy.
How does EarPro actually work?
The main ingredient in EarPro acts to coat the ear canal thus waterproofing the skin lining and dispelling water from the ear. This limits direct skin exposure to water and any contaminants or microorganisms contained in the water helping to prevent infection (otitis externa). The water-repellent barrier also prevents entrapment thereby reducing the chance for the onset of surfer’s ear. Furthermore, the presence of oregano oil and its natural antimicrobial properties target the bacteria and fungi that cause ear infections.
How to use EarPro?
- Add 1 spray of EarPro to each ear
- Softly rub the tragus (outer skin) to make sure the canal is coated.
- Wipe away any surplus with a tissue.
- Wash hands after use.
- Do not “plug” the ears with loose cotton wool.
- Repeat after 2 hours of water exposure
- EarPro leaves the ear naturally, no need to wash it out
What is outer ear infection / Swimmers Ear (Otitis Externa)
Different from a middle ear infection that occurs behind the eardrum, swimmers ear is an infection of the external skin in the outer ear canal.
What causes water to get trapped in the ear leading to swimmers ear?
Otitis externa is often referred to as "swimmer's ear" because repeated exposure to water can make the ear canal more vulnerable to inflammation and infection caused by bacteria and fungi. It is also possible to contract swimmer's ear from water trapped in the ear canal after a shower, especially in humid climates. The majority of cases are caused by microbial infections. This can happen within days or weeks. Other reasons can be extensive cleaning with Q-tips and other such devices.
What is surfers ear?
(an exostosis or abnormal bone growth within the ear canal) Irritation from repeated cold wind and water exposure causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop lumps of new bony growth which constrict the ear canal. Most avid surfers have at least some mild bone growths (exostoses), causing little to no problems. The condition is progressive, making it important to take preventative measures early preferably whenever surfing. The condition is not limited to surfing and can occur in any activity where there is cold, wet, windy conditions such as windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing, and diving.
How common is swimmer ear?
Otitis externa affects 1–3% of people every year; more than 95% of cases are acute. Around 10% of people are affected at some point in their lives.
How common is surfers ear?
Research carried out on professional surfers in 2018 showed that 100% were suffering from some degree of surfers ear (auditory exostosis). 50% of the participants had the highest grade of closure, meaning more than 2/3 of the ear canal was closed.
What are the symptoms of swimmers ear?
Apart from general discomfort, symptoms can be ear pain, itching and irritation in and around the ear canal, redness and swelling of the outer ear and ear canal, a feeling of pressure and fullness inside the ear, scaly skin in and around the ear canal which may peel off, discharge from the ear which can be either thin and watery or thick and pus-like, tenderness when the ear or jaw is moved, swollen and sore glands in the throat, some hearing loss could be possible.
When should I avoid using EarPro?
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to medically refined paraffin oil or oregano oil
- if you have a perforated ear drum or ear infection (e.g. after ear surgery, ventilation tubes)
- if there is anything else wrong with your ear - such as pain, swelling, discharge
Will EarPro impact my hearing, balance or ability to equalize?
No, EarPro will not have an impact on any of the above. EarPro will potentially help your hearing as you won't have trapped water in your ears. We have also had feedback from several scuba divers who said it helped them equalize but we have no research to confirm this at the moment.
Complications caused by trapped water
Trapped water is not a life threatening condition, but can lead to outer ear infections, pain, a doctor's visit and the use of antibiotics. If no action is taken to remove the water, there is risk of permanent hearing impairment / ear damage. In worst case scenarios swimmers ear can lead to deep tissue infections (cellulitis), bone and cartilage damage or necrotizing otitis externa - an outer ear infection that can cause inflammation and damage the skin of the outer ear and bones of the lower part of the skull. Avoid trapped water altogether if possible
From what age can EarPro be used?
Due to EarPro’s simple formulation it can be used by infants, children and adults of all ages. It doesn't impair the hearing, balance, or the ability to equalize.
What are common treatments for Swimmers Ear?
The usual course of treatment is either prescription antibiotics, antifungal ear drops or other forms of ear drops and therapies. Many of these contain active medicinal ingredients and/or preservatives which can cause further allergies or sensitivities in some patients.
What are the common treatments for Surfers Ear?
The treatment of surfer’s ear is far more complex and often involves surgery under anesthesia to remove the obstructing ear canal bone by the use of a binocular microscope. Most ear surgeons use a drill to remove the bone and may approach the area directly via the ear canal or by making an incision behind the ear and dissecting the ear forward.
What is the shelf life or EarPro and how quickly must I use it after opening it?
The shelf life is 3 years. Once opened, the bottle should be used within 6 months.
How many usages to I get out of a bottle of EarPro?
200 applications / 100 usages if sprayed in both ears
Are there any allergies or intolerability issues with EarPro?
Paraffinum liquid is a well-tested and commonly used ingredient in medicated creams, ointments and balms. It is useful in barrier creams to help retain moisture in the skin and particularly helpful for sufferers of Eczema. In cosmetics, its found in lipstick, lip balm and foundation creams for example. Its highly water repellent, is not readily absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes into the body and is non-toxic. Oregano oil: Tested at 2% on 25 volunteers was neither irritating nor sensitizing. The levels of oregano oil incorporated in the formulation is well below that noted to cause irritation or adverse skin reactions.