The Seals Balance Pro is made of two elements: a body and a Sympatex® membrane.
The body is made of medical silicone, a hypoallergenic, chlorine-proof, salt water-proof, water-repellent material that can withstand temperatures from -10°C to 60°C. The cup is designed to be placed just behind the first curb of the auditory canal, purposely limiting pressure around the wall of the ear duct (meatus), offering a secure fit, comfort and waterproof qualities. The extension rib helps when inserting and removing the earplug.
The breathable and waterproof Sympatex® membrane maintains the hearing and balance capacities of the user, whilst protecting the ear from the external elements.
The Seals Balance Pro comes with an ergonomic applicator for an easy and safe placement of the protection in the ear, as well as with a handy carry tube on a key ring.
Wateproof and comfortable
The innovative design of the earplug and the waterproof membrane prevent water from entering the auditory canal. The medical silicone (Silicon LSR) is hypoallergenic and offers optimal comfort and protection of the skin within the auditory canal.
A secure fit
The flexible silicone body guarantees a secure fit of the earplug, when placed behind the first curb of the auditory canal. The 8 mm-diameter cup is designed to fit the majority of people aged 12 and over.
Hearing and balance
The waterproof and breathable Sympatex® membrane contained within the ergonomic design allows the circulation of air which maintains the user’s hearing and balance.
Exostosis (commonly called “surfer’s ear”) is a pathology caused by prolonged exposure to wind, cold and water.
Exostosis generates an excessive growth of the bone in the auditory canal, resulting in the loss of hearing and can lead to deafness in the worst cases. In addition, the bone growth allows waste and bacteria to sit in the canal, which in turn increases the case of ear infections.
Surgery is the only solution to address exostosis once it is installed. There are also evident risks of bone re- growth when no protection is worn afterwards.
The growing number of outdoor sports participants (surf, ski, bike, swimming, running) in challenging conditions has resulted in an increase of exostosis in numerous regions of the world.
In 2010, a group of surgeons in the South West of France conducted a thorough study on exostosis and the existing offer of earplugs. Results concluded that there was no protective equipment for the pathology, or that addressed the specific needs of water sports participants wishing to prevent it, in particular in terms of hearing, balance and fit.
In collaboration with engineers, the surgeons developed an earplug using an innovative design made of flexible medical silicone with a breathable Sympatex® membrane, to allow the circulation of air in the ear, and therefore maintaining hearing and balance.
Originally developed under the name Sorky (standing for Sorkuntza, the Basque word for “innovation”), the earplug is now distributed by EQ, under the name Seals Balance Pro.
The name Seals refers to the verb, as well as to the animal’s natural ability to close its ears when going underwater, and also to the Navy Seals.
Wash with fresh water and soap AFTER EACH USE then store in the dedicated tube. The Seals has a life span of up to 2 years (unless torn), and 1 year when used frequently.
How about the absence of leash?
The flexible silicone used and the ergonomic design fitting just behind the first curb of the auditory canal guarantees a secure fit. Once in place, the Seals will not move or fall out.
How about sizing?
The ear canal reaches its full adult size at the age of 9. The Seals is adapted to an average sized ear canal in one size that will fit 95% of users.
Can children use SEALS?
Yes, but only aged 12 and over.
What about reliability?
The Seals was developed under medical supervision by ENT surgeons and engineers. It received the EUROSIMA Technological award in 2010.
Can I use SEALS underwater?
Yes, but only up to 9ft / 3m, due to decompression problems beyond that limit.
Are there any risks of injuries when placing the SEALS?
No, as the Seals can only reach the non-sensitive part of the auditory canal, due to its specific dimensions.
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