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Why Is It Difficult For Hoppy (My ear) To hear Underwater ?
« Reply #25 on: 14/10/2008 19:37:47 »
It is true that the ear is best designed to hear sounds transmitted in air rather than water but there is also another factor involved.  The coupling of energy between water and air is very poor and there is usually a bubble of air still in your ears when you go under water.  If you swim under water and make sure all the air bubbles get out of your outer ear and couple the water directly on to your eardrum you can hear a lot better underwater.  I used to do this in my childhood when I was training to become a fish!  However I do not reccommend that you do this too often or for too long because it tends to result in "surfer's ear" a nasty problem where you ear which does not like to be full of water decides to close the gap to stop you putting water in it.  this tends to result in poor hearing when you are in the air.
 

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