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>Reef Fish (Large Nassau Grouper) wrote:
 
>> >The best advice I can give to protect your ears is to start equalizing
>> >in the boat on the way to the dive site.  Start by giving a gentle puff
>> >into a pinched nose along with some deep swallows.
>>
>> Now THAT's a new "theory" I've never heard before.  Anybuddy else?
>> I suppose there's some truth to that in the sense of giving the
>> eardrums a warm up exercise.
>>
>
>Bob,
>
>My Diving instructor used to advice to people that have problems
equalizing
>to do that a lot of times during the week before a diving weekend... he
>claimed that the exercise will make the membrane more flexible... sounds
>sort of logic no? He also recommended to people that have ear pain during
>take-offs and landings.
 
>Later,
 
>Amyris.
 
When 'me tart' was having lots of ear problems she went to see a proper UK
diving doc & this was one of
the things he advised her to do; at least 100 equalisations per day. She
said this made a big difference.
He also advised her to 'equalise' BEFORE going down & to repeat this often
on the way down, BEFORE
there was any feeling of needing to equalise, she also said this made a
significant difference; although
why she wasn't doing this before I don't know.
One thing I do know is that the average ENT specialist (without any diving
knowledge or hyperbaric training)
is unlikely to be very helpful or sympathetic.
I don't get problems equalising so this info. is second or third hand.
 
Andy Johnson
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