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How to protect your ears when scuba diving?

Scuba diving is a particularly engaging and adventurous sport that many quit their jobs just to explore the sea through it. But sometimes things do go wrong when scuba diving. After the lungs, ears are the most notable part of your body that demands thorough protection while scuba diving. If not, they invariably cause huge harm to your ears.

A weak protective method has caused many scuba divers to have ear problems some time or another. There are few effective procedures to do to protect your ears before going scuba diving.

Many experts use the VALSALVA maneuver to equalize the pressure during scuba diving. Pressure equalization is the base to protect your ears in water. Pinch your nose and gently exhale through it, while holding the air from your sinuses into your ears to the surrounding pressure.

While doing this, you could feel your ears stretch a little bit fill up with air, if that happens, it means you have done it correctly. Normally you look down while doing this Valsalva, If that doesn’t work, alternatively exhale while looking up or tilting your head to the right or left or by wiggling your jaw.

Another method is called Toynbee. In Toynbee, you just need to pinch your nose and, just swallow. This also helps the air to go up through your sinuses and into your inner ear. Both these methods need proper practice to work well on scuba diving. You need to always equalize in your surface all the way down to your dive site. Padding your ears may help you descend.

It’s easier to equalize while descending feet first, so you can control it better. Equalization is important to protect ears when scuba diving. The air space in your ear shrinks down because of the growing pressure around you.

So, make sure to practice the Valsalva equalization technique to keep your ears well balanced. 

  • Try chewing gum before you go diving.
  • Avoid diving while congested. It blocks air into your ears.
  • Never equalize while ascending, it may damage your ears.
  • Our ear is filled with air, when you dive deeper the pressure gets higher and, the air gets compressed out. To stop the pain, you need to refill the air. And equalization is the best practice.
  • Applying swimmer balms can be a great help
  • Wear detachable wet suit hoods to manage the thermic insulation. 
  • Avoid dive during cold infections.
  • Make sure to clean your ears before diving.