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Old 05-14-2013, 02:15 PM
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I know this is not unusual... some what.. but I am having a hard time clearing my right ear during a dive. Funny thing is.. after a day of diving and once i get home, my ear clears all by itself.. ????
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Master Muff Diver here. Sorry, I just had too.
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Master Muff Diver here. Sorry, I just had too.
If my ear jams on that dive.. i'd need to look for a new dive site.
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If my ear jams on that dive.. i'd need to look for a new dive site.
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probably already heard this, but i would start clearing my ears as soon as i got in the water, don't wait until you feel the pressure start to build. also helps if you can go down the anchor line slowly.
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Clear early, clear often. Start clearing your ears before you hit 5 ft.
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Tilt your head as far as you can to the left and try clearing. This will help stretch the Eustachian tube and allow pressure equlization. Don't wait until you start feeling pressure, do it constantly on the way down.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:40 AM
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I used to dive a lot and always had bad ears (hearing and clearing). Called off many dive because I just could not clear......sucked bad when they wouldn't clear on the way up

Anyway, I started taking 12 hr sudafed on the way out and most of the clearing issues went away.

Are you trying to dive my old stomping grounds Canaveral? Those dive aren't for weenies......90 - 100 foot deep with 10 ft vis, 20 on a good day.....and lots of time cold on the bottom. There were a few time I hit the bottom with my speargun before I saw it.
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Have you tried clearing your ears before you get them wet? It has helped many a diver. Try 10 min. before the dive and then again just before you jump in the water. Clearing them while they are dry makes a world of difference with clearing them while you are in the water.
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Not sure how to describe it, but there's something that you flex,constrict, or move inside your noggin to effectively block your nose without using your fingers, like you do just before you are putting your head under water. That maneuver, together with pushing your lower jaw out, is usually enough for me to be able to clear my ears prior to any pressure buildup. I start doing that before I even go under, followed by a GENTLE valsalva maneuver, done repeatedly for the first few feet, and then tapering off with increased depth.
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I've been in so much pain I've called off dives. I started using diving ear plugs then my ears just started working again. I think I've had sinus issues and didn't know it.
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Sudafed or afrin nasal spray before you dive. Whatever you do know when to call it off and go back up! You can ruin your ear to the point you will never dive again. Also, pushing too far can cause a disoriented feeling if it clears under a lot of pressure.
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Sudafed, Afrin spray or any other type of decongestion is not recommended before any type of diving!

And diving to the point the ear pain is forcing one out of the water is just wrong on all levels!
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Sudafed, Afrin spray or any other type of decongestion is not recommended before any type of diving!

And diving to the point the ear pain is forcing one out of the water is just wrong on all levels!
I use them all the time, no problems. Sudafed is a stimulant and shouldn't be taken if you have heart problems.

Afrin is local and very safe. Just shouldn't be used for longer than 2 or 3 consecutive days.

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I know Padi says no drugs before a dive. Therefore, in my dive group if a diver has to do drugs to do the dive he sits out or dives with another group.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Not sure how to describe it, but there's something that you flex,constrict, or move inside your noggin to effectively block your nose without using your fingers, like you do just before you are putting your head under water. That maneuver, together with pushing your lower jaw out, is usually enough for me to be able to clear my ears prior to any pressure buildup. I start doing that before I even go under, followed by a GENTLE valsalva maneuver, done repeatedly for the first few feet, and then tapering off with increased depth.
That is what I can't figure out.. what I have been doing during the days between dives is the valsa maneuver.. sitting at my desk at work... in the shower... watching TV. I have gone down to depths of 90 feet.. right ear is very slow to pop, and sometimes at 15 feet, it just won't and I have to call it a day. Ears are clean ( wax ).. sinus is clear... some days, ok.. some, not. I have not figured out how to clear with out pinching my nose.

I am going tio try and get out this weekend..i think i will clear before i even get wet, and then as suggested, clear every 2 feet or so.
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I know Padi says no drugs before a dive. Therefore, in my dive group if a diver has to do drugs to do the dive he sits out or dives with another group.
I agree.. for the simple fact that if what ever drug you're on, wears off at 90... you could be in trouble.
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