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Ear Pain, Scuba Diving (cont.)


  • Most ear pain with scuba diving will go away by itself usually within a week without long-term effects.
  • Eardrum ruptures usually heal themselves over longer periods of time but sometimes require surgical repair.
  • Facial paralysis, if present, most often is temporary.
  • Mild hearing loss may continue.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine


"Ear barotrauma"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016

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