Ear Pain, Scuba Diving (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
The treatment of ear squeeze begins during the dive. If a diver feels fullness or pain, stop the dive and attempt to clear the ears. If ear clearing techniques fail, the dive must be ended. Always complete the decompression stops if necessary when returning to the surface.
If the eardrum ruptures, the diver may become disoriented or vomit, which may lead to panic. Panic may lead to ascending too rapidly. The diver's partner (dive buddy) should carefully observe and assist during the ascent. On the surface, keep the ear dry. Do not place anything in the ear.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016