Ear Pain, Scuba Diving (cont.)
Prevention is the preferred treatment for ear squeeze.
- Divers who are unable to clear their ears or experience ear pain should stop their descent and abort the dive.
- Divers clear their ears by several methods. The most common is plugging the nose, closing the mouth, and blowing. This increases the pressure in the mouth and throat and pushes the Eustachian tubes open.
- Divers should equalize their ears early and often when descending.
- Diving should not be attempted if any
sinus or upper respiratory symptoms are present.