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Ear Squeeze

What Causes Ear Squeeze?

  • Ear squeeze is the adverse effects of pressure changes on the ear that can occur with scuba diving.
  • Scuba diving can affect the external ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
  • Ear problems are commonly caused by
    • inadequate equalization,
    • forceful equalization,
    • diving with a cold or allergies,
    • wax buildup,
    • a tight hood, or
    • a mask over the ear.
  • If symptoms of ear squeeze begin at depth, they can be very dangerous for the diver.

What Are the Symptoms of Ear Squeeze?

Symptoms of ear squeeze include the following:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016
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