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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 or with altitude changes that create differences in pressure between the internal ear spaces and the external ear canal.
  • Scuba diving and altitude changes can affect the external ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
  • Ear problems are commonly caused by
    • inadequate equalization,
    • forceful equalization,
    • diving ir flying with a cold or allergies,
    • wax buildup,
    • a tight hood, or
    • a mask used in diving over the ear.
  • If symptoms of ear squeeze begin at depth, they can be very dangerous for the diver.
  • Descent of plane during landing.

What Are the Symptoms of Ear Squeeze?

Symptoms of ear squeeze include the following:

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