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    1. akakinder
      Dr Mike,
      I have a lesson soon after months from ETD. An ENT specialist said about going deaf if I dived,use goggles & I couldn't deal with any pressure in diving,flying etc. The dive doctor saw me equalise - no problems. He cleared me fit to dive. I want to continue but ent says risk going deaf, I am scared of this. My ears usually pop, but can sometimes feel a bit sore, tinnitus, blocked. Please help, thank you
      1. doctormike
        Hey, thanks for writing. I really can't "clear" you over the Internet, but I know that is frustrating. I also have a hard time telling you much without having any idea what is going on with your ears. If you can equalize, why did the ENT doc say you could go deaf? Was there an inner ear issue?
        Oct 12, 2019
    2. broncobowsher
      My first east coast boat was Olympus/U352. Matched the stories I heard of east coast boats before I went. Really good diving, I want to go back.
      1. doctormike
        Aha! I thought that you were talking about our local dive boats in the NYC area. Didn't really want to get into it in the thread, but it's a totally different business model here. Olympus is more along the lines of LOB diving. Have been with them once, it was a great dive... don't know what the California charters are like.
        Sep 6, 2019
    3. Danishinstructor
    4. WetWeasel
      Hi DoctorMike,
      4 days ago I had problem equalizing my right ear. 2 days ago i got feeling of fullness in right ear.
      After that I started to use Sudafed and Afrin. Can I fly with suspected ear barotrauma?
      1. doctormike
        Hi, this system won't let me respond. Just start a conversation with me to generate a direct message.
        May 25, 2019
      2. WetWeasel
        Thank you for trying to help.
        I was able to contact DAN and get the answer.
        May 25, 2019
    5. Lisa Mongy
      Lisa Mongy
      Hi, Can you call me re: History of Diving Museum - 305-664-9737
      1. doctormike
        Hi, sorry, just saw this. Can you start a conversation with me here to send me a direct message?
        May 25, 2019
    6. MaartjeO
      Hi doctormike, I was diving for the first time ~ 10 days ago and had trouble equalizing. GP told me I had blood in the middle ear, especially on the r. side and got nose-spray with corticosteroids. Same day my l. ear started ringing and does so still though fluid is less. I am supposed to fly on Friday but happy to cancel if risky, I can only see ENT in 2 weeks... Anything else I can do to prevent damage? Best, M
      1. doctormike
        Hi, Maartje... sorry, it's really hard to tell you much without seeing your ears and an audiogram. There isn't that much danger of flying in a modern commercial aircraft given the limited pressure swing, but I can't give you specific advice over the Internet. If you do fly, equalize your ears early and often so that you don't build up a big pressure differential.
        Aug 13, 2018
    7. jujjio
      Doctormike, I am writing this from Europe, I just finished reading your article about Ear injuries, thx for putting all those valuable info out there, I am prone to get Otitis externa and I am interested to use the vinegard alcohol mix. Would you tell me how many ml. is a standard pint of alcohol?Will a normal air dryer do the trick by stretching your arm to the side while blowing on low power?
      My best
      Michele M.
      1. doctormike
        Hi, Michele... Thanks for writing! A pint is a little less than 500 ml. Just pour a little bit out and replace with a 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. I also recommend a half a teaspoon of glycerine if you can find it. A regular hair dryer isn't the best tool for keeping the ear dry, I recommend this instead: https://www.macksearplugs.com/product/ear-dryer/
        Aug 12, 2018
      2. jujjio
        Thank you for your help Doctormike!! I am going for the alcohol mix, just one question, how many drops and minutes should I keep it in? Thank you very much!!
        Aug 14, 2018
      3. doctormike
        It doesn't have to be so accurate. Just lie on your side, fill your ear canal with the stuff, and sit there for about 30 seconds. Then do the other side...
        Aug 14, 2018
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    8. Jerald
      Hey Doc!

      Would you have an ETN contact in the Twin Cities area? My last dive was 4/17/18 - next day started to experience pain with fullness, pressure, and hearing loss in my right ear. Visited a GP on 4/19/18 that spent a total of 3 seconds looking in the ear, then proceeded to give me prescription for Amoxicillin. It is now 4/24 with no signs of improvement. Ugh!!

      Kind Regards,
    9. king_of_battle
      hi (hopefully) quick question - I was going through old threads ~2014 where you were looking to buy a new can light for wreck diving in the northeast. I am in the market for one now as well (primarily diving wrecks in the ME-RI area) and I'm curious what you ended up with and how you like it. Thanks.
    10. DaveCouldUseYourHelp
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    New York City
    Pediatric ENT doctor
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    Certification History:
    OW, AOW, Nitrox, Dry Suit, Rescue, Solo (SDI), Advanced Wreck (PADI), Advanced Wreck (TDI), Advanced Nitrox (TDI), Deco Procedures (TDI), JJ CCR Air Dil (TDI), JJ CCR Helitrox Deco Procedures (TDI)
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    Ten Or More Years
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