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External Ear Barotrauma

Discussion in 'Near Misses & Lessons Learned' started by Gary Rose, Apr 29, 2021.

What creates external ear barotrauma?

Poll closed May 6, 2021.
  1. Forgetting to equalize

    52.6%
  2. Hood

    42.1%
  3. Cold water

    5.3%
  1. Gary Rose

    Gary Rose New

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Highland Beach, Florida
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    This is one of the barotrauma that they don't teach during certification at any level. It is very serious, painful, and can lead to permanent injury. Please feel free to ask me about it - When does it happen? Why does it happen? How to avoid it? And how to manage and treat it.
     
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  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
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    7,355
    Well it used to be taught, long long ago. The New Science of Skin and Scuba Diving 1966 printing, the book used when I got certified, external ear squeeze is discussed on page 47. Back before dry suit neck seals it was hard to enter air into the hood so external ear squeeze was more common than today. A dry suit seal then was a handful of twisted and tied off excess suit material.
     

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