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Which equalization technique do you use MOST OFTEN?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by knotical, Mar 9, 2015.

Which equalization technique do you use most often?

  1. Valsalva

    90 vote(s)
    67.7%
  2. Toynbee

    7 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. Lowry

    4 vote(s)
    3.0%
  4. Edmonds

    2 vote(s)
    1.5%
  5. Frenzel

    6 vote(s)
    4.5%
  6. VTO

    13 vote(s)
    9.8%
  7. other (please explain below)

    11 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
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    If you don’t remember the names, the following descriptions of techniques are extracted from: http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/download/DiversGuidetoEars.pdf

     
  2. MrsNic

    MrsNic Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Chester, UK
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    2
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    I just swallow?
     
  3. FishLovingStudent

    FishLovingStudent Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: PNW
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    I tend to just swallow without pinching my nose. Maybe I'll try pinching and see if it would help.
     
  4. MrsNic

    MrsNic Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Chester, UK
    22
    2
    3
    Glad there's not only me! I get funny looks when I say I can't do the valsalva method and only seem to be able to swallow without doing anything else.
     
  5. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    6,496
    6,610
    113
    Valsalva because it always works for me. Also I use Toynbee, VTO, and anything else, that work. When I dive a lot in a short period of time, equalization is easy and I don't pay attention to what I'm doing, which is the VTO, I think.



    Bob
     
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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    12,105
    2,606
    113
    Maybe what I do is close to the VTO, though I don't push my jaw forward. I just open my Eustachian tubes somehow--like when yawning, but I don't have to yawn. I just make my ears "crackle". I can hold the "crackle" position at will and do this on land if something really noisey approaches (like a fire truck while I'm walking)--so I don't plug my ears with my fingers looking like a dork. If I'm going down real fast I do occasionally swallow now and then.
     
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  7. DKL

    DKL Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Ocala, Florida
    133
    45
    0
    I'm a valsalva man. It works every time for me.
     
  8. Keith.M

    Keith.M PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Loomis, CA US
    1,626
    925
    113
    Valsalva for me. Early and often. It just works for me. I can descend as fast as I need to with no issue.
     
  9. AndrewRawlingson

    AndrewRawlingson Barracuda

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    usually frenzel - it's hands free! on the rare occasions that i struggle, then gentle valsalva.
     
  10. Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Central Florida
    159
    40
    28
    VTO, followed by valsalva.

    I generally just wiggle my jaw around and that seems to do the trick... worked last week down to 70 feet on repetitive dives.
     
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