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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. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    This, unless my sinuses are somewhat clogged. If so, I do the Valsalva.
     
  2. Saltyhawg

    Saltyhawg Nassau Grouper

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    Mainly valsalva but Edmonds and VTO when my hands are occupied. Deeper than 40' usually can just wiggle my jaw a little.
     
  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

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    There are different descriptions of the Frenzel maneuver, but it's closest to what I do. I pinch my nose and use my tongue to piston air into my Eustachian tubes. My diaphragm is not involved, so it is not a Valsalva. I have worked for ten years on mastering VTO, but seem unable to do it.
     
  4. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

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    A.

    I find I can equalize my ears effectively by simply exhaling through my nose to equalize my mask.
     
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  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Interesting how people differ. I guess much of it has to do with how things are structurally with the passages in your head. I recall that is why we have singers with so many varied tone qualities.
     
  6. Hitdbeach

    Hitdbeach Angel Fish

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    Location: Lk Stevens Wa
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    I warm up with Lowry before I even hit the water...then it's Toynbee. Valsalva has never worked for me. The downside of Toynbee is it can trap gas for me and make me queezy....usually burping it off upon surfacing. I'm getting better with frenzel it works some times. My ears seem to be loosening up over time.
     
  7. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Diving I usually use the Valsalva, however I found that for chamber compression yawning worked well for me especially when getting blown down quickly, been a while though

    I also use the yawn method when flying.
     
  8. Rich Keller

    Rich Keller Solo Diver

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    Location: Long Island NY
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    I don't use any of these methods. I just exhale slightly into the mask and my ears clear.
     
  9. ColoDale

    ColoDale ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Usually Valsalva but I use VTO if I am already at depth or not descending much. I have over equalized with Valsalva some days. I have also used VTO and grabbed the top of my ear lobe and pulled upwards. I will also get a bit vertical at times, tilt my head back and wiggle my jaw.
     
  10. DivemasterDennis

    DivemasterDennis DivemasterDennis ScubaBoard Supporter

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    swallowing and nasal exhale usually do the trick for me.
    DivemasterDennis
     

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