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How to Equalize Your Ears While Scuba Diving

A scuba diver equalizing her ears

Methods of Equalizing Ears

Getting air to move from the throat to the ears is essential for safe equalizing. This is done because the air passes through the eustachian tubes. Most open water divers are instructed to equalize by lightly blowing while squeezing their noses. The typically closed eustachian tube is opened with this light pressure, allowing air to enter the middle ear easily.

The Frenzel Maneuver is recommended because it is gentler and easier to control than the Valsalva Maneuver, which involves blowing by contracting your throat muscles. A lot of divers can equalize by swallowing, moving their jaws, or using a mix of these.

Scuba diver swimming near a coral

5 Tips For Handling Ear Pressure

The best methods for balancing ear pressure during diving require a few basic measures, regardless of whether you need assistance “blowing” or “popping” your ears.

Listen For The “Pop”

Before going on any boat diving trips in Aqaba, ensure you can hear or sense the “pop” in both ears while swallowing, extending your jaw, or lightly squeezing your nose. This indicates the opening of your eustachian tubes.

Start Before Your Scuba Diving Trip  

It doesn’t hurt if you start a bit early on your trip. Slowly start equalizing your ears every few minutes or hours before the trip down under. Forget to do it? Don’t worry! Chewing gum helps out in such cases. The secret behind this is it allows you to swallow frequently, making the process easier.  

Keep Your Head Above Your Feet  

According to research, it may take more effort to equalize with your feet up than with them down. It depends on your skill level and whether you’re comfortable doing this. This may not be a problem for open water divers. The eustachian tubes start opening when you stretch your neck. However, free divers shouldn’t do this since it could trigger a blackout.

Get Help From A Descent Line

If your ears equalize gradually, using an anchor or mooring line might assist you in managing how quickly you descend. If they aren’t equalizing, a line also aids in swiftly stopping your descent. Learn to quickly and frequently equalize. This helps in maintaining pressure as you drop. Waiting until you experience severe pressure, uneasiness, or pain is not advised. Equalize as you detect minor pressure changes.  

End The Dive If It Causes You Pain  

You shouldn’t experience any pain if you equalize correctly and frequently enough. The eustachian tubes may become blocked if you prolong equalization due to the pressure difference. Climb a few feet, then try equalizing once again.
If you continue to descend with un-equalized ears, it hurts and can result in middle ear pressure or rupture. Signal your scuba diving partner or an instructor that you want to end the dive. You can try it another day.  

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