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Ear Barotrauma on first dive

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by tlbashore, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    That is some VERY interesting advice. Your recommendation is counterintuitive so if it is correct then it could really save my day one day.

    I have never had a reverse block. What should I do in the case of one, of not the valsalva, or reverse valsalva?

    Embarrassingly enough, my regular dive buddy experiences difficulties equalizing on ascent on every single dive, but I never asked him how he does it.
  2. mike41799

    mike41799 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Palm Beach, FL
    I shave the sides of my head before dives, if you can get the ProEra Mask to seal it may help
  3. GameChanger

    GameChanger ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Frisco, TX USA
    I should clarify that my DAN ENT said NOT to use the pinch & blow method (Valsalva) to deal with a reverse pinch. The Frenzel method is OK if it is not painful. (Pinch nose and make a "T", 'K" or "H" sound).
    Frenzel did not help me. I just had to slowly ascend.
    *****I am not a physician and this is not medical advice. Consult with a dive specialist ENT. *****
  4. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Parma, ITALY
    The preferred method for reverse squeeze is Toynbee, which actually creates a DEPRESSION inside the nose, helping air to escape from medium ear through the tubes...
    But of course who uses BTV cannot have a reverse block, as you keep the tubes always open...
    GameChanger likes this.

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