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Advice needed : Left ear issues descending and ascending

david shelton

New Member
Aug 4, 2017
Pretty new to freediving but have been an occasional spearfisher for 11 years now. I have always had some trouble with equalizing my left ear even though I can clear my ears easily out of the water hands free. In the past I could also easily clear my ears hands free in the water. I recently did the FII level 1 course but increased problems in my left ear from the last year or so prevented me from being able to complete the course as I was not able to equalize on the way down most of the time. Furthermore on the few ascents I had some really loud squeeking, squelching sounds going on in my left ear with some discomfort. I am concerned that I may be at risk of reverse squeeze. It feels like my left Eustacchian tube is permanently constricted somehow. I live in Central America so I don't think I have access to very good specialists in this field but maybe there are some tests I could do locally that would shed some light and I can work out what I need to do to be able to freedive again!

Jeroen Elout

New Member
Aug 29, 2017
Hi David,

While teaching freediving about half of our participants have ears that occasionaly don't equilize. To many of them sniffing up a bit of sea water in to the nose and sinuses has proven to be helpfull. Its a bit of getting used to, for me its a guarantee solution when an ear is blocked. - The Worlds Largest Community Dedicated To Freediving, Scuba Diving and Spearfishing


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