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Cannot equilize both ears?

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Sep 11, 2002

I've just started to take scuba diving. The instructor showed us how to equilize ears, I can open my right ear but can't open the left one. I never tried it in water but I'm afraid I won't be able to equilize in water too. Do you think I should see a doctor, can he/she do anything? Thanks.
Ear clearing Techniques

There are varios techniques for clearing you ears instructers tend to show you blow down you nose tecnique but i always had problems with this, so i serched on the net and found that this tecnique works

I tkes a bit of parctice but in general you stiffen the the musclesin your neck as if you were picking somethign heavy up and just hold you nose shut and force your adams apple down a bit lik swallowing, this cause the tubes to strech open and you ears will clear

ps i would be wise of couser to have a check with your doctor
Equalizing ears

I would most definitly see a doc before getting into the water!!!!! I had the VERY unpleasant experience of having only one ear clear and then having the other perforate about 3 meters farther down. I would have rather had a red hot poker shoved in my ear- Hurt like hell!!!

If this is something you have lived with all your life, there are other techniques to use like the other poster described but if it a recent thing, could be symptomatic of congestion or a head cold. Also, did you have your tonsils out when you were younger? A lot of times, doctors would pull the adnoid (?) glands too and that may have caused the Eustacean tube to close woth either scar tissue or something.

Regardless, get it looked at before you dive.....

I am no doctor but, just from experience and the fact I have wicked tinnitus (NOT from diving), I would say better safe than sorry!
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