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Hood squeeze and equalization problems


New Member
Jan 13, 2020
San Juan Island
Hi all, I know there are many forums on this already, but I've read them all (I think!) and tried everything I can think of.

I got a new open cell suit, Yazbeck 7mm, and first dive I couldn't equalize at all. So I read a bit and melted/burned in some holes over my ear. That helped, but feels really weird having cold water come in every time, and I still had a lot of problems with hood sqeeze ( I think that's what it's called?) and equalization was very inconsistent. I glued in two layers of fabric over my year extending to the face seal, again this helped, but still makes me feel nauseous after about 20 minutes in the water. My ears and sinus hurt after about six dives, equalization is so so on most dives, I stop as soon as I can't equalize so there's something else going on. On the top in swell my ears start to hurt almost immediately.

I currently have three holes over each ear, and two layers of fabric. I'm lost for further options, I need to be able to hear on the surface, so ear plugs or cotton aren't options (unless you can hear through the plugs).

I've never had a problem equalizing before this, I just wore a 7mm scuba hood that fit well, but not as tight as my yabeck suit. I'm thinking of cutting off the hood on the yazbeck and just using the old hood because I think I'm going to hurt myself wearing this suit.

I'm also tongue tied and can't frenzel equalize well, I rely on no-hand equalization or whatever it's called. I think it's similar to frenzel but you don't force your middle ear open with pressue. or something. Dunno if that makes a difference, but maybe that's why I am having such much of an issue.

And advice or help would be appreciated! I've been really frustrated and barely able to dive for the last two months. The water here is lower 40s below the thermocline, so I can't really go back to my old scuba summer suit until, well, summer!

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