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Posted : January 21, 2008
Hi, I am 60 years old. When I was 14 I had an ear infection which eventually caused a burst eardrum. When i was 26 I had another burst eardrum caused by my husband sucking too hard! I believe it was the same ear. I have had no problems with it since, But i am nervous that the eardrum is more fragile because of what happened. I would like to learn to dive but am afraid the pressure might damage my eardrum. There is a history of deafness in my family (both my father and brother went deaf), What do you think?

Posted : January 22, 2008
Hi there. You are quite right, eardrums that have previously been perforated often are a bit weaker than undamaged ones. However, provided they are fully healed, you can still dive safely. What I'd suggest is get a doctor to have a look and make sure that the eardrum moves normally when you equalise (hold your nose and try to pop your ears). If this is successful then you can go ahead and give diving a try.
Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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