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Posted : February 23, 2008
Good morning Dr Firth.. My question is:-
My buddy has just had GROMMETTS inserted in his ears..Will this infect his diving??


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Posted : February 24, 2008
Good morning indeed. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but your buddy cannot dive with grommets in. They are tiny tubes that create a perforation in the eardrum, usually to allow infectious gunk to drain out of the middle ear in people who get recurrent ear infections. However, when diving, this means that water can flood straight in, which could cause all sorts of problems - more infections, vertigo, dizziness etc. So my advice is to stay out of the water until the grommets are out and the eardrum has completely sealed over. Once that's happened, your buddy could probably resume diving again, but best to get someone to look in the ears while they're equalising to make sure all's OK.

Regards
Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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