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Posted : April 13, 2009
Hi. I have had slight noise induced hearing loss for a few years now. I have no problems equalising and no pain but will this loss cause me any problems in the future as I would like to progress to divemaster for a change of career.

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Posted : April 14, 2009
Hello. Diving does carry with it a risk of damage to hearing, so it comes down to an individual decision as to whether the pleasures and benefits of diving outweigh this risk. Gone are the days where we can tell people not to dive because of this risk, but you need to be comfortable with the possibility of further hearing loss or maybe even deafness, as a result of diving. It is unlikely, but does happen.

Regards

Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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