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Posted : June 3, 2009
Hi there,

I am about to go on a diving holiday and am a little worried about my left ear.

I recently went swimming and when i dived into the pool the impact of the water on my ear caused the ear to hurt internally.

The pain wasn't too great but i am worried about whether the pressure when underwater scuba diving is similar to the impact caused when diving into a pool.

Any advice and information would be greatly appreciated.

eD :)

Posted : June 3, 2009
Hi again

The big difference between diving into a pool and scuba is the speed of the pressure change. A sudden increase can cause pain, whereas if you regulate the descent speed with scuba, equalising as you go, you shouldn't ever get to the point where it starts to hurt (this may take some practise though). If you've not tried scuba before then a few pool sessions to get the hang of equalising would be advisable.


Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
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