Problem with one ear only

1 year 5 months ago #302516 by Annalisekerry
Annalisekerry created the topic: Problem with one ear only
hey divers,

I'm a newbie to the dive world and have just logged up eight dives. Since dive 1 I've had issues with equalising my right ear. My left ear always equalises, without fail. My right on the other hand never equalises. It has only ever equalised once when I was doing a safety stop and was ascending when I needed to be neutrally buoyant so I let some air out and had to descend slightly and equalise my ears - which they both did.

But other than that every time I descend at the start of the dive my right ear will not equalise. If I go down too quickly it hurts, so I have to ascend slightly, wait a moment and then descend again. It doesn't equalise but the pain goes away. I can continue the dive from that point on only equalising the left throughout. I feel no pain from the right again but it still never equalises. When I get out of the water I can't hear properly out of the right and it continues to pop over the next 24 hours or so slowly and in small increments until I can hear normally again.

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this or knows anything about it. I started out my first dive so anxious and am just starting to feel comfortable and absolutely hooked so I'm really hoping this is not something which is going to prevent me from diving..

My dad also had similar issues?
Thank you

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1 year 5 months ago #302517 by AB
AB replied the topic: Problem with one ear only
Annalise,
Your ear is equalising, but slowly. You would not make depth without tearing the fragile skin that is your eardrum without equalising. It sounds like you have a constricted eustachian tube, which could be genetic, and you should talk to a doctor about it before you rupture your eardrum. There are quite a few things the doctor might do to alleviate this problem, so it is worth seeing a doctor.

A couple of ruptures could end your diving so don't risk it!

Alan
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1 year 5 months ago #302518 by Annalisekerry
Annalisekerry replied the topic: Problem with one ear only
Thank you very much for your response Alan. I figured I would probably have to go to a doctor.. and I will cause I do not want to hurt anything!

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1 year 5 months ago - 1 year 5 months ago #302530 by mark225
mark225 replied the topic: Problem with one ear only
One thing I emphasize with new divers is to equalize right from the very surface, don't wait a meter, do it as soon as your head is underwater and keep doing it until 12m or so then as needed. Be patient , if you have a hood on make sure you let a bit of water get in around your ear by pulling it away from your cheek.
Try not to yo yo up and down on the decent slowly slowly down.
You are not on your own here lots of newbies have trouble at first.
As Alan said you are in fact able to equalize
Good Luck let us know how you go next time

Cheers
Mark
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