Ear Care For Divers [video]

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Often overlooked by divers is the importance of proper care for our ears/aural hygiene.

Thats right… care for your ears is crucial for maintaining a healthy ear especially for divers and snorkelers.  Ear wax build-up can certainly ruin your dive trip.

Extreme buildup can form a a plug in your ear canal that traps air between itself and the eardrum.  This condition could result in a ruptured eardrum due to pressure eqalization.

An earwax plug can also lead to a form of vertigo that results from chilled water entering one of your ears, while being blocked from entering your other ear.  This condition can cause a temperature differential between your two ears that can result in what’s called caloric vertigo.

You can read further about how to properly maintain your aural hygiene here on diversalertnetwork.org

 

The following video illustrates wax buildup removal and the importance of wax removal by a medical doctor for divers.

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