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    Diving Ear Pain Treatment

    Symptoms of diving ear pain (also known as barotrauma) include:

    1. Stop the Descent

    • Help the person ascend until symptoms disappear. Do not go up faster than is safe.
    • If ear still hurts as the person goes up or if there are other symptoms, end the dive.

    2. Treat Symptoms

    3. When to See a Health Care Provider

    Seek immediate medical care if:

    • Pain, a feeling like there is water in the ears, or muffled hearing continues after the dive is over
    • There are symptoms of inner ear damage, such as deafness, ear ringing, or vertigo
    • The person has experienced ear pain when diving before

    If possible, see an ear, nose, and throat specialist with experience in treating diving-related ear problems.

    4. Follow Up

    • To avoid serious hearing loss or other problems, the person should not go on another dive until the pain goes away or the person sees a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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