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When do I need medical attention for diving ear pain?

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For diving ear pain, get medical help right away if:

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

  • 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 had ear pain when diving before

From: Diving Ear Pain Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Divers Alert Network: "Diving Medicine Alert: Guide to Avoiding Ear and Sinus Injuries in Scuba Diving" and "Divers Guide to Ears."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Scuba Diving Safety."

U.S. Navy Diving Manual , Brookside Associates, 2006.

Diving Ear Pain Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Divers Alert Network: "Diving Medicine Alert: Guide to Avoiding Ear and Sinus Injuries in Scuba Diving" and "Divers Guide to Ears."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Scuba Diving Safety."

U.S. Navy Diving Manual , Brookside Associates, 2006.

Diving Ear Pain Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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