I struggle with ear clearing when I first dive as part of my trip, any suggestions?

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asked Jul 14, 2018 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

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answered Jul 17, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
selected Jul 17, 2018 by Davidb
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I sometimes find it more difficult at the start of a trip as well  I generally attribute it to mild congestion brought on by exposure to different pollen, dry air from the hotel room ac, etc. once I have acclimated, it generally clears up.

It generally helps if I pre-equalize just before I begin my descent, and then I take it nice and slow in a head up position through the first 20 to 30 feet. I also find that if one ear is having more problems, then tilting my head so that ear is higher also helps (tilting your head elongates the Eustachian tube and makes it easier to open).

Check out this article from DAN that includes a few different techniques that you can try:


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answered Jul 16, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Equalize early and often, start as you enter the water and every few feet as you descend. If you have trouble ascend a few feet and try again. Make a slow descent. If you descend with a line, descend hand over hand and equalize with each hand placement. Hope this helps. If you can not equalize, end the dive. It not worth hurting yourself.
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answered Jul 14, 2018 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Start early with equalizing... Before entering Even. And take descending slowly
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