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Old 12-09-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Another Ear injury

So I injured my ear this summer, took 3 months off as the ear nerve specialist suggested. I got back in the water, dove 1 shallow spearing session. Had a few weeks, then went on a long 6 hour session in a contest. I hit some 50s with no clearing issues and started to struggle with clearing at the end of the day. The next day the injured ear would not clear well, I kept it shallow diving carefully and still lost all the hearing in my left ear. WTF?

Are there any guys on here that can not dive 2 days in a row or fatigue plays a primary issue in clearing?

I am back on the steroids and hoping for the hearing to return. Does diving shallower make a big difference for risk on this? I am looking for experiences.
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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So I injured my ear this summer, took 3 months off as the ear nerve specialist suggested. I got back in the water, dove 1 shallow spearing session. Had a few weeks, then went on a long 6 hour session in a contest. I hit some 50s with no clearing issues and started to struggle with clearing at the end of the day. The next day the injured ear would not clear well, I kept it shallow diving carefully and still lost all the hearing in my left ear. WTF?

Are there any guys on here that can not dive 2 days in a row or fatigue plays a primary issue in clearing?

I am back on the steroids and hoping for the hearing to return. Does diving shallower make a big difference for risk on this? I am looking for experiences.
So your injured ear wouldn't clear... and you dove again the next day?

I know what the problem is, there is a thing between your ears that is malfunctioning... it usually malfunctions due to lack of use.

Seriously... deep or shallow is irrelevant... you can damage your ears in 3ft of water if you can't clear...

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Old 12-09-2014, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Another Ear injury

If you truly suffered a complete loss of hearing in your ear then you obviously have a big problem. Do you get dizzy when you are at depth? It is not normal for middle ear pressures to be fully transmitted to the inner ear. You likely have a perilymphatic fistula. If your hearing does not return, and you don't get vertigo at depth, you would probably be OK to keep diving. If your hearing returns and you want to keep it, you should probably never dive again.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: Another Ear injury

I'd take this guy's advice, after all, his name is earesponsible.
The biggest pressure gradients are when first entering the water. Having lost my hearing until getting surgery, I'd highly recommend finding out just WTH is going on before diving anymore. Not having the ability to discern which direction sound is coming from...sucks! Seemingly, it's worse than losing sight in one eye. Constantly looking around trying to figure out which direction the noise is coming from.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:21 PM   #5
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I'd take this guy's advice, after all, his name is earesponsible.
The biggest pressure gradients are when first entering the water. Having lost my hearing until getting surgery, I'd highly recommend finding out just WTH is going on before diving anymore. Not having the ability to discern which direction sound is coming from...sucks! Seemingly, it's worse than losing sight in one eye. Constantly looking around trying to figure out which direction the noise is coming from.
Looking back, I already had told him the same thing the last time he posted about this. I guess he didn't listen.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:54 PM   #6
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Earresponsible, I did get everything checked out thoroughly and I was cleared by an inner ear specialist at 3 months. I had ringing but all sound returned. I cleared totally fine the first 2/3s of the first day and really had a problem the second. I have has no loss of direction or dizziness at all. No pop, just come up and the sound is off. I thought I was total green per the expert. The issue seems fatigue related but of course I am NO expert.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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I went through Dan, saw an ent that sent me to an inner ear expert. They said it was an inner ear nerve issue. I am not understand how I can clear fine one day and not the next. I have read everything carefully. I had done the mucinex, nasanex, up to and then just before I did the afton just to be sure. Sinuses were clear as a whistle.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:00 AM   #8
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How is a fistula checked for? They did all kinds of hearing test. I lost a bunch of hearing but not all of it even tough I thought I did.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:10 AM   #9
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Ok bulb test and exploratory surgery! Not cool. Most of the fistula writings are focused on vertigo and I have had zero experience of it yet. Any other things I should consider checking out?
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:36 AM   #10
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Your right ear responsible, you did warn me after I looked back through the post. I am do confused with there being no dizziness and the first day being pretty fine. I am no clear on if I set firm
Limits for my self if I will be ok. That one day felt like heaven.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:49 AM   #11
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Re: Another Ear injury

Not to jack the thread but... I had a reverse block while freediving one week ago. First time it ever happened. I took a couple breaths on the surface while experiencing lots of pain in my ear and shot back down to 10 feet or so and it cleared. Then a few days later I went scuba diving when I hit the surface I was super super super dizzy but no ear issues at that time. The symptoms subsided after about 20 seconds. I went back out yesterday and it happened again a reverse block in the same ear while freediving.... I talked with a doc friend and he recommended Afrin for now then a flonase for long term to help prevent this. Any other recommendations? This is all new to me.
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