Health & Diving

Ears & Diving

Ears & Diving

Symptoms: Introduction

Pain is the most common symptom of ear injury, but the most alarming symptoms are vertigo, tinnitus

Tinnitus is noise or ringing in the ears.

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and acute deafness

The partial or complete loss of hearing from normal baseline.

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. All three symptoms may be caused by a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions that affect fitness to dive. Acute onset of these symptoms in relation to diving may indicate inner-ear barotrauma or decompression sickness and should prompt medical evaluation.

Vertigo

Persistent feeling of tilting, swaying, whirling or spinning motion of oneself or of the surrounding world when nothing is moving.

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is often confused with dizziness, which has different causes and implications. Divers should be familiar with these symptoms so that they can recognize potential problems and intervene appropriately.
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