DAN Medical Frequently Asked Questions
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>Pain is the most common symptom of ear injury, but the most alarming symptoms are vertigo, tinnitus and acute deafness. 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 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.