DAN Medical Frequently Asked Questions

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Symptoms: Introduction

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.

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