If you’re experiencing ear pain on your dives, you need to improve your equalizing technique. This important skill prevents ear pain by (you guessed it) equalizing the pressure in your middle ears with the pressure around you. Your middle ears are connected to your throat by means of your Eustachian tubes, which are normally closed. Opening them is the key to equalizing. Read on for a few easy tips.
Listen for the pop
Swallow a few times. You should hear a slight pop about every other swallow. This is the way to naturally open your Eustachian tubes.
Get ready to equalize during your dive a few hours before. Chewing gum is a great way to encourage the above mentioned pop and open those tubes, allowing higher-pressure air from the throat to access the inner ears.
Air rises up the Eustachian tubes, and mucus flows downward. When you descend feet-first, you make it easier to equalize.
Use a descent line
Descending an anchor or mooring line helps you accurately control your descent rate and makes equalizing easier.
If it hurts, don’t do it
If you’re having a particularly hard time equalizing, come up. Your ears are delicate, and pushing through pain can damage them.
To learn more about equalizing, along with all the ins and outs of diving, call SPE Dive School at 301-657-2266 to book a diving lesson today! We’ve helped many new and experienced divers in the DC area have fun, rewarding diving experiences.