There are a few things you can do to try to get rid of your blocked ears after diving. First, try yawning or swallowing to see if that opens up your Eustachian tubes and relieves the pressure. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a decongestant spray or taking an oral decongestant. You can also try heating up a cup of water and holding it over your ear for a few minutes to help loosen the wax and relieve the pressure. If none of these things work, you may need to see a doctor have your ears flushed out.
What is ear barotrauma?
Ear barotrauma is a condition that can occur when the pressure in your middle ear and the pressure outside of your ear are not equalized. This can happen when you ascend or descend in altitude, such as when diving or flying. It can also happen if you experience a change in air pressure, such as from a car driving through a tunnel. Ear barotrauma can cause pain, popping, ringing, or fullness in your ears. In severe cases, it can lead to hearing loss. How to prevent ear barotrauma
There are a few things you can do to help prevent ear barotrauma and to get rid of your blocked ears after diving:
- Equalize the pressure in your middle ear with the pressure outside of your ear by yawning or swallowing before descending in altitude.
- Use a decongestant spray before diving or flying to help reduce the risk of blockage.
- Avoid changes in altitude if you have a cold, allergies, or sinus problems. These conditions can block your Eustachian tubes and make it harder to equalize the pressure in your middle ear.
If you experience pain, popping, ringing, or fullness in your ears during ascent or descent, stop what you are doing and try to equalize the pressure in your middle ear by yawning or swallowing. If this doesn’t work, descend to a lower altitude and see a doctor as soon as possible.