Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Denise | 2011-08-04

Q.

Grommets/Scuba diving and Snorkling

My daughter had grommets fitted several times when she was a baby.

Now age 27 she want to go on a scuba diving and snorkling course.

Her question is: Will her ears withstand these courses as she has heard that she can damage or burst her eardrum.

Please advise

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Denise!

Middle ear barotrauma may be the most frequent diving injury affecting novice divers. This occurs as a direct result of an improper middle ear equalization technique.

The diving instructor, diving safety officer and/or any individual charged with the responsibility of assisting/training novice divers would advise in regard to this area in great detail. Hence, adherence to the above would minimize injury. Susceptibility to injury should also be appropriately ruled out; and seeking the advice of a medical professional before embarking on any new physical activity is imperative.

Hence, it would be wise to consult a physician or Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist for an examination and appropriate advice after examination before embarking on the activity, to minimize any risk of injury.

Kind regards,
Tasveer
{Audiologist}

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2011-08-08

Hi Denise!

Middle ear barotrauma may be the most frequent diving injury affecting novice divers. This occurs as a direct result of an improper middle ear equalization technique.

The diving instructor, diving safety officer and/or any individual charged with the responsibility of assisting/training novice divers would advise in regard to this area in great detail. Hence, adherence to the above would minimize injury. Susceptibility to injury should also be appropriately ruled out; and seeking the advice of a medical professional before embarking on any new physical activity is imperative.

Hence, it would be wise to consult a physician or Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist for an examination and appropriate advice after examination before embarking on the activity, to minimize any risk of injury.

Kind regards,
Tasveer
{Audiologist}

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