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Many people who suffer from ETF issues can have trouble with diving. A common problem is difficulty with the ears during descent. When this occurs at 5 feet depth there may be a closure or obstruction of the Eustachian tube. At 15 feet, in a person otherwise healthy, I usually find slow mucociliary flow and correction of this problem allows the diver to continue diving with treatment.
Eustacian tube function (ETF) has been shown to be directly dependent upon mucociliary clearance (MCC), the function of this cilia. Serous otitis is significantly present with decreased MCC. In hyperbaric chamber treatment, where hyperbaric oxygen is a known inhibitor of MCC, the incidence of serous otitis is so high that many doctor’s who don’t know about fCR will place a middle ear drain tube is.
For divers who cannot clear at 15 feet a tip is that you can try lots of hot tea and proteolytic enzyme tablets, one every four hours. Start proteolytic enzyme tablets the day before diving. Don’t smoke and avoid boat exhaust fumes as they can also inhibit MCC. If still not clear, use Saltaire nasal irrigation device daily; start 5 days before diving, and use the morning of the dive. More men than women have this difficulty because more men have a deviated septum, which is really just a mis-aligned vomer bone (easy to correct with fCR) or they blow their nose too hard. Blow gently. For regular nasal congestion or chronic sinusitis fCR is even more important for you.
For most divers it is best to start proteolytic enzyme tablets the day before diving. For someone who has a history of difficulty in clearing the ears, start 3 days before the dive. proteolytic enzyme tablets can be found on the web and in some stores, but be sure to check that the enzymes are calibrated in enzyme activity units – otherwise they may do no good.
On descent, try to go down on a line feet first, never head down. Try to clear about every 5 feet. Be gentle.. If trouble clearing, hold the nose and force air very gently. Or go up a few feet. Another technique is to lift the tongue against the roof of the mouth and swallow. All beginning divers have some difficulty in equalizing, so don’t be embarrassed.
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