What is barotrauma diving?
Middle-ear barotrauma (ear squeeze) is the most common dive injury. It occurs when pressure in the air space of the middle ear is not equalized to the ambient pressure. It can cause a ruptured eardrum and can happen either while diving or flying.
How long does it take to recover from barotrauma?
If barotrauma is caused by allergies or respiratory infections, it will often be resolved when the underlying cause has been resolved. Mild to moderate cases take an average of up to two weeks for a full recovery. Severe cases can take six to 12 months for a full recovery after surgery.
What are the signs and symptoms of barotrauma?
- Feeling of pressure in the ear.
- Ear pain.
- Feeling like you have a blocked ear.
- Bleeding from the ears or into the middle ear.
- Ringing in your ears.
- Hearing loss.