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    Hi all, You may remember back in 2019 I bought...

    Hi all,

    You may remember back in 2019 I bought an ear ottoscope from Amazon so I could see what my problem was for myself. Here is what my eardrums looked like back in March 2020 which was the...
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    @Ihsaan, @Tim Digger Can an eardrum that has...

    @Ihsaan, @Tim Digger

    Can an eardrum that has been damaged through retraction, heal itself and stiffen if the negative pressure issue is solved? Ive been researching this alot and haven't found a...
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    Thanks Ihsaan. What do you think a dive doctor...

    Thanks Ihsaan.

    What do you think a dive doctor would say now if I go for a fitness to dive check?

    1. They would see that I still have some eardrum damage, i.e a thin weak membrane. I would...
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    Couple of weeks further on from the above and its...

    Couple of weeks further on from the above and its getting loads easier to pop my ears.

    I do it three times a day now at least, and its getting much more comfortable to do.

    I reckon this is...
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    Hi all. For the last 11 days in a row now I...

    Hi all.

    For the last 11 days in a row now I have been able to pop both my ears. It seems (touch wood) to be getting easier to do.

    My left ear pops easier than my right. To get my right ear to...
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    Hi Ihsaan. Hope you are well also. I agree...

    Hi Ihsaan. Hope you are well also.

    I agree with you, the fact my ears pop sometimes, tells me this is something quite transient and therefore solvable, or at least manageable. They do seem to...
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    Its not just about diving any more, its general...

    Its not just about diving any more, its general ear health too.

    I accept that I'm fighting an uphill battle here. My eustachian tubes don't work properly, whether it is due to scar tissue, poor...
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    Thanks Tim. My thinking about the chamber was...

    Thanks Tim.

    My thinking about the chamber was I could spend more time at a slightly elevated constant, controllable, pressure, which would give my ears time to react. Whereas doing a valsalva or...
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    Yeah I could probably write a book on this topic...

    Yeah I could probably write a book on this topic now. Feels like it should be so easy to solve doesn't it. It's just a 1.5" long tube linking my middle ears and nose cavity. How such a simple thing...
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    Thanks for your reply, but sorry that's not how...

    Thanks for your reply, but sorry that's not how this works. Your friend clearly has no problems pushing air up his eustachian tubes and out through what must be a perforated eardrum. My problem is...
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    Hope everyone is well lately. No doubt a great...

    Hope everyone is well lately. No doubt a great many of you missing being able to dive for the last year. Hopefully you'll be able to get back to it soon. It is very quiet here for the last year.

    I...
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    Mine crackle and make funny noises all the time...

    Mine crackle and make funny noises all the time too. Still havent figured it out and definitive answers seem impossible to come by. Everyone I ask describes it differently. Let me know if you figure...
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    Hi all. Hope all well and had a good xmas and...

    Hi all.

    Hope all well and had a good xmas and new year.

    Sorry to start this thread up again.

    I got in the pool last night, first time since I did the OW course.

    I felt my right ear squeak...
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    Yep I didnt know that wax could form its own thin...

    Yep I didnt know that wax could form its own thin crust over the whole eardrum and look like a second skin from the outside. So what I thought was the surface of my eardrum was actually a membrane of...
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    I had a pool practice tonight, no SCUBA gear just...

    I had a pool practice tonight, no SCUBA gear just ducking under with a mask on.

    I was able to wiggle my jaw around in conjunction with a nose pinch and pop my right ear. My left was more...
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    Ha ha! Perhaps! Ok so this is what I did...

    Ha ha! Perhaps!




    Ok so this is what I did before, and the pressure did go away, then I got the problems afterward (i.e after the diving had finished).

    If i get a squeek on trying to...
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    Im thinking it would be easier to control the...

    Im thinking it would be easier to control the pressure that the electronic device gives, compared to the sudden / more uncontrolled discharge of the balloon? I dunno, clutching at straws maybe.
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    Looking at these. Maybe will be easier to use...

    Looking at these. Maybe will be easier to use than the balloon?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XQBR6GQ?ref=myi_title_dp
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    This is exactly what happened during my open...

    This is exactly what happened during my open water dives. Then i had blood in my ear for the next month, blockages, crackling, vertigo, hearing reduction, hearing my own pulse.

    Whats most annoying...
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    I dont see how Im overdoing it. My eardrums are...

    I dont see how Im overdoing it. My eardrums are already badly retracted because of persistent negative pressure because my tubes dont open properly. I need to get them to open more not less. Ill try...
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    I am going to get in the water as well. Im...

    I am going to get in the water as well.

    Im just confused about what i should/shouldnt be able to do.

    All those people were able to inflate their ears with a gentle blow, clearly and repeatably....
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    Did you watch the section of video I pointed to?

    Did you watch the section of video I pointed to?
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    Your right, I am a bit of an over thinker....

    Your right, I am a bit of an over thinker. However, I don't think its true that I shouldn't be able to detect/do this on the surface.

    I found a really good video on Youtube from an American ENT,...
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    I think now that the Valsalva method is not ideal...

    I think now that the Valsalva method is not ideal for me, for whatever reason my tubes dont open easily against pressure so i need to be focusing on learning to use the throat muscles more...
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    Yes I have one. I cant/wont blow hard enough to...

    Yes I have one. I cant/wont blow hard enough to inflate the balloon. This is why I wonder if i am blowing hard enough, but I dont want to risk pushing really hard without guidance/supervision.
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