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    Equalising help

    Hi hope someone can help, I more than often find it difficult to equalise my left ear, but sometimes i can do it without problems. I have been diving in the sea to 30m so I know I can do it and don't have any major disfunction with my ears. "Most of the time" when on dry land or indoors I cannot seem to equalise my left ear using the pinch and blow method. This often worries me, especially the night before a dive as i worry it will be a wasted journey. This evening for example, Im using an octovent balloon; sometimes I can hear my left ear cackle and pop, but another blow seconds later I cannot hear this crackling or popping, it seems odd. Is it possible while equalising on dry land, when the pressure is released (i.e I stop blowing/using a balloon) that the ear tube could remain in the open position, so that when the pinch blow is administered again (within seconds) it makes no discernible difference ?? Ive been practising equalising for the last hour and now my left ear feels slightly "dull" like its full up

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    You've just made it unhappy - give it a rest. You won't necessarily hear crackles and pops anyway - my right ear (which is rubbish) does all that, but my left never does anything discernible at all.
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    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 it out.

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    I have to equalise 2 different ways - one for each ear. Pinch and blow sorts my right ear - pinch and swallow (whilst tipping my head to the right to straighten any tubes?!) seems to work best for my left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattJ View Post
    I have to equalise 2 different ways - one for each ear. Pinch and blow sorts my right ear - pinch and swallow (whilst tipping my head to the right to straighten any tubes?!) seems to work best for my left.
    Will deffo try that once back in the water; thing is i try all combinations of head movements blowing, tipping head to one side, looking up, making a "K" sound with the lounge while tightening the chest muscles ect ect ect; all sorts and eventually its sorted. Its just realising what it is exactly that does it, thats the issue with me at least i just dont know.

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    Opening your jaws and waggling them from side to side may help! This is difficult as conventional mouthpieces may fall out. An orthodontic moulded mouth piece may help enable this if trials while holding the mouthpiece in place show promise.
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