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There's lots of techniques you can use, yawning, wiggling your jaw, swallowing, lifting your chin..... etc etc.... but ultimately the best advice is do it often and take it slowly.
Once you traumatise the middle ear/eustachian tubes you risk making it all harder, possibly for days afterwards.
There are a very small number of people, for one reason or another, can not equalise. Iíve only come across one in nearly 40 year teaching diving.
Originally Posted by NW6 1TH
I think the only problem generally is the speed of ascent not matching the speed of equalising (due to physical issues or congestion).
Originally Posted by Nickpicks
As you note the best advice is do it often and take it slowly. Also equalise BEFORE there is any pressure build up both ascending and descending. Done this way there should never be any pain or ear damage.
Originally Posted by ebt