Diving Ear Pain Treatment
Symptoms of diving ear pain include:
- Ear pressure
- Mild to severe ear pain
- Reduced hearing
- Ringing ear
1. Stop the Descent
- Help the person ascend until symptoms disappear. Do not go up faster than is safe.
- If ear still hurts as the person goes up, end the dive.
2. Treat Symptoms
- For pain, give ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
3. When to See a Health Care Provider
Seek medical care if:
- Pain continues after the dive is over
- There are symptoms of inner ear damage, such as deafness, ear ringing, or vertigo
- The person has experienced ear pain when diving before
If possible, see an ear, nose, and throat specialist with experience in treating diving-related ear problems.
4. Follow Up
- To avoid serious hearing loss or other problems, the person should not go on another dive until the pain goes away or the person sees a doctor.