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    I was wondering how everyone else is finding their hearing after all those years of diving.

    Admittedly, I cannot claim that I have been diving for 30-odd years or do 4 dives a day as a dive guide, but I am active in the sport and over the last few years my hearing has definitely deteriorated.

    I have about 30% hearing loss in my left ear and tinnitus is rather noticeable too nowadays in both ears - in fact it's buzzing even now. This somehow has started to affect me on the boats as well - I get sick a lot easier.

    It really has got me thinking after meeting an old school commie with hearing aids in both of his ears.
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    Same here.

    Definitely lost some in my right ear, probably all those years of dive guiding as a DM and 'having' to get down and so people around.

    Found ear drops help clear out wax buildup to remove that part of hearing problems and also taking sudafed and optrivine before diving helps with clearing ears and sinus.


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    Re: Hearing

    I had a mastoidectomy when I was 4 years old. All in all I have had four surgeries on my left ear and one on my right. I am totally deaf in my left ear, have about 80 percent in my right. Believe it or not, diving has helped my hearing. In summer months, I wear a hood, keeping the water warm inside almost like a warm water flush. Also to help the junk from some of our dive sites from entering my ear canal. I have less ear infections and drainage in my ears and they feel the best when I am diving frequently. Since I started diving my ears have been easier to keep clean and less ear infections when most get ear infections from the junk in the water. I used to get my ears cleaned, (sucked out with a vacuum) every six months. The last few trips to the specialist he was amazed how clean they were. I haven't had it done for two years now! This was something I had to do all my life and now approachinmg 44, trust me on how sweet this is. I used to get ear infections monthly...royal pain in the ass, so daily drops where the only remedy, now almost nil!
    Sorry to hear if it's causing some of you hearing loss. I read somewhere that salt water was related in dry ear, infections and irritation more than fresh water, makes sense if you think about that I guess. In my case its benefited me, then again all my diving is in fresh water.
    In my experience and opinion, ear wax removal systems, (those ones with the friggin turkey baster pump for flushing) are a bad mix. Have heard the home remedy of peroxide and water mix, again not diluted right can dry and cause irritation, ear wax becomes hard and blocking the ear canal thus inflammation and irreversible hearing loss and damage. I recommend you see your doctor at least twice a year, every six months if your a heavy diver especially. An ear, nose and throat specialist are one of the best asset next to your family doctor, in my opinion. I'm no specialist, just a guy who has had a life of dealing with ear issues. As for my hearing, again only four years of diving, but nothings changed according to my last hearing test.

    Good Luck all!
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    Re: Hearing

    I've been diving for 20+ years with technical diving the last 10 and CCR the last 4. I've never been kind enough to my hearing until it started to fail about 10 years ago...hmmm... Now I have tinnitus in both ears with about 30% loss on both sides. Truly, I don't think I can blame it on diving because of my career, hobbies, lack of foresight on hearing protection,etc...but I would be curious also to hear more about any information regarding the effects of high partial pressures of oxygen on hearing. I am about a week into my new hearing aids and while they help, the loss of this sense really sucks...

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    Re: Hearing

    I have a only modest experience in rebreather diving but before I did quite a lot of spearfishing and freedidiving. What I can tell you IMHO is the frequent equilibrations (even using BTV) you do when freediving is way worst for me than scuba diving specially in cold waters. I found that the buzzing you feel is unfortunately very common in our activity (including for me).
    This said I think that everybody should at least try to take it easy with the valsalva and experiment with other methods such as the BTV. Bonus being that if you could do it, it is freeing your hand during the descent (most of the rebreather diver I know claims they could use a pair of additional hands ;))) .
    I hope your ears will be fine
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    Re: Hearing

    Same with me. I went to the ENT because after 1 particular dive (as I remember it) my left ear started the annoying ringing (Tinnitus). While at the ENT, I was sent to an audiologist and underwent the hearing tests. You remember from school.....raise the hand you hear the sound on. Anyways, along with Tinnitus, I have about a 30% hearing loss in my left ear. After the last 3yrs of post diagnosis, I've learned to live with the ringing. Funny thing is that I get a lot of relief from the ringing when diving. Obviously, I try to dive as often as possible


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    Re: Hearing

    Have not got tested for hearing loss but, I feel there's definately some difference between now & before I took up diving 12 years ago.....
    I am having some diificulties hearing certain frequency of sound.

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    Re: Hearing

    Diving since 2003, i do like to claim the loss of hearing on my diving. But on the other hand, i turn 40 this year so it might also be age related...

    However, mates my age do not experience the same loss so i still blame it on the diving. Bubbles smashing up past the ears and the 20ish infections i have had since i took up cave diving all contribute to it. At least it seems like a reasonable explanation. I have diving freinds as well, but none of them dive as much as i do and they are not affected (yet...).
    Tinnitus i got a few years ago, luckily it's not so strong but still quite annoying whenever it's quiet around me.

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    Hear hear! Same here!

    The wife claims mine has got decidedly worse in the last year or so. She also lost majority of her hearing in one ear after a dive on the spiegel

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    Re: Hearing

    I did my hearing test in 2010 before my RB course. Realised that my left ear can't detect even the highest pitch!

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