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    Ear clearing, not using hands

    A controversy in a previous thread about fullface mask design, led me to ask: What proportion of divers can easily routinely clear their ears without pinching the nose with their hands?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasalis_muscle

    I can clear my ears "no hands", by closing the nostrils by using the small muscles called "compressor naris" or "nasalis", described at this link.

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    Re: Ear clearing, not using hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Appleyard  View Original Post
    A controversy in a previous thread about fullface mask design, led me to ask: What proportion of divers can easily routinely clear their ears without pinching the nose with their hands?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasalis_muscle

    I can clear my ears "no hands", by closing the nostrils by using the small muscles called "compressor naris" or "nasalis", described at this link.
    Tongue to roof of mouth and swallow.
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    I can do it now just by thinking about it. But to be able to do that I had the pleasure of my frontal sinus canal being bored with an 8th inch drill bit.

    Can't say I ever had much trouble with ears but on my first open water dive I thought my head was going to implode. Never had so much pain in my life. With bad buoyancy control I clawed my way back to the surface like a scolded cat.

    Went to the doctor who said my sinus passages were completely blocked. A 1000 quid's worth of gear sitting in the corner for what became nearly a year before I could get back in the water.

    I think the drill bit they used was too big coz the same day they let me out of hospital It haemorrhaged and then I had to have it cauterised to stop the bleeding which hurts more than head implosion. After that they would not let me out of hospital until it was nearly healed.

    I was nearly ready to take up snooker instead. Stupid diving.. It's for fishes.

    I always tell people now who take up diving that when they get a medical to make 100% sure their sinus passages are clear because I had no clues mine were blocked and don't remember being nasal checked either when I had my medical.
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    Re: Ear clearing, not using hands

    wiggle jaw. job done.

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    Re: Ear clearing, not using hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Appleyard  View Original Post
    A controversy in a previous thread about fullface mask design, led me to ask: What proportion of divers can easily routinely clear their ears without pinching the nose with their hands?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasalis_muscle

    I can clear my ears "no hands", by closing the nostrils by using the small muscles called "compressor naris" or "nasalis", described at this link.
    I could do that once or twice. But I used FFMs in the aquarium for years and after a while you start to get tired and mine clear less and less easily. So at the end of a 2 hour dive in the aquarium going up and down 20 or 30 times between 0 and 7m my ears were pretty sore. I eventually quit this job because I got sick of using the FFMs for such an otherwise enjoyable dive (cleaning windows, catching fish for medical treatments etc).

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    Re: Ear clearing, not using hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Appleyard  View Original Post
    A controversy in a previous thread about fullface mask design, led me to ask: What proportion of divers can easily routinely clear their ears without pinching the nose with their hands?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasalis_muscle

    I can clear my ears "no hands", by closing the nostrils by using the small muscles called "compressor naris" or "nasalis", described at this link.


    Wiggle jaws, that's it.

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    Re: Ear clearing, not using hands

    Many people can't do this, but there are muscles on the Eustachian tubes near the ear drum that can open the tubes to equalize pressure. To me it feels like I'm using muscles just behind the ear lobes. There is a crackling sound as the muscles open the tubes.

    If I don't have a cold or my ears are not inflamed from multi-day diving I can use these muscles at will to equalize.

    I guess I use the "voluntary" technique described in the article below. It contains a diagram of the musculature. I think I am just consciously moving these muscles only, no jaw movement or swallowing is required. As the article says, practice (above the water) makes perfect.

    http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/me...uidetoEars.pdf
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