View Full Version : Perforated ear drum question

06-15-2010, 09:36
The good news is I got certified on sunday but the bad news is I perforated a ear drum too. After a visit to the local urgent care for diagnosis I was bummed but started feeling better last night. but then waking up my ear is all plugged and congested. I felt somethinglike sinus drainage and spit it out and it was all blood. is this normal?

Thanks guys

06-15-2010, 09:51

You need to make a appointment with a ENT specialist, preferably one that has knowledge of diving injuries.

When they suggest that you equalize early and often they mean it. Your instructor should have emphasized this point many times during your pool and open water training.

More info:

You can contact DAN to ask questions but they will suggest you see a doctor for specific issues regarding your injury.

06-15-2010, 09:57
They did. They were fantastic instructors. I cant blame anyone but myself for this. They pounded it into our heads and I thought I was. I didnt have a squeeze or any pain before it happened. Then at around 20' It popped really loud. No pain, I got dizzy and we went up and talked. Then I went back down and all was good the rest of the dive. later that night I got drainage with some blood in it.

Talked with DAN. They said to hang tight, that it is possible to have some blood. That it happens again then I should go in before my next appointment in a few days. They were fantastic.

Thanks for the responses. I will take any and all advice and critisicms.

06-15-2010, 11:31
Good luck, it should be fine but it is always good to get things checked out.

No criticism, just wanted to make sure you understood and got into the practice. You should start stretching and clearing before you even get into the water, clearing is especially important at the surface and the first 15ft of your decent.

Congratulations on your cert, and welcome to the forum. Stick around, you will find a lot of good information here.

06-15-2010, 12:00
I didnt mean you were criticizing me. Just wanted to let people know that as a new diver I want to hear from the "old salts" and learn from some possibly harsh words.

I never knew about the stretching and the preclearing before the dive. Since this injury I have gain a wealth of information.

Love the forum if for no other reason I get to read what others are doing in the dive world.

Thanks for the congrats. Has been a dream of mine for sometime.

06-20-2010, 13:48
Welcome to one of the greatest hobbies in the world. The perforated ear drum is a drag, but it'll heal. Just like ascents, the rule on decents is to go slow. If you can't equalize easily, ascend a few feet and try again. Don't blow harder, just ease the pressure by ascending. Stretching the neck from side to side and wiggle the jaw can also ease the process.

06-20-2010, 15:31
From your description-keep in mind I'm not an ENT, only a silly paramedic-you may have had some sinus congestion that you weren't totally aware of that lead to the ear drum issue and when the sinus tissue relaxed (as opposed to swollen) it released all that gunk. That and/or you had a release of gunk from the middle ear via the eustachian tubes.

See the ENT if it continues and Smooth Dome and Devil Diver have good suggestions too. the more, the better.

Welcome aboard and have great dives!

06-21-2010, 07:07
Thanks guys. This is a reason I wanted to get into diving. Besides my military days this is the tightest group of "guys" that i have been associated with. I have learned so much from this incident.

Chief, you are basically saying the exact same thing that my doc said. He is blaming some sinus congestion that i was unaware of. I have to say with this being the first time this happened it threw me for a loop. Still is bothering me but I was told to expect that. I see the doc again on thursday.


06-21-2010, 08:13
My understanding is it will take a good 4 weeks to fully heal. a little sudafed before a dive can help along with the aformentioned stretching. Good luck and I hope you dive again soon.