Ear squeeze is defined as the effect of pressure changes on the ear that occurs while scuba diving or if there are altitude changes that result to variances in the pressure between the internal and external ear. Altitude changes and scuba diving can affect the external, middle and inner ear.
What are the indications of ear squeeze?
The usual signs of ear squeeze typically include the following:
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss
- Sensation of fullness in the ear
- Ringing in the ear
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Drainage from the ear, mouth or nose
- It is vital to rest by avoiding further flights or dives as well as bending, coughing, sneezing and even attempts to equalize the pressure in the ears.
- During air travel, pre-flight decongestants as well as yawning, swallowing or chewing can lessen the pressure.
- The discomfort can be alleviated with pain medications.
- Pseudoephedrine can be given to relieve the congestion.
- Oral antibiotics are typically given if there is drainage from the ear, mouth or nose.
When to consult a doctor
It is vital to seek medical care as soon as possible if the symptom of ear squeeze is present.