Problems Equalizing While Scuba Diving: How to Equalize Ear Pressure



I am having problems equalizing my ear pressure while scuba diving. I recently took training for my open water dive certification.

I managed to pass the course but the last 2 dives I had a very hard time equalizing while I was ascending and descending. Are there more ways to equalize?


I have several tips you can try to see if it helps you to equalize while you are descending. You can find them on my page of ear scuba diving tips.

Hopefully one of those tips will help you clear your ears. There is also a link at the bottom of the page to a good video presentation dealing with equalization. If you haven't watched it yet, please take a look at it. It may help with your problem.

I would suggest to start clearing before you even begin your descent, go very slow when descending and clear the whole way down. If you feel too much pressure, ascend until you are equalized and try again.

Don't force it and take your time. I hope my tips help. Please let us know how it goes.


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Equalizing ears
by: Hot Tea

I too have a problem with equalizing as quickly and painlessly as other divers. I have used two successful methods to help the trouble and pain.

The first is by using Sudefed. I take a half dose as prescribed on the package. But, please check with a doctor or ensure you can use Sudefed before you attempt to dive with it. Also, do NOT get the type that causes drowsiness!!!

The second method I use is to inform all my diving buddies and the dive masters that I have a hard time equalizing and it always takes me a little longer to descend. They are always nice about it.

I use the method as described above...go down a little...wait a little..if all is well go down a little more. (usually about 10' increments) If you go down a little and all is NOT well, come up a little and wait (usually only a minute). As frustrating as it will ensure a pain free dive.

Good luck.

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