Last year for a college credit, I took a diving course. It was an excellent experience but near the end we were required to ditch our weight belt and then do a fast descent to retrieve it at the bottom of the pool (about 13 feet down). During the descent I forgot to equalize my ears, and, as a result, minutely ruptured my eardrum. After I figured out what happened, I asked other students if they had forgotten to equalize at all. Many had, but no one else damaged their ears.
I have a history of sinus issues (mostly just allergies that ended up being sinus infections), but it wasn’t an issue in the pool until I messed up and didn’t equalize the pressure. This all happened in the last week of class before the dive cert., and as a result, I have never dove past 13 feet.
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