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Does Diving Affect Your Hearing?

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Ear injuries make up about 65 percent of dive disorders. Decompression sickness can affect the inner ear, where inert gas bubbles form and grow. Barotrauma can occur when divers have trouble equalizing pressure in the middle ear during a descent. But what's the longterm effect of regular diving on one's hearing? While a lot of old-time divers seem to blame their hearing loss on diving, it just isn't so. The most recent studies of the topic provide a pretty consistent answer: long-term diving doesn't have much of an effect on hearing....


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