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November 2018    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 33, No. 11   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Donít Bust Your Ears

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We all know the rule: Don't dive with a head cold. Too many times, the dilemma arises when you finally get to go on that dive trip you've been so looking forward to - and forked out plenty for - only to discover you've caught a cold.

Robert Levine (Englishtown, NJ) faced that situation earlier this year. During a Blackbeard's Cruise trip on Morning Star in the Bahamas, he had difficulty clearing his ears and finally blew so hard attempting to equalize, he damaged an eardrum and was consigned to shallow snorkeling the rest of the week. Levine says it was the first time he's ever had to call Divers Alert Network in the 26 years he has held its insurance. They were great, confirmed it was not an uncommon problem with divers, and told him to see an ENT doctor or visit a medical clinic....

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