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lapras
October 24th, 2016, 12:19 AM
My ears feel fine, I get in the pool, and swim a lap or two, and they are KILLING me for another lap or two, and then they are fine again.

No pain for the rest of the workout or between workouts at all. It's so weird! Any idea why this is happening? My googling failed miserably.

swimslick
October 26th, 2016, 06:35 PM
I am having a somewhat similar issue. I've also googled like crazy and have found no solution. I came across a few others with similar issues, but no answers. At first I went straight to the doc since I was sure it was swimmers ear. But nope, doc saw nothing out of the ordinary.

Every so often my left ear just starts hurting while swimming. It feels like someone is shoving a pencil in my ear! But its so random. Sometimes its very brief and I just 'shake it out' and its gone. Other times it persists and it really interferes with my workout. It only happens while I'm in the water - before and after practice its fine.

I think it has to be some sort of pressure thing. I am also a diver so I know about equalization - but this doesn't exactly apply here because my ear will hurt just on the surface. When it gets particularly bad then just doing a flip-turn will prompt the stabby feeling, so just being 1-2ft under water will trigger it. I've tried equalizing anyway to no avail - so maybe its not a pressure thing? The pain I feel isn't the pressure type of pain, its very quick and intense and stabby lol. But it never feels clogged or full and no vertigo. Its only one ear, too. But it happens to be on the side I breathe most on.

However, wearing an earplug has helped tremendously. The earplug itself is not keeping any water out (cause I can hear and feel it sloshing around in there!) but it does prevent the pain. Why and how I do not know. Sometimes when I forget to wear it I'll be fine, but other times I have to get out and put it in.

I have no idea what's going on. :dunno:

lapras
October 27th, 2016, 11:30 PM
I went to the doc to have them checked and she said they look fine. I'm doing Auro Dri drops after swimming (which burn life fire) and so far it hasn't come back, but i've only been in the water a couple times since I started the drops.

If that doesn't solve it I may try earplugs. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one!

swimslick
October 28th, 2016, 05:28 PM
Sure thing. Come back and post if you ever figure it out! As for the drops, they didn't help with my problem. But they did help save my neck from kinking up from trying to shake out water lol. I will also leave this thread I found here in case it is useful to anyone else out there (similar issue, no answers though). Know that you are not alone!

http://www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/ear-issue-even-in-very-shallow-water.344048/