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Is it safe to perform the valsalva maneuver while scuba diving?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Usually: This is one of the typical ways used to clear the ears on desent. It should never be prolonged or aggressive. If you ears are not clearing don't keep doing the valsalva. Go up a little and wait for them to clear. If you still can't clear your ears end the dive.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Need to be able to: If you aren't able to valsalva then you should not be diving. Over-pressure from too aggressive a valsalva can damage the ear however.

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