I thought I would start a new thread as I have received a diagnosis which is really a bummer. Thread can be moved as appropriate.
I have pressure issues with my right ear, as I've read a few other ppl do. Basically, I've gone to an ENT specialist, who found I had a slightly deviated septum, which does not warrant surgery. I've been told there is little they can do for my Eustachian tube pressure issues, besides installing tubes, which isn't an option. The Dr. suggested I avoid scuba and skydiving. I mentioned that I skydive, and he then mentioned the tubes, as he's done for pro competitive skydivers in the past. That seemed excessive and a little oldschool. He's very well credentialed, but also an older man who is definitely nearing the end of his career.
Basically my right ear won't clear for often 1-24 hrs after a jump. I have listened to the Skydive Radio episode about this, and am feeling pretty down.
I've done 5 jumps, one being my AFF lvl 1. I am concerned about going more than 1 jump per day while the pressure persists. Not being able to do 3+ jumps per day has definitely effected my progress/confidence, as going wk/wks between doesn't help anything.
I can't accept a diagnosis that I can't jump again. So I have 2 main questions.
1) Has anyone, or is it possible, that with continued jumping I will adapt to the pressure, and it will no longer be a problem?
-- It is not really painful, I simply can't rly hear properly with the right ear until it clears.
2) Is there a way to obtain a license without doing freefall?
-- I'm thinking hop n' pops, or possibly going out at 8-10k instead of 12.5k, after lower altitude training
A 3rd possibility is I've only jumped in the midwest. I only have problems when coming down, I can clear fine going up. I am likely moving to Phoenix for work, so my ground level will change from ~500ft to ~2000. Maybe I will have less pressure issues not going all the way back to near sealevel...
Got the news from the Dr. yesterday, and am rly bummed. Can't accept never going again, and now that the season is done in IL/WI until nxt yr, I can't just sit and stew.
Any and all suggestions/feedback is welcome, even if it's tough sh**, skydiving isn't for you....
EDIT: Does anyone have experience with the aforementioned ear tube procedure?
(This post was edited by jajunk on Oct 21, 2011, 12:13 PM)
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