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Common symptoms of ear barotrauma include:

  • Ear pain

  • A sensation that the ears are stuffed

  • A need to "pop" your ears by swallowing, yawning or chewing gum

More severe signs include:

  • Extreme pain in the ear

  • Dizziness (vertigo)

  • Bleeding or fluid coming from the ear, which can mean you have a ruptured eardrum

  • Hearing loss

Barotrauma of the lungs associated with scuba diving can result in coughing up blood after diving, although this is rare.

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