Ear injuries can occur when air pressure outside the ear increases or
decreases while the air pressure inside the ear remains the same. This might
happen when an airplane changes altitude or when a scuba diver descends or
ascends under water.
Both of these types of injuries are know as barotrauma.
January 12, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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