Volunteers Requested to Complete Survey on Ear Health and Scuba Diving
Ear health problems are one of the most commonly reported issues by divers. Problems can range from relatively simple conditions such as 'swimmers ear', to more serious conditions caused by pressure-related injuries (barotrauma) which can result in lasting damage to the ear.
With this in mind, DDRC Healthcare – a UK registered charity specialising in diving and hyperbaric medicine – is launching an anonymous on-line survey to gain a better understanding of ear health and the frequency of ear problems suffered by sport divers.
Although much has been written about 'ears and diving,' anonymous field data is sparse. In this survey, through a series of questions, DDRC hope to find out what type of ear problems are most frequently encountered while diving, if any medical advice was obtained, and if not, what was the outcome.
According to DDRC's request: 'We want divers to get involved and tell us about their ears! By taking part you can be a really important part of our 'health of divers' research programme which has successfully addressed a number of health issues over the years from drug-related issues through to cardiac health.'
All divers can participate as the first section of the survey consists of basic ear health questions that are applicable to all divers; you don’t have to suffer from any ear problem at all in order to take part in the project.
The survey should take four to five minutes to complete, and is anonymous. DDRC would really value your contribution!
Link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8MBF8C7