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What may increase my risk of getting barotrauma?

The most direct risk factor for barotitis media is, of course, a change in pressure. Flying in an airplane and scuba diving are common causes. Riding elevators and driving through mountains can cause mild forms of the condition. More generally, you can be at risk for barotitis media if your ear's system for equalizing pressure with the environment is somehow impeded. Sinus infections, ear infections, hay fever, and colds can all restrict the flow of air into the ear. When a case of barotitis media causes damage to the ear, this damage increases the chances that the condition will occur again.

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