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What is the Valsalva maneuver and how can it prevent ear injury?

The Valsalva maneuver helps equalize air pressure in the ears and can keep the eardrum from rupturing due to abrupt air pressure changes experienced while flying, scuba or deep sea diving. To perform this maneuver, pinch the nostrils closed. While keeping your mouth shut, blow gently as if you were blowing your nose. This technique forces air into the Eustachian tubes of your ears, which serves to equalize the air pressure between your inner and outer ear.

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