The treatment is painless. At the beginning and end of your treatment, you may notice a feeling of fullness in your ears. This is much like the feeling when flying in an airplane or diving underwater. As your eardrums respond to the changing pressure, you may hear popping or crackling noises. The Paramedic / Nurse will teach you how to relieve this sensation by clearing your ears.
- The first thing you do to prepare for your treatment is to change into a suit made of a fire retardant fabric or 100% cotton.
- The staff will assist you in entering the treatment chamber. You will be positioned at your seat.
- Now we are ready to pressurize the chamber, this is when you need to clear your ears. Compression takes about 10-15 minutes and you will have to clear your ears several times during this phase. If you have P.E. tubes you do not need to clear your ears. Notify the inside attendant at the first sign of discomfort in your ears or sinuses so we can stop compression and help you. The Technician / Doctor will adjust the rate of compression to reduce the fullness in your ears.
- You will notice the air gets warm during compression. When our treatment pressure is attained, we will vent out the warm air and ventilate with fresh air for the whole time of the treatment. The chamber has an air conditioning system. Treatment normally ends after about 90 minutes
- The inside observer will place your Oxygen mask / hood on and set the oxygen flow and exhaust dump hose to the proper settings. Hoods, neck rings and console panel are the responsibility of the inside observer and should not be operated by the patient. Neck rings must remain on until the end of the treatment. The staff will assist you in removing the neck rings.
- After your treatment is finished we slowly decompress the chamber. This takes another 10 - 15 minutes. Don't try to clear your ears during the decompression phase. Your ears will clear automatically.
Safety is important...
To decrease the risks of fire inside the chamber, we take several precautions. The oxygen concentration inside the chamber is constantly monitored and kept at a safe level. Everyone inside should wear clothes of 100% cotton or fire retardant material.
- In the unlikely event that a fire occurs, the inside observer will provide you with guidelines to follow. Try to stay in your seat. A fire deluge system will be activated.
We cannot legally treat you without your written consent. You will be asked to sign a form consenting to treatments and photographs (of wounds).