Otovent and Equalisation Class
£10.00 – £30.00
Learning to equalise correctly and effectively is the holy grail for many freedivers. Equalisation difficulties can demoralise even the most enthusiastic freediver.
The otovent is an incredibly simple device that can hold the key to overcoming this stumbling block and opening doors (and eustachian tubes) the world over. Whether you’re struggling to learn the Frenzel equalisation technique, or attempting to master the mouthfill, the otovent is an invaluable tool to help us learn more about equalisation and master the movement of our tongue, soft palette, glottis and eustachian tubes.
Now Emma brings a full online training session to help you improve your equalisation too!
In our Otovent and Equalisation class, Emma will show you how to:
- Become aware of the soft palette, glottis, tongue, eustachian tubes and jaw muscles
- Use the otovent to practice the Frenzel equalisation technique
- Use the otovent to maintain the soft palette in an open, closed, or neutral position
- Use the otovent to practice techniques needed for mouth fill equalisation
- Learn how to use the otovent to clear fluid build up in the middle ear
If you cannot make the live class then a recording is available for a limited time.
For Otovent and Equalisation class, you will need:
- An otovent (this can be purchased at checkout).
- Spare small balloons. The pressure tested balloons supplied with the otovent can be challenging for some people to use at first. We recommend also buying some small party balloons that will be easier to blow up
- A glass of water
If you need to purchase an otovent for the class then please select this option from the purchase options at checkout.
A little background….
The original Otovent was developed and launched in 1993 by Kestrel Medical to help people suffering from glue ear. Glue ear is a condition, mainly found in children, where the eustachian tube which connects the back of the throat with the middle ear can’t easily open to allow air to enter the middle ear. As a result, fluid starts to be secreted from the cells lining the middle ear which then accumulates and cannot be released, as the eardrum is a barrier one way, and the blocked eustachian tube the other.
This can cause hearing reduction or loss, pain, dizziness and clumsiness, sleep issues, irritability, tinnitus and speech development issues in children. In addition, glue ear causes infection and this can lead to perforated eardrums as the build up of infected fluid pushes out against the ear drum until it breaks. As a result, grommits are often used to treat glue ear.
The Otovent was developed to be a less invasive, safer and less traumatic way to alleviate glue ear in children by allowing them to use the device to open the eustachian tube and allow accumulated fluid to pass out and air to travel in, thus removing the initial cause of glue ear in the first place.
The device is simple – a tiny, pressure tested balloon is attached to a small nozzle that plugs one nostril. You close the other nostril off with a finger and then blow out through the nostril connected to the otovent which open the eustachian tube.
What does the kit contain?
Each kit contains:
1 x nostril piece
3 x pressure tested balloons
1 x carry case
Replacement balloons can be purchased too.