Phase of Treatment
After the patient is settled in the chamber, compression takes place from five to ten minutes. Oxygen can be heard coming into the chamber, and there is a slight increase in temperature. The patient will feel an increase of pressure in the ears similar to that experienced during the landing of an airplane. During this phase and throughout the treatment, the staff can assist with relieving the ear pressure similar to swallowing or yawning to clear ears.
Prescribed Time at Pressure
Individual treatment plans are prescribed specifically for each patient and are determined by the diagnosis, goal of treatment, and recommended protocols. Normally, patients receive pure oxygen for about two hours. This time can be spent sleeping or watching television and movies.
As pressure is decreased in the chamber, the temperature drops slightly. Symptoms are minimal during this phase, with most patients experiencing a soft popping in the ears, as their ears clear automatically.