At the beginning of each treatment, the client will feel the change in pressure in the ears (similar to the feeling while one is in an airplane). To equalize the pressure in the ears, the Attendant will provide instructions. It is only necessary to do this during the first few minutes of the treatment. During the treatment, the client may sleep, read books/magazines, or just relax. Patients of all ages generally tolerate the treatments very well.
Near the end of your HBOT treatment, our technician will gradually decrease the chamber pressure. This is the decompression phase, which usually lasts for about 15 minutes. During decompression, patients will experience an automatic “popping” sensation in their ears as a result of the decreasing pressure. This may be similar to what is felt in an airplane.
After a hyperbaric oxygen treatment, some clients may notice sensations of tiredness or hunger.