- Swallow repeatedly as plane takes off. - Chewing gum can help counteract cabin pressure. - Yawning can open up the eustachian tube to give relief. - Use special ear plugs. - Take a deep breath, pinch you nose, close your mouth and gently try to exhale. - Avoid sleeping when the plane is descending. - Blow a special balloon, its available at most pharmacies.
Airplane ears, also called barotrauma or barotitis media, is the stress exerted on your eardrum and other middle ear tissues when the air pressure in your middle ear and the air pressure in the environment are out of balance. Airplane Ears is also caused by having a cold, nasal allergy, throat infection or sinus infection.
How To Prevent And Cure Airplane Ears
Try swallowing multiple times, as the plane starts to take off
This helps keep the Eustachian tube open and equalizes ear pressure.
Try chewing gum
Start chewing gum a little before the plane actually takes off. The most important thing is to keep opening and closing your jaw, which helps to counteract the pressure in your ears. You can achieve this by eating or sucking on candy, drinking water, etc.
This is a more powerful way to activate the muscle that opens your eustachian tube.
Consider trying special ear plugs
These may be especially helpful if a cold or sinus congestion makes it hard to relieve ear discomfort by swallowing air.
Try doing the following
Take a breath in. Then, try to breathe out gently with your mouth closed and pinching your nose. If you do this you may feel your ears go ‘pop’ as air is pushed into the middle ear. This often cures the problem
Do not sleep
when the plane is descending to land.
Blowing up a special balloon
Products such as Otovent® are balloons which you blow up through your nose, by blocking off one nostril at a time and blowing through the other.
Prevention of Airplane Ears
- Avoid alcoholic beverages in flight. Alcohol causes the mucous membranes to become engorged and the Eustachian tube to swell.
- Try to avoid flying while suffering from a cold or allergy. Any ear problems you normally have on descent will be magnified by these respiratory problems.