Ear Pain & Pressure on Airplanes
Several people suffer from ear pain when airplanes are climbing or descending. This is caused by fast changes in altitude and air pressure. It stresses the eardrum and other tissues in the middle of the ear and causes them to be become unbalanced. This is called airplane ear, or barotrauma.
Some people experience slight pain, while others can undergo severe pain. Symptoms can be ringing in the ears, muffled hearing, slight hearing loss, or the feeling of stuffiness in the ear. Here are some simple methods one can follow to help reduce pain in the ears while flying on a plane.
If these remedies do not prevent airplane ear, the pain normally does not last long. Painkillers, or fluid and mucus reducing medication, can be taken to ease the pain. If the pain does not go away after a few days, you should see a doctor.
If you or someone you knows suffers from airplane ear, or has ear aches, contact the Shea Ear Clinic and Shea Hearing Aid Center. Call us today!
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