How To Avoid Ear Pain On Airplanes

Regardless of your air travel accommodations one thing you may share in common with the other passengers on your flight is ear discomfort in the form of pressure, popping, or severe pain. Although this is typically just an annoyance it can occasionally become more serious. When this happens it may result in hearing loss which is why you need to take precautions when you travel. Why Flying Increases Ear Pressure Flying causes air pressure to fluctuate. While the air pressure inside and outside your middle ear is normally the same the quick change in altitude that occurs when you fly causes results in the air pressure not having enough time to equalize. This is something that’s known throughout the medical world as “ear barotrauma.” When you’re a passenger on an airplane the pilot will start the plane and it’ll slowly Read More +