Airplanes and Ear Pain

  • June 09, 2017
Airplanes and Ear Pain

Summer is a time for lots of vacations! It’s only a matter of time until you find yourself getting on a plane to reach your destination. Unfortunately, air plane travel can put your ears at risk for discomfort.

Air pressure is to blame for ear discomfort on airplanes. The change in air pressure from being on the ground to being high up in the air is so rapid that pressure inside the ears does not have enough time to adjust. If your ears are not properly protected, this change can lead to extreme discomfort and even put you at risk for hearing loss. To prevent this, it is essential to equalize the pressure in the ear by getting as much air into the ear as possible. Here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Chewing gum or having a hard candy
  • Swallowing
  • Staying awake during takeoff and landing
  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Yawning

These methods can help get air into the inner ear, decreasing your risk of ear pain. If you are especially worried about flying with an ear condition, visit one of our hearing healthcare professionals for further consultation