Airplane Ear: What about pain in my ears?

Pain in the ears is the most common medical complaint of airplane passengers. This condition of discomfort is called Airplane Ear or Barotrauma.

Airplane Ear Sygns and Symptoms

  • Discomfort in the ear;
  • Ringing in the ear;
  • Pain in the ear;
  • Slight hearing loss;
  • Dizziness;
  • Feeling of fullness or stuffiness in the ear.

These problems can occur in either one ear or in both.

Airplane Ear Causes

This annoying condition is caused by rapid changes in air pressure as you ascend and descend. It blocks the Eustachian tube, which connects your middle ear to the back of your nose, and the pressure in the middle ear cannot be equalized.  

How Can Airplane Ear Be Prevented?

To help open your Eustachian tubes, try the following:

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