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Old 10-07-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Ear trouble when flying

We leave for Florida in 6 days!
I have flown several times, but it has been over 10 years since our last flight. The last couple of times we flew, my ears popped so badly and were plugged for 2 days afterwards. I don't think I suffered pain, but it was a long time ago and I can't really recall for sure. I bought ear planes from Walmart hoping this would help this problem. Anybody else tried these? Anybody else have these issues? If so, any tips? I concerned about our kids too.
Chewing gum, and swallowing didn't seem to help too much.
Any tips???
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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I took a sudafed. My ears and sinuses have never bothered me, ever while flying or really in general. However, in August, my flight was horrible. I was fine going up, leveling out, but about 1 hour into the flight, my ears and sinuses were killing me, throbbing. So painful.

Once we began to come down, the pressure was letting up, and by the time we got in the airport I was fine. So on the flight home, I took sudafed. It helped, the pressure was not so bad as flying down.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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My ENT told me to use Neosynephrine prior to flight. It worked pretty good. I have Meniere's, too, so I watch carefully. Earplanes did nothing....Get a bottle of water and drink.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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We leave for Florida in 6 days!
I have flown several times, but it has been over 10 years since our last flight. The last couple of times we flew, my ears popped so badly and were plugged for 2 days afterwards. I don't think I suffered pain, but it was a long time ago and I can't really recall for sure. I bought ear planes from Walmart hoping this would help this problem. Anybody else tried these? Anybody else have these issues? If so, any tips? I concerned about our kids too.
Chewing gum, and swallowing didn't seem to help too much.
Any tips???
I use Earplanes (or the CVS version of them) every time that I fly and they help tremendously. My daughter's boyfriend also has difficulty with his ears when he flies. He didn't have a pair our trip to Punta Cana and the poor guy was in agony when we descended. We couldn't find Earplanes but we did buy a set of those earplugs that you wear to keep water out of the ears and he had a much more comfortable trip on the way home.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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earplanes are not the same as regular ear plug and they ARE worth every penny.


Put them in the ears jut before boarding. Gently pull the top of the ear to place in the ear canal gently (dont just push them in)....I would also suggest some type of decongestant for anyone that suffers (or you know they have ear issues)....
I use them for every flight and personally use a new pair for each segment....which is not necessary, but i have Very very sensitive ears with narrow tubes...I have had to be on pain meds and a dr visit due to major ear issue after a flight, pre earplanes...

Bring gum regardless, or a lollipop to suck on for kids...
Try and not get too concerned....i think that if you Plan ahead of time, itll be fine....have a great time!!!
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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Earplanes work good, but if you have allergies or even the beginning of a cold, they won't stop the plugged ear thing. I take Sudafed or Benedryl before flying if I'm the least bit stuffy. I also bring Sudafed with me, my Dr said that will help unplug the plugged up ear. Sometimes it takes a couple days to help unplug. Very annoying!
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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earplanes are not the same as regular ear plug and they ARE worth every penny.
Yes! I did not mean to imply that they were. We were in a foreign airport and we were trying to find something - ANYTHING - that would make our daughter's boyfriend more comfortable on the 4-1/2 hour flight home. The item we purchased was not Earplanes and the package said that they were for use on aircraft and in water. The woman behind the counter assured me that they would work for what we needed. I would not recommend using ordinary earplugs to prevent ear pain due to changes in cabin pressure.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:53 AM   #8
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Another vote for Earplanes. I've had ear pain as much as 24+ hours after landing but never have a problem when I use Earplanes.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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I've flown with a cold before (not fun) and was fine -- I was just sure to drug up with sudafed before flying and used EarPlanes. I have to use the children's size because my ear canal is smaller.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:46 PM   #10
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Take an anti-histamine before the flight, and suck your thumb if you get pains. Works like nothing else.

We found that out the hard way on the way home from Disney with our kids....our oldest dd had an AWFUL earache from it (earplanes were useless) so in desperation I told her to duck her head so no one would see and suck her thumb for all she was worth. It worked right away, and now it's what we all do!
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