For many people, flying causes discomfort in the ears. In severe cases, the pain can be extremely intense, or the ear can begin to bleed. One may also lose their hearing momentarily, experience a ringing sound in their ear/ears, or have vertigo. This is mainly because flying clogs your ears. Now let's get closer to this issue and learn why ears get clogged and how to unclog ears from flying.
When an airplane ascents or descents, the air pressure imbalances and changes rapidly. So does the air pressure of your middle ear. But the Eustachian tube in charge of regulating air pressure in ears can’t react quickly enough to the rapid changes in pressure. This prevents your tympanic membrane within the eardrum to vibrate correctly, clogging your ears and causing discomforts.
Other instances where your ears may get clogged include scuba diving, being near an explosion or hyperbaric oxygen chambers, or even going up or down in an escalator, or driving through a mountain range. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this occurrence.
Having clogged ears from flying is a common phenomenon and can be resolved simply and easily. Here are effective ways to unclog your ears.
Hold your nose shut with your thumb and index finger and inhale a large breath of air. Close your mouth shut and push air toward your closed nose until your feel/hear your ears pop. You may have to be repeated several times to achieve maximum relief.
The action of yawning and swallowing works to activate the muscles to open your Eustachian tubes, helping to balance the pressure within the ear. Sucking on candy or chewing gum can also help to stimulate these muscles.
How to unclog ears from flying? Try the filtered earplugs. These specialized earplugs work to equalize the air pressure within your ear whilst the plane is ascending or descending. These earplugs can be found at most drug-stores, your local hearing clinic, airport shops, or online.
You can take medications beforehand to prevent ear clog or afterward to cure clogged ears.
Try to avoid sleeping during flying as if you are awake you can take appropriate steps to equalize air pressure within your ear. One should also consider other methods of travel and avoid flying when possible, especially if you have recently had an ear condition or surgery on the area.
A really rare solution to how to unclog ears from flying is surgery. In severe cases, a surgeon may perform a myringotomy, wherein a slight incision is made in your eardrum to drain fluid and equalize the pressure of air. If the eardrum or the membrane becomes ruptured, it usually heals on its own. But in rare cases, surgery may be required to repair the rupture.