Advice on Flying

Discussion in 'Support' started by Forever hopeful, Oct 20, 2015.

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    1. Forever hopeful

      Forever hopeful Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Hi,

      I have to fly next week. Five hour flights each way Monday to Thursday for work. I am an anxious mess. I love to travel and now am paralyzed with fear. I have not flown since T. I know many folks with T in my own life who fly often and have no problem. My audiologist and ENT said it was fine an it would not cause any harm. My ENT has T also. Audiologist said many with T enjoy the hum of the plane as it masks their T. I have ETD so my ENT gave me affrin as an immediate decongestant and recommended "airplanes " to help with the pressure on take off and during descent.

      What I am worried about is the noise level. I have been advised not to wear earplugs as someone I know actually got T b/c their ears could not de-pressurize. I am currently coming off of a spike due to some moderate noise exposure and also increased pressure in head due to ETD and a touch of a cold.

      So I am paranoid. I have read about many of you flying. Any feedback would be great.


      Thanks
       
    2. I'm scheduled to fly next month and am also dealing with what I hope is only a spike due to noise exposure, so I am very interested in this topic. I did find a thread on this: https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/flying-tinnitus.1001/
      The consensus seems to be that flying is okay, but I understand your concern.
       
    3. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
    4. Forever hopeful

      Forever hopeful Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Thanks. I will be getting the plugs knows as " Earplanes" that are supposed to address the pressure issue. They sell them right at the local pharmacy.

      Danielle
       
    5. uae96
      Thinking

      uae96 Member

      Location:
      Dubai, UAE
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/14/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      You'll be fine with the decongestants , and for the noise I used a noise cancelling headphones with low music volume the whole flight and when the pilot announces descent I remove them just until we're close to the ground other wise you'll be fine :) (my flight was 9 hours ) if you don't have headphones u can use ear plugs while cruising just not on descent
       
    6. OddV
      Assassinator

      OddV Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      You'll be fine... I've done two trips to Vietnam in the last 4 months and was in transit both times for a total of 96 hours.

      Noise cancelling head phones work well.

      However, I WOULD cancel the trip if I had a head cold.
       
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    7. suera

      suera Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2010
      I had the same fear the first time I flew with T but now I like it because I always sit right over/near engine and if I am lucky it does mask my T. I love when that happens!
       
    8. Thongjy
      Balanced

      Thongjy Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      Hi does noise cancelling headphones able to equalize pressure during take ascending and descending?
       
    9. Thongjy
      Balanced

      Thongjy Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      So if I put on noise canceling ear plugs during ascending and descending any issue?
       
    10. Joshua

      Joshua Member

      Location:
      Washington, DC
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows?
      I think it's different for everyone. I tried earplane plugs and had to take them out, found them uncomfortable. Regular foam plugs work for me but I've found it best to fly open-eared, no plugs at all. I just don't watch movies anymore - read or take some melatonin and sleep. But it all depends on your T, your other health factors, and how more or less you've habituated.
       
    11. engapol

      engapol Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2015
      Planes are fine, the noise level is far from harmful and some of the newer commercial aircraft are spookily quiet. I've been on many intercontinental flights over the last 10 years and only one has given me any trouble with ear pressure.
       

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