Flying & Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by rogerg, Mar 28, 2011.

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Has flying worsened your tinnitus?

  1. Yes, temporarily

  2. Yes, permanently

  3. No

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    1. Robert Fahey

      Robert Fahey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan, 2012
      Must keep jaw wide open during entire half-hour descent for best results.
       
    2. erik
      Cool

      erik Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      I am going off to Vegas in a few days for a week (developers conference) and this is the first time I have flown since the onset my T.....I resisted doing this before but I think in my current state of mind about my T, I am up to at this now.
       
    3. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Erik,
      Best of luck, and do let us know how the flight went for you, tinnitus-wise. I haven't tried flying since my tinnitus started, either. You have such a great attitude about your tinnitus; I'm sure you'll be fine!
       
    4. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Have a great trip. It's unbelievably hot in Vegas, though! But the dry weather is preferable to humid, for sure.
       
    5. Hudson
      Cowboy

      Hudson Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Pop your ears and you should be fine. I have never had an issue flying with my tinnitus. I just dread the possibility of getting a cold and flying... not being able to pop my ears and couple that with the tinnitus... I think I would miss my plane until I was better. haha
       
    6. erik
      Cool

      erik Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Thanks Karen, I will keep you posted. Yes, Markku, looks like I will get a heat break next Wednesday...it will only be 107˚F (46˚c) :). Thanks Hudson, I look forward to no issues with my T during flight.
       
    7. Robert Fahey

      Robert Fahey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan, 2012
      When the plane starts the descent, hold your jaw wide open for the entire duration (about 25 mins is typical for a descent) until you're on the ground, even if it means using your hand to keep your jaw open. You'll look silly but it prevents the ear pressure. I've done it multiple times and it works. I used to have very painful ear clogs on descent, and then crackling for days after flying. No more.
       
    8. erik
      Cool

      erik Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Just got back tonight from Las Vegas and just wanted to report back. This was my first time on an airplane since I acquired T and was a bit nervous flying. I didn't really do anything special, no ear plugs, no little bottles of alcohol, no sacrifices to the airline Gods, (maybe a little prayer) and it was pretty uneventful. No issues, problems or changes in my T. It is still there and still about the same. The entire week I was so involved with the conference and activities, I actually forgot about 90% of the time. The only real time I was reminded of it was at night when I was going to bed and that really didn't bother me all that much. So thanks everyone!:)
       
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    9. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      Glad everything went well! I've also worried about flying with tinnitus so your experience is great news!
       
    10. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      So John, are you saying you think you got your tinnitus from flying? If so, would like to hear more. I believe mine came on the same way and am trying to figure out if there is anything special I should be doing from that perspective. So far, two ENTs (including one who is a barotrauma specialist) have had nothing more to offer than standard management treatments.

      As for work: my employer has been pretty good about working around my schedule so far. I considered trying to get short term disability but now am thinking not going that route. I feel much better with my T when I am busy, so I think sitting at home all day would drive me insane.
       
    11. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      I don't have much experience in this regard but I have read many times and had one ENT recommend "earplanes", ear plugs that are supposed to help with equalizing. I've also read that you can take a nasal decongestant as well to help clear up the eustachian tubes.
       
    12. Alexandor

      Alexandor Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2013
      So, the time has come. I have had tinnitus for about 5 months now and have been avoiding air travel like the plague. However, tomorrow I have no choice but to fly. The thought of flying makes me incredibly anxious as I'm sure it will be much louder on the plane than pre tinnitus. I am wondering what measures I can take to ensure that no damage is done to my ears during flight. Also, should I expect a temporary worsening of my T upon landing? Another thing I have been dealing with is some temporary hearing loss. It comes and goes randomly, usually lasting a day or two and then subsiding for a week or two. It feels as though my ears are full of air, and sounds are muffled. I'm worried that the pressure from the plane will cause this condition to worsen as well. Anything I can do there?? sorry for all the questions, and the long post. Being new to T makes me anxious about doing things that would otherwise be no problem. Hearing from you guys usually helps calm my anxiety :)
       
    13. Carlo
      Balanced

      Carlo Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2013
      Hi Alexandor,
      I traveled by airplane couple of hours without problems. First time at cinema without earplugs was the worse...so, my advices:

      - wear earplugs, keep them on until you are at the terminal
      - choose a front seat, far from the engines
      - equalize, in order to avoid barotrauma (very unlikely)
      - drink a lot (of water :))
      - take with you something to read
      ...and everything will be ok! (y) Let us know, enjoy the trip,
      Carlo
       
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    14. Alexandor

      Alexandor Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2013
      Carlo, Thanks for the advice! I have a pair of earplane earplugs (NRR of 20db) and a pair of noise canceling headphones to wear over top of them. I will be sitting in the front but it is a very small plane so we will see how that goes. I will be sure to drink plenty on the flight! Thanks for the positive words, I will definitely keep you posted:)
       
    15. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
    16. epin3m
      Badass

      epin3m Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      I have to take a 14 hours flight this month.

      Has anyone´s T worsen after taking a plane?

      Best!
       
    17. Sherri786
      Dreaming

      Sherri786 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2013
      Mine worsened after taking flights. Try to get seats in the front of the plane and not after row 17. Engine sound is too loud at the back.
       
    18. frohike
      Approved

      frohike Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
    19. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Help. I fly on a trans Atlantic trip in a couple of months.
      Usually, when I fly, I have pain and blocked ears when descending.
      This is called barotrauma.
      This will be my first time flying with t.
      Those of you who suffer from barotrauma and/Eustachian Tube dysfunction - when you fly with t, does the flight make your t worse? And if so, is this temporary or permanent.
      Thanks so much. Very anxious about it.
       
    20. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      While I don't have any personal experience flying with tinnitus yet, I have suffered from barotrauma and have ETD. From what I've read, most people tend to recommend Ear Planes, special ear plugs designed to protect your ears from the drastic pressure changes experienced on a flight. People also seem to use nasal steroids like Nasonex.

      I think if you take those sort of precautions, your T should be fine.
       
    21. EddyLee
      Tolerant

      EddyLee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Exactly my concern too and i'm going to try Earplanes when i travel in a couple months time.
      I'll post here after my travel. Let us know how's it for you too Lisa.
      Wish you have a pleasant journey :)
       
    22. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thanks so much.
      Eddy, I am thinking of postponing my flight a month or so, as I have only had t for 3 months. When are you flying? And yes, please please keep us posted on here. I know often people with t do not have problems flying, but with ETD, the pain and the ear trauma, well that may be a very different story.
      There is also a great forum on facebook that I am on:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tinnitussupportgroup/
      Cheers, All.
       
    23. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      I fly on the 4th of march 2.5 hr flight, i'm so frightened but i have no choice ... where will i get earplanes from? and how do you know if you've got ETD? i really need some advice thanks!!
       
    24. Garden Ring
      Mellow

      Garden Ring Member

      Location:
      Moscow
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      From my personal experience, flying with T is exactly like flying without T.
      Since the onset of mine I have flown almost a dozen times, and it did not affect me in any possible way.

      I have always had sinus problems (although my tinnitus is not caused by it), so I always take a flask of vasoconstrictive spray, and would recommend everybody to do the same. But apart from this... Just worry less, and everything will be fine.
       
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    25. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Thank you Garden Ring, you have put my mind at rest. What is the spray you mention? is it a nasal spray? and can you buy it OTC, thanks for your help.
       
    26. EddyLee
      Tolerant

      EddyLee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      I'll fly somewhere around April. We'll be alright :)
       
    27. EddyLee
      Tolerant

      EddyLee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      You can get from Amazon or any store that sells travelling stuff. Some store at airport should have it too.
      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001HTWL8C/?tag=tinntalk-20
       
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    28. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      If when you fly you have ear pain on descent and major blockage, even with swallowing, chewing etc, then that is barotrauma, and usually has to do with ETD. People who do not suffer this on descent and have t, from all that I have read, will be fine. But when trauma is caused to the eardrum for people with ETD and t, I wonder what that will bring, and if it changes t for the worse.
       
    29. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Thank you EddyLee, thanks Lisa88.
       
    30. silenceISgolden
      Breezy

      silenceISgolden Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1995 or so
      I fly maybe once a year, and haven't really had any problems, except for a plane trip in Dec.

      I was dealing with sinus congestion and some ear fullness before the trip, and the plane rides cause my T to spike the worst it has since I first got T. Strangely, it didn't feel like I was having troubles equalizing the pressure and I didn't have that pressure pain.

      I was right next to the engine on both flights so I think that noise was bad too. I've posted about it before, but for a couple days after I felt almost sea sick and my T was blaring.

      While researching what happened online, I did see the suggestion to take a decongestant before flying to help with blockage.

      I'm nervous about flying again, but I'll try that the next time.

      remember anxiety and T are related so you'll have to manage your anxiety about the flight

      good luck
       
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