Flying with Ear Fullness/Clogged Ears

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ngo13, Aug 18, 2022.

    1. Ngo13

      Ngo13 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Baby scream (acoustic trauma)
      I recently got a new job and have to go on a flight for a work trip next month.

      I've had tinnitus and clogged ears/fullness for almost 7 months from a one-time acoustic trauma.

      I know I'll need airplane earplugs/earmuffs, but I am very worried about my clogged ears and the pressure. I can somewhat relieve the pressure in my ears but they never fully pop and they've been that way since onset.

      Is there anything I can do for them to help with the flight? Has anyone flown with ear fullness and been ok?
       
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    2. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Can you equalize your ears by yawning etc? If so, you should be fine. You can take a decongestant and use Afrin before flying if you are worried about it.

      You can also gently pull on your earlobe while yawning to help open up your Eustachian tubes.

      I use normal foam earplugs and noise cancelling headphones when I fly.
       
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      Ngo13

      Ngo13 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Baby scream (acoustic trauma)
      I can relieve some of the pressure but it doesn't completely go away.

      Maybe I will try the Afrin, thank you.
       
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      Ngo13

      Ngo13 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Baby scream (acoustic trauma)
      Just an update for anyone who might see this thread in the future.

      I went on the flights and they didn't affect my tinnitus or my clogged ears. I can't take decongestants or anything due to the fact that I'm currently a nursing mother, but I did use EarPlanes for taking off/landing and Earasers (max filter) during the flight. It was a little loud at times (measured between 75-85 dB on my phone) but I managed. If they were longer flights I would have used foam earplugs. I made sure to chew gum and released the pressure in my ears a lot during take off/landing.
       
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