Sontec Hearing Centre in Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol, have very kindly sent us this article offering some tips to those who suffer from ear pressure when flying…..
Summer Holidays are well and truly here, with more of us than ever flying off to our various holiday destinations.
The fear of flying is a very real problem for some of us but for many others comes a more common occurrence, the pain and discomfort of “popping ears” and severe pain from acute ear pressure.
Below to help we have listed a few useful tips, quick and easy to implement without the need of expensive gimmicks and gadgets and designed to help offer a more pain-free takeoff and landing.
They are good for Adults and Children too!
Not an old wives tale! Yes, the simple process of a frequent and wide mouthed yawn combined with an over exaggerated swallow will keep pressure equal and it really works! You see this practice relaxes the Eustachian Tube and allows air pressure to be equalized inside and outside the ear. It may prove a little difficult to maintain for long periods but chewing gum can assist as it naturally keeps you swallowing.
If you feel the sensation of hearing loss, you can pinch your nose and very gently with your mouth closed blow air to inflate your cheeks. This reduces pressure by causing a small pop and an air rush from your ears. It will help with the equaling of pressure, release the pain and restore your hearing, all very efficiently.
For Children and Babies:
Unable to negotiate the above procedures but equally likely to suffer hearing problems and popping ears, overcoming this problem in children can be slightly easier.
If your child is being breastfed or bottle fed this action can prevent painful ear popping. You could offer a Dummy or Pacifier adding the bonus of some additional gentle comfort.
For older children you could introduce the idea of sucking a hard-boiled lolly pop, I am sure you will not receive too many complaints, this will keep them swallowing and pain-free. It is also safer than the very often suggested boiled sweet.
If you prefer not to encourage sweet treats, then you can always play the Yawning Game, but I would not like to take bets on who is the first to fall asleep!
Happy holidays and happy pain-free flying!