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Anonymous asked in TravelTravel (General)Health & Safety · 8 years ago

when you ride in an airplane, why is it your ears are very painful?

it is my first time to ride in an airplane yesterday and my ears are very painful when the the plane is in the middle of the air. why is it?

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  • 8 years ago
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    When the airplane climbs, the cabin pressurises - this means the cabin pressure reduces to what it was on the ground to somewhere between an altitude of 5000'-8000'

    You have a pressure in your ears, behind the ear drums which would be the same as the pressure was outside while down on the ground so as the cabin pressure reduces the pressure in your ears (eustachian tube) is higher.

    Usually your ears should equalise (meaning the pressure in them also reduces) and you wouldn't notice anything. If, for any reason it doesn't equalise properly then the pressure in your ears is higher and this means you feel a pushing sensation on your eardrum.

    The same can happen in the descent - the cabin pressure increases and if your ears don't equalise properly then the pressure inside is less than outside and this means your eardrums are basically pushed inwards which can result in pain.

    If you have a head cold, or blocked nose or sinuses then this can prevent you from equalising your ears.

    Things you can do in future to prevent pain - the valsalva manoeuvre which forces your ears to pop (close your mouth, pinch your nose shut and blow against it until you feel a popping sensation in your ears)

    Suck on a sweet.

    Open your mouth wide as if yawning

    Try to stay awake in the descent and don't wear headphones.

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    4 years ago

    Hi there. Congratulations on your shuttle to Japan. Take a bottle of water with you on the airplane, additionally some sweet. As quickly as the airplane start to taxi devour a sweet and swallow some water. With each and every sip of water your ears will have to pop a little at a time. Do the same thing as quickly because the airplane begins to descend. Sweet in the mouth and suck. Sip water and swallow. This has continually labored for me. Just right good fortune.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You feel ear pain when flying due to the change in air pressure as the plane rises higher and higher and also when it comes back down. Don't worry it should only be temporary!

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  • 8 years ago

    Because as u go up the pressure increases. It then affects ur head so your ears pop or u get a headache. U can take zenadrin. That is not how u spell it though. Good luck. Best answer? :)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Ears pop because the atmospheric pressure becomes greater or less than the pressure inside the ear.

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  • 8 years ago

    due to the difference in pressure.

    you can avoid the pain by swallowing every once in a while or chewing a gum so you could get your jaws moving and so your ears wont be "clogged" and there will be no pain.

    Source(s): experience.
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