(Closed) Worried about airplane travel

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Do you have this problem? Should I fly anyways?
    I don't have this problem, but I don't think it sounds like you should fly. : (4 votes)
    5 %
    I don't have this problem, but I think you should fly anyways. : (51 votes)
    67 %
    I do have this problem, and I don't think you should fly. (Please tell me your reasoning.) : (2 votes)
    3 %
    I do have this problem, and I think you should fly anyways. (Please tell me how you deal with it.) : (15 votes)
    20 %
    Other (please comment) : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    947 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Chewing gum is supposed to help with ears popping. Also, I recommend speaking with your doctor. Anti anxiety meds work wonders for long distance air travel. 

    Post # 5
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    9082 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hold your breath, hold your nose and maintain pressure in your head during takeoff. It will make the pressure change less dramatic.

    My husband is an aircrewman in the Navy, and he swears by it.

    Post # 6
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    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve never heard of anyone having this problem – my ears sometimes don’t pop, but I’m never deaf at the end of a plane ride! Obviously only you know how severe the after-effects can be but, if I were in your shoes, I would probably regret not going because there was a chance I might be deaf.

    Post # 7
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    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It’s up to you… This will be a lifelong problem though, and I hope you don’t avoid traveling anywhere you need to fly just because of a bad experience. 

    My ears have not popped before, and it was more painful than anything. I have found that not doing anything helps me more than anything. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This has never happened to me. Usually if my ears don’t pop it doesn’t make my hearing any less, and I don’t think you can actually become deaf. I would go but I guess I don’t know how bad it really is for you. 

    Post # 10
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    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @ScottishMrs:  well if you have never been on an airplane, I definitely don’t think you should let your elevator experience hinder you. My ears will pop and i won’t be able to hear as well on the airplane, but they have never stayed unpopped to such an extreme degree after landing.. Returning to normal air pressure relieves the problem completely. 

    Also, I meant that I hope you don’t completely avoid traveling the world just because of this issue. That would be a real shame, especially if you don’t know if it will even be a problem. 

    Post # 11
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    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would check with a doctor before you make your final choice.  The sensation of ears popping is actually a release of pressure, so if yours really don’t, you could end up with a ruptured ear drum.  Your ears not popping can be caused by a couple of different things- the inner workings of your ear could be slightlly mis-shapen, cause fluid to sit in the ear. You could just have excess fluid in the ear (maybe from congestion).  You could also have the tubes in your ear slightly swollen if you are dealing with allergies or any infection/illness.

    Depending on the cause, things like decongestants, anti-inflammatories, or a neti pot taken before getting on the plane could help.  Other things could require surgery, or antibiotics to treat, so its really hard to say whats best.

    My ears do tend to be sensitive to pressure changes and pop often.  I suffer from allergies as well, so when I fly I take a decongestant/allergy pill before hand and plan on chewing gum etc. Mine has never been as severe as what you described though, so I don’t know if I’d chance it in your case.  

    Post # 12
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    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @ScottishMrs:  I have the same issue. None of my friends or family understand how incredibly painful and scary it can be. I’m with you. My cure is to take a sinus/cold alka seltzer an hour before landing and I am fine. Took me a looong time to figure that out and it was accidental. 🙂

    Post # 13
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    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @BlondeMissMolly:  the elevator is a great indicator that she has tube issues like me. It feels like your head is imploding, burning, and when it finally does pop (usually when I get into the actual airport after exiting the plane) it hurts and I’m still kind of deaf for about 30 minutes. It is absolute torture.

    Post # 16
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    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Whenever I fly, I end up getting some intense, sharp pain in only one of my ears — whichever ear is facing the center of the plane at the time.  At one point I couldn’t hear out of my ear for a full day after flying.  My mom ended up telling me about Earplanes one day, and although my pain never really completely goes away, it is NOTHING like it is if I don’t wear them.  I have no idea if it might help in your situation (I never had issues on mountains, elevators, or anything before I flew for the first time), but I figured I’d suggest it regardless.

    I hope you find something that works for you so you can have the honeymoon of your dreams!  Good luck!

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