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Ear problems on plane-HELP


#1

This will be my family’s third trip to the DR. Each plane trip, my 13 yr old daughter has had a horrible time with the descent into DR. I think this is due to the way the plane comes in. She cries with pain, usually laying on my lap. I have tried giving her decongestive medication and used dristan nasal and ear drops. Last year, she ended up with a nose bleed due to the pressure. This doesn’t change her mind on flying (always enjoys her week there) but, does anyone know of any type of earplugs, medication that would make her “flytime” more comfortable???
I am from Canada, so I would need to find something here at home.


#2

hi
I seem to recall a discussion about this about half a year ago (Feb ?). The recommendation was a product called Earplanes. They are a type of ear plug and I believe available at Walmart or ShoppersDrug.
I’ve never tried them so I don’t know.
Try a search for the words ‘Walmart’, ‘ear’ and ‘plane’ with the time set to 700 days.
Bob


#3

I used Earplanes last year and they either worked well, or I didn’t have the same problem I’ve had periodically in the past (how are we to know?!). If you are a CAA member, I’d recommend you check their price too. I can’t remember the competing prices but I paid about $4 less at CAA than the others were asking. They come as a 2 pack since you can only use them one “trip” at a time (which allows for a couple of ascents and descents).

Good luck. I know that inner ear pain feels like nothing else.

Kaki


#4

Have you had her checked out by an ear-nose-throat specialist? There might be something they could recommend. If this happens everytime she flies - there might be a blockage in the canal somewhere.


#5

I have used “Earplanes” with mixed success. I got mine at CAA.

You can only use for basically one trip…there and back. If they get plugged with earwax( I know…groooossss) they will not work as well. It still helps to suck or chew on a candy or gum.

However…if you have any kind of sinus congestion, or are just getting over a cold, they seem to actually make things worse…at least they did for me.

Has your daughter had her tonsils out? I used to be almost commonplace to have them out for people of my generation(baby boomer), but not so much now. They can be a cause of a great deal of nasal/sinus/Eustachian tube congestion.

You might also consider getting your daughter’s ears “flushed” by your family doctor a few days before you leave. It’s quick, painless, but it does feel a bit weird, and everything seems VERY LOUD after… ;D


#6

My wife works in a hospital and so she will ask a specialist tomorrow about your daughter’s problem. The previous posters are so right sometimes the earplanes works and sometime it doesn’t


#7

I will check into the “earplanes” the next time I am in Walmart to see if they carry them. Maybe they will help her. Thanks for the response. She has never been prone to having ear infections or tonsillitis. This is the only time this problem with her ears has occurred.


#8

Another VERY strong vote for Earplanes. Like your daughter, I was in tears the first year on the descent and landing in the DR and totally deaf for 2 days. The next 2 years I tried the sinus sprays etc with a small amount of relief.

This year with Earplanes ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. A slight plugging but NO PAIN. It was incredible!!! I bought my first set at Zellers pharmacy and on my return 2 more sets for friends. Roughly $8 a set - well worth it!!! Must try CAA and see if they have them here.


#9

Puntacanababe: read the thread from the Mod. as he has some very good tips about flying and ear problems. The title is Some Flying Tips. He posted it today.


#10

FYI

I was at CAA in Halifax this morning.

EarPlanes

1 pr/pkg
Members - $10.00
Non-Members - $11.50

2 pr/pkg
Members - $19.00
Non-Members - $22.00

FYI


#11

My daughter has the same problem, on our last vacation she to had a nose bleed and was crying for the entire decent into Cancun. :’( Since then we have had her to her family doctor, an ear nose and throat speacialist and most recently she has had an audioligy test. They say her eustachian tubes are filled with fluid and will not drain and therefore there is no room for the pressure to adjust resulting in the pain. The advice they give for flying is to start taking a decongestant pill a couple of days before flying and then about a hour before take off to use the spray in stuff. I have never heard of these earplanes but wiil be trying them on our next trip. Good Luck !!


#12

I got earplanes for my kids last year. The pharmacist said that they slow down the pressure change, so that little ears have more time to react. I didn’t think they had to be replaced after one trip - I thought they were good for life. Anyway, both the kids left them in for the whole ride and said they really helped. I thought they’d just want to use them on landing and takeoff, but they wanted to keep them in.


#13

[quote author=gregg board=general thread=1129251322 post=1129304421]I was at CAA in Halifax this morning.

EarPlanes

2 pr/pkg
Members - $19.00
Non-Members - $22.00[/quote]

Well, indeed, that doesn’t sound so good. I knew that sounded completely different from my Saskatoon experience so just called CAA here. They are selling 2 pairs for $12.75 to members. I guess it doesn’t hold to say CAA will always have the most rocking price, but worth checking your local branch. Though they didn’t say that’s an old price, nor do they expect a price increase, maybe I’ll buy a few sets against the future…

Kaki


#14

earplanes are also a generic item, the exact same item can be purchased at an industrial supply store for $1.98 per pair. The box says to equalize air pressure and reduced decibels.
I just got 6 pairs, a bargain!


#15

I found that my problems went away when a stranger seated next to me offered me some gum and told me to chew it until we landed. Maybe it was just in my head but there was no pain at all.


#16

Being in the UK I’ve not heard about earplanes but what I use with good effect are the ear plugs sold at race tracks as ear defenders. Basically little tube of foam that you roll between finger and thumb to squash then whilst small insert into your ear and then they expand softly to fill the ear canal. Reduced my pain and deafness to a wonderfully tolerable level.

Cheers Amanda :-*


#17

Interestingly enough, the flight attendants ask you to remove your headphones before landing. When I asked why, they said it was because of the pressure! hmmmm! ::slight_smile:


#18

I will check out CAA prices for “earplanes”. If these work,it will be great. It’s hard to see your child suffer and know what she’s in for during descent. If this helps even a little, it will be worth the money spent to buy them. I will also try giving her a dose of decongestant medication starting a few days before we leave. Last year, we did try gum and slowly sipping water from a cup (this was the flight attendant’s suggestion)and these didn’t work. She still cried with pain. For those that have used the earplanes; Do you have to leave them in during the whole flight to balance the pressure or put them in before descent? Thanks for the suggestions everyone


#19

[quote author=puntacanababe board=general thread=1129251322 post=1129331930]I will check out CAA prices for “earplanes”. If these work,it will be great. It’s hard to see your child suffer and know what she’s in for during descent. If this helps even a little, it will be worth the money spent to buy them. I will also try giving her a dose of decongestant medication starting a few days before we leave. Last year, we did try gum and slowly sipping water from a cup (this was the flight attendant’s suggestion)and these didn’t work. She still cried with pain. For those that have used the earplanes; Do you have to leave them in during the whole flight to balance the pressure or put them in before descent? Thanks for the suggestions everyone
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I find they are a little uncomfortable to leave in the whole flight. I put mine in just before take off…leave them in till we reach level flight, and put them in as soon as I feel the plane start to desend…as well as popping a stick of gum in my mouth.

When your ears don’t equalize, it truly is 20 minutes of hell…


#20

Good news as I have problems with the descent due to scuba diving years ago. Have to blow real hard to equalize. I ususally take a a decongestant(?) a couple of hours into the flight as lift off isn’t as bad. With our daughter (20 months) we are thinking of taking RHINARIS. It is a saline solution that is pressurized and worked great to clear her nasal cavity when she was an infant.
Kenn