5 Summertime Tips for Healthy Ears
Experts explain how to avoid ear problems that are triggered by everything from swimming to loud music.
No. 5: Plane-Proof Your Ears
The next time you start to deplane, and babies and toddlers start screaming,
this is a good thing! "Not equalizing pressure in the ears on planes is
called barotitis," explains Rosenfeld. "This is not a problem when
taking off, but it is when landing. Such a severe vacuum situation may be set
up in the ears that a traveler may have severe pain, bleeding, or even
perforation [of the eardrum].
"You want to chew, yawn, swallow -- anything to move the pressure around
when landing," he adds. "If you have problems with this you can even
take an oral decongestant before leaving."
Children can be especially susceptible. "Don't let your child remain
asleep during landings," Rosenfeld says. "If they cry at the landing --
that is a good thing. It is equalizing pressure."
"A pacifier can also help kids with this," Maddern says. "Or
give them some water to sip." Chewing gum is not recommended for toddlers,
much less infants.