Flying long-haul becomes less of a pain

29 October 2008

Upon discovering a purple felt-tip pen lodged firmly in my left ear, my grandmother scolded me, bellowing "you should never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow!" Yet here we are, some 25 years later - she's dead and I'm not. Guess it worked out ok, then.

Pro-Idee never listened to my grandmother either, and thank goodness they didn't, otherwise they'd never have created their Ear Pressure Equalizer. If like me, you suffer pain in your ears when flying, this will be a godsend. Increased cabin pressure presses your eardrum inwards and your ears can become “blocked” - in my case to the point of deafness for up to a day. This little gizmo sucks air from the outer ear canal creating a slight vacuum which gently pushes the eardrum back into its original position.

There's no chance of causing damage to your lughole either; a safety vent prevents excess pressure blowing a hole in your head. All this, and it was invented by a professor too, so you know it's good.

[Pro Idee]

TOPICS:   Freebies   Travel

5 comments

  • ODB
    wicked...I get this problem
  • David P.
    My dad's an ex-pilot and I'm a skydiver so are more than familiar with ear pressure issues. We found that popping our ears during take-off and landing works best. Sucking a sweet or mint works too. This device might make it easier for people flying with a cold though.
  • Vince W.
    I find blowing my nose the best thing to do. But this sounds like a great device. Maybe they should make it for scuba diving too (or maybe it already exists?) David do you find the pressure change when sky diving to be a problem? Something I've wanted to try (along with scuba diving :))
  • David P.
    My ears can and do give me problems when skydiving, yes but it's not as bad as it used to be. I am very conscious of the pressure changing in my ears during ascent and that might be part of the problem. Sometimes the pain can be very painful towards the end of the skydive and I have to pop my ears as soon as I am under canopy but this is usually only in the colder months or when my nose is all bunged up. Despite this, I think I am in the minority as I don't know any other skydivers who get ear problems. I seem to remember having ear problems as a kid as I was forever having ear infections and had to wear ear plugs whenever I went swimming. Please don't let my experience put you off having a tandem skydive. Providing you don't have a cold and you jump on a nice sunny clear day (can be difficult in England I know!!) I think you'll be fine.
  • Nada G.
    I agree with the above post. Personally I cannot understand why you would not want to make an effort in this regard anyway. Only the other day, at work we had exactly the same conversation and came to a similar closing

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