I have just touched down at around 9.30pm today from Miri, Sarawak. At about 45 minutes before we landed, I felt the plane was flying lower and slower than usual. By that time my ears were hurting me so much that I couldn’t wait for the plane to land.
It was like I was going deaf and I couldn’t really hear my own voice. I tried to swallow my saliva and blow my nose while pinching them (it’s a tip I got from a cartoon btw) but nothing works.
It is still hurting now, and I have arrived home. This is my 3rd flight this year (Kuala Lumpur-East Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur) and I have never experienced so much pain in my ears before.
Is this normal?
Please read my article in Travel 3Sixty under EASING AEROPLANE EAR in ‘No Fears, No Tears’ where I explained about the problem you have just encountered. (see here )
What you have experienced is normal for those who fly with a cold. Normally, you could have cleared the blocked ears by what you did - pinching the nose and blowing (valsalva procedure) However if you have severe cold that can produce very thick mucus in the Eustachian tube or suffering from sinusitis, the pain can be quite excruciating.
Hence any one with severe cold should not fly as it can damage the ear drums. My best advice is to see a doctor prior to your next flight if you think you have a bad cold coming up.
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