In today’s issue (14 July 2015) of Daily Mail you can read about essential items you should take with you on holiday. Otovent® has been featured in the article as an ideal device that stops ear pain when descending on an air plane.
As an aircraft ascends and descends, negative pressure in the middle ear develops which can cause ear pain to many passengers. The pain is normally relieved by chewing, yawning or holding your nose and trying to breathe out with the mouth closed to equalise pressure in the ears which is known as the Valsalva manoeuvre.
Otovent treatment involves a small balloon that the passenger blows up using their nose. It equalises the pressure and relieves the symptoms of negative pressure in the middle ear. The act of blowing up the balloon helps to open up theEustachian tube, allowing the pressure to equalise.
The condition is known as Barotitis. Approximately 10% of adults and 20% of children develop Barotitis during flight. In a recent study on the effects of using Otovent during flight, 14% of 188 passengers suffered from the symptoms of Barotitis. After using Otovent this number was reduced to 6% when passengers used Otovent autoinflation treatment.
You can find out more about the effectiveness of Otovent in relieving the symptoms of Barotitis in the clinical paper here
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