Why do my ears ache when I fly?
Ear pain in aeroplanes is caused by a build-up of negative pressure in the middle ear. During descent atmospheric pressure in the cabin rises causing a negative pressure build-up. As negative pressure increases behind the eardrum it is drawn inwards and if the pressure is not equalised it can lead to Barotitis, a very painful condition.
How Negative Pressure Builds Up
What Is Otovent Fly?
How To Use Otovent
Inhale deeply, close the mouth and inflate the balloon until it is the size of a grapefruit by blowing through the nostril.
Repeat the procedure with the left nostril. You will know that the treatment works if you experience a pressure increase and/or a “click” in the ear.