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July 15, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Air Travel can be an uncomfortable experience on its own with cramped seating and little room for movement, so why should we let the discomfort extend to our ears.

A National Survey of 1,206 Australians* by Australia Travel Safe has revealed some common annoying noises experienced by passengers while flying, with 49% of respondents agreeing, the sound of their ears popping when taking a flight is annoying.

Australia Travel Safe, who commissioned the survey, is a major distributor of a range of ear health products that help alleviate problems associated with our ears; tackling some of the problems raised by the respondents in these findings.250x250

Did you know ear popping is closely related to the pressure experienced by our ears when flying? This is often brought on by the rapidchanges in air pressure particularly on take-off and landing.

Dr Deborah Mills, a representative for Australia Travel Safe, said: “Ear popping occurs due to changes in external air pressure particularly during flight take-off and landing, or even sometimes when ascending mountains or buildings. If the air in the middle ear is at a different pressure to the external air, such as in aircraft cabin, the middle ear space needs to be emptied or filled to restore equal pressure. Theeustacian tubes carry air from the back of your nose into your middle ear. If you suffer a cold and have ‘blocked ears’, it is your eustaciantube that is blocked.

“EarPlanes® decrease the pressure gradient, which make the process more gentle which is useful for people who get severe ear pain with pressure changes.”

At these times, air in the middle ear is at a lower pressure than the air in the cabin and the middle ear needs to be topped up to restore equal pressure. If you’ve ever travelled by plane, no doubt you have experienced an ear popping noise in your ears and in worse cases this leads to pain.

Even though 37% of the Australian population aged over 15 have evidence of hearing damage due to noise exposure, only half of Australians aged 18-35 years (45 per cent) are saying they take steps to protect their ears from damage.**

EarPlanes® are the world’s first pressure regulating earplug. They relieve ear discomfort, clogging and popping with the exclusiveCeramX™ filter that naturally helps with regulating air pressure during flight. One end of the plug is exposed to the external cabin pressure, with the opposite end exposed to the sealed chamber formed when the ear plug is inserted in the ear. EarPlanes® pressure changer changes the way in which the passenger’s middle ear ‘experiences’ the descent by lessening the air pressure difference on the exterior and interior of the middle ear. The filter also acts as a barrier, providing relief to the discomfort caused by blockage and/or swelling of a passengers ears, allowing it to function as normal.

EarPlanes® are made from soft hypoallergenic and latex free soft silicone. The specialist design of the ear plugs provides an airtight seal between the product and ear canal, which also assists with blocking out noise pollution. The ear plugs are suitable for all adults and children from one year old.

Overview of survey findings:

– 20% of Australians say the noise of the engine is annoying when taking a flight

– 45% of Australians say people talking when they are trying to get some rest is annoying when taking a flight

– 67% of Australians say crying children or loud children are annoying when taking a flight

– 18% of Australians say the sound of overhead lockers opening and closing is annoying when taking a flight

– 49% of Australians say their ears popping is annoying when taking a flight

– 17% of Australians say the sound of people shuffling up and down the aisle is annoying when taking a flight

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