Air travelers often complain of suffering from painful ear pressure due to in-flight air pressure changes that occur on airplanes. Others complain of crying babies, chatty neighbors or potentially harmful engine noise that prevent them from relaxing, reading or getting work completed. Many have had such traumatic experiences that they dread flying or simply refuse to ever fly again! All this begs the question, are there any earplugs that can help relieve this discomfort and make air travel more pleasurable? YES! Thankfully, a solution exists.
When worn according to directions, high-quality Mack’s® Flightguard® Airplane Pressure Relief Earplugs help to protect the ears from painful air pressure changes and reduce noise. Mack’s® Flightguard® Earplugs with Comfortek™ Technology are designed to deliver optimal performance and comfort during flights with their ultra-soft flanges and open-flow filter system design. These features prevent the ear canal irritation that many experience with other brands of airplane ear plugs, particularly during longer flights. The Aero Filter regulates ear pressure to ease altitude changes, helping to relieve ear popping and pressure discomfort naturally and safely. Another manner by which these special airplane earplugs help is by lowering noise levels in the cabin, allowing the user to rest, thus helping combat the effects of jet lag. The benefit of this rest is twofold in that it also helps calm and relax the “tense” flyer, which allows them to equalize more effectively. Flightguard® carries a Noise Reduction Rating of 26 Decibels, which helps bring noise down to a safer and more comfortable level, while still allowing one to communicate, when needed.
As earplugs are only to be used as an aid, the air traveler needs to take an active role in trying to prevent the onset of the ear pressure discomfort. They should try to stay ahead of and prevent the discomfort by trying to “clear” or equalize their ears (or eustachian tubes) by one of the various known methods. This is especially important during descent, when pain from ear pressure most typically occurs. One of the methods, the Valsalva Maneuver, involves plugging the nose while applying slight blowing pressure while holding one’s breath. Another method is to chew gum. It is not the gum itself, but the wide opening motion of the jaw and the act of swallowing that helps aid in the equalization process. Therefore, either faking the act of chewing something or merely munching on some snacks can achieve the same results. For some, allergy medications can also help by decreasing inflammation, making equalization easier. It’s recommended to wear the earplugs the entire flight, up until the airplane has landed and the cabin has been depressurized. It’s best to practice the various equalizing methods long before your departure date so as to learn which methods work best for you. If you are suffering from an ear health condition, it’s recommended that you consult an E.N.T. (ear, nose, and throat doctor) before flying while using the earplugs.
There’s no need to dread flying to your next destination. Stop worrying about ear pain and discomfort while flying. By arming yourself with some good ear equalization techniques and the proper earplugs for flying, like Mack’s® Flightguard® Airplane Pressure Relief Earplugs, you can actually relax and enjoy your next flight.