If you're going to be traveling by plane, or driving to an area with a significantly higher altitude, it can be a good idea to schedule ENT treatment before you leave. At Houston ENT & Allergy in Katy, we've treated patients that have complained about increased ear discomfort or hearing loss after getting off a flight, or taking a trip to a spot with a higher altitude. Experiencing "ear-popping" is a natural occurrence, but for those with chronic hearing problems or ear pain, it can be an unbearable ordeal.
The Eustachian tube is a membrane-lined tube about the size of a pencil that equalizes pressure on both sides of the eardrum. When a person flies, the Eustachian tubes must open frequently to account for the changes in air pressure as the plane rises into the air. If you're suffering from a sinus infection or nasal blockage, it could already be difficult for your Eustachian tubes to equalize pressure, and the changes in altitude only compound the problem. Many people chew gum or swallow frequently to activate the muscles that control the Eustachian tubes, but if you have a blockage or infection, these practices could prove ineffective.
The doctors at our Katy ENT clinic can provide sufficient treatment before or after your next trip. If you often fly for work, and have noticed an increase in ear or hearing problems, please come see us right away. Frequent plane trips and changes in pressure can have an effect on your ears, and we don't want you to suffer from an issue that can be easily treated.