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Question
Posted by: Heidie | 2012/02/20

Q.

Flying with ear condition

I have been born with a ear defect where I have no bones in the inner left ear and suffer from the common term glue ear. As a child my parents where informed that I would never be able to fly due to pressure of altitude. As technology has changed and aeroplane are now more pressurised would flying between Durban and Joburg still be a problem?

Expert's Reply

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Hearing Expert

Hi Heidi!

Changing air pressure is still a concern and discomfort may be experienced despite some advances in aircraft technology. If you have grommets it may provide some relief. It would be good to consult with an Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist. Based on the examination and your needs, an appropriate solution can be considered. I must reiterate that flying in your current condition may result in discomfort, hence please visit the ENT for a consultation before flying.

Kind regards...

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2012/02/21

Hi Heidi!

Changing air pressure is still a concern and discomfort may be experienced despite some advances in aircraft technology. If you have grommets it may provide some relief. It would be good to consult with an Ear Nose and Throat {ENT} specialist. Based on the examination and your needs, an appropriate solution can be considered. I must reiterate that flying in your current condition may result in discomfort, hence please visit the ENT for a consultation before flying.

Kind regards...

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