Will Boarding A Plane Make A Leaky Eardrum Worse?

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Hello Devi,

A leaky or ruptured eardrum is a condition where there is a hole or tear in the tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane / eardrum is a thin layer that lines the outer ear and the middle ear and functions to transmit sound vibrations.

A ruptured eardrum can be caused by an infection in the middle ear, foreign bodies, using a cotton swab too deep, acoustic trauma (very loud sounds such as bomb explosions), barotrauma (eg when diving and boarding an airplane), and trauma / head injury.

A ruptured eardrum can cause complaints of decreased / impaired hearing and infection. A ruptured eardrum can improve in a few weeks, if there is an infection the doctor can give antibiotics to treat the infection. However, if there is no improvement then further action is needed to overcome it, for example with tympanoplasty surgery.

In general, there are no specific restrictions regarding listening to music, watching movies, or flying on planes for people with ruptured eardrums. It's just that you should avoid watching movies or listening to loud sounds for a long time and too often because it can interfere with ear health. This also applies to everyone yes. To minimize ear damage, you can use earplugs when exposed to sounds that are too loud.

As for boarding a plane, it is best to postpone it if there are still complaints and have not fully recovered because changes in air pressure can further aggravate complaints. If it is urgent or there is a need, discuss this with the ENT doctor who treats your mother. The doctor will examine the condition of the ear and determine whether it is possible to board the plane or should it be postponed. To reduce ear complaints while on an airplane, you can use earplugs, yawn, chew, and swallow.

Some tips that can be done:

Use waterproof ear plugs when bathing and swimming to prevent water from entering the ears. Avoid using cotton buds. If you want to clean your ears, you can go to a doctor or ENT doctor. Avoid exposure to loud noises. Avoid blowing your nose too loudly. Check with the doctor according to the schedule given. related to the topic of your question:

ruptured eardrum

Thanks and hope it helps,

dr. Devika Y

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