On a recent flight, as the cabin pressure changed, causing my ears to "pop", I
noticed that sounds seemed much louder after the popping. I do not know if the
popping was due to increase or decrease in cabin pressure.
I am wondering if my Eustacian tubes are usually shut, and are opened
temporarily by the "popping", resulting in better hearing.
I have had my hearing tested, during which the audiologist fumbled around with
a device that attempted to apply a vacuum or a pressure to my ear canal. She
assured me that she accurately completed that part of the test, and she even
told me the name of the procedure, which I have forgotten. I think she said the
result of the "pressure" test was normal, meaning my hearing loss was not
by the "pressure" or lack thereof. Sorry for the incomplete info. My memmory
loss seems to be worse than my hearing loss. :)
The test revealed a 30 % ( or 30 decible ??) loss of discernment of high pitch
voice sounds. My hearing loss occurred after a nasty cold about a year ago. The
cold also started some tinnitus, which comes and goes.
Eventually I may ask this question of my audiologist and ENT, who after all are
paid to help me, but I frankly think I will get better answers from this
But back to my main question : Does a temporary hearing improvement on the
plane after "ear popping" indicate that I have hope for improving my hearing by
somehow unplugging my eustacian tubes ??
> But back to my main question : Does a temporary hearing improvement on
> plane after "ear popping" indicate that I have hope for improving my
> somehow unplugging my eustacian tubes ??
Givren your hearing test results, probably not. It's more likely that as the
plane ascended, the pressure buildup in the middle ear caused a gradual and
temporary muffling of your hearing, which was suddenly relieved when your
ears popped. I suspect that what you noticed was a sudden return to your
usual level of hearing after that gradual reduction...
Thomas E. Boismier, MPH
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I have had a similar experience. When I began to notice my hearing
was going in 1992, I also noticed that I could take a vitamin C
tablet and it would tend to help my hearing by a small but noticeable
amount. Later it got worse and I had to get a half shell HA for use
in serious conversation. I still tended to take a vitamin C
occasionally and it seemed to help my hearing by clearing my head.
In 1997, my loss had become fairly bad. I was traveling over the Blue
Ridge Mountains from Tennesseee over into North Carolina and did not
have my HA on. To hear the radio I had to keep the volume knob at
about "11 o'clock". As I approached the mid point of the mountain
altitude, my ears popped and the radio was rather loud. I had to turn
the volume knob down to about "8 or 9" o'clock for it to be
comfortable. About a half hour later I was descending the other side
and I could feel my head and ears begin to "stop up" as per normal.
After a few minutes I could no longer hear the radio and had to turn
it up to it's usual setting. I can't believe that this was my
imagination. I told a doctor about it hand he shrugged it off.
Maybe it is some sort of sinus pressure that is not picked up in that
I don't have any answers but would like to hear someone's opinion.
I do wear HA in both ears and have major wax build up in both ears I think this
helps the wax openup?
At any rate I am under Dr orders to do that!
Ken Plants (forgiveness is easier to get than permission)
I have no wax build up. This would be in the ear canal anyway. I was
wondering if it would have something to do with the eustachian tubes.
I would be careful about blowing my nose as it could injure the