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Sleeping on a plane? You’re at risk of losing your hearing

Sleeping on a plane is risking your hearing, the sudden change in altitude could block a thin canal of the ear - means - losing your hearing.

If you’re travelling on public transport in some developing countries, you’d lose something when you snooze for a moment. You could lose your luggage if the area is risky to criminal activities.

But for aeroplanes, according to a research, snoozing could mean losing your hearing. If you’re sleeping on a plane that is in the position of sudden change in altitude, your capacity to stabilize the pressure in your eardrum could be compromised and might cause a damage permanently.

A sudden altitude change on a plane makes our ears feel differently like a pop-up or hearing ability reduced like a layer. It usually happens when the pressures on the outside of the ear do not match on the inside. Usually, when a plane is about to land or drops in altitude.

Such pressures can be stabilized by either yawning or swallowing that open a thin canal in the ear called the Eustachian tube. Therefore, air hostesses sometimes offer chewy sweets.

When you’re on flight mode, it’s advised do not sleep on a plane especially when plane is about to land.

However, the pressures may remain matchless when you’re sleeping on a plane (in the position of dropping in altitude). The Eustachian tube of your ear can be blocked and ear barotrauma can occur. According to Medline Plus, The problem often occurs with altitude changes, such as flying, scuba diving, or driving in the mountains. If you have a congested nose from allergies, colds, or an upper respiratory infection, you are more likely to develop barotrauma. Ear barotrauma is discomfort in the ear due to pressure differences between the inside and outside of the eardrum. It may include damage to the ear.

You can relieve ear discomfort by opening the Eustachian tube by relieving the pressure, such as yawning, swallowing, inhaling, or consuming a Chew gum.

Ear barotrauma is a condition that most of us have experienced in our lives when we climb the mountain or alike situation.

In troubled cases, if the tube remains blocked for a period of time, it could damage your hearing ability. The infection, that can develop the cause, that’d lead to hearing difficulties even a deep fistula leak would be developed where blood leaks from the ear.

The condition of changes in altitude commonly affects people driving in the mountains. On a plane, make sure that you’ll listen whatever announced. Avoid sleeping when landing or changes in altitude regardless of your lack of sleep or how sleepy you’re. You must think of ear damage, how sleeping on a plane could affect your ear.

Source
Medline PlusHarvard Medical School
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Arif Mohammad

The Middle East's Blogger, blogging on travel, lifestyles, employment, history, and technology. I am an Indian by nationality, working in the Middle East.

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