I recently had the chance to test out new aviation earplugs designed to reduce the pressure in your ears while flying and I have to say that I’m impressed!
These new earplugs are made by Eargasm, one of my favorite earplug companies known for their amazing high-fidelity earplugs that lower the volume of your environment while still allowing you to hear music and conversations clearly.
(SIDE NOTE: If you haven’t tried high fidelity musicians earplugs before, they are amazing for both tinnitus and Meniere’s patients. You can learn more about them here.)
But today, I want to talk about their new aviation earplugs because flying can present a huge challenge for tinnitus and Meniere’s sufferers.
Tinnitus and Air Travel:
Between the unhealthy foods sold in airports, the stressful nature of a long day of travel, and the changes in atmospheric pressure while airborne, there are a lot of factors that can cause problems.
During flight, airplane cabins are pressurized, but only to about 6000-8000 feet above sea level. And depending on where you off from, that can add up to a significant and rapid change.
If you’ve flown before, you how much take offs and landings can affect your ears. Ear fullness, popping, and pain are all common because the air pressure in your inner ear doesn’t change as fast as the air pressure of the cabin, causing the eardrum to swell inwards or outwards.
It’s entirely possible to equalize the pressure in a variety of ways but when you live with tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, or other vestibular disorders, these pressure changes can be far more problematic, especially if your symptoms are triggered or influenced by changes in barometric pressure or weather.
Now I want to be clear that barometric pressure changes are not one of my major triggers. Occasionally, a storm front rolling in will trigger a temporary spike in my symptoms, but it’s rare, and I generally don’t have problems equalizing the pressure in my ears when I fly.
So when I tested these earplugs on two different flights, I focused on how well they equalized the pressure in my ears for me. And I was surprised at how well they actually worked.
On both flights, the pressure in my ears remained equalized more or less the entire time they were in my ears.
I also found them very comfortable and they worked really well as normal earplugs too, offering about 20 decibel noise reduction at the same time.
Now I should mention that this technology is not exactly new, a disposable version of this kind of earplug called Earplanes has been around for a long time. But Earplanes are only good for 2 or 3 flights and don’t offer much in the way of noise reduction, whereas the Eargasm aviation earplugs are reusable and have a far more durable filter.
Final Thoughts: Are they worth it?
Are the Eargasm Aviation earplugs worth the money for tinnitus and Meniere’s suffers?
I definitely think so and I recommend grabbing a set and giving them a try on your next flight.
But it’s also important to know that cabin pressurization problems primarily affect the middle ear, rather than the inner ear, which is potentially affected by tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, other vestibular disorders.
So if changes in barometric pressure are a big symptom trigger for you, these may not give you the level of protection you might be hoping for on flights. But you still will likely get some protection, and so in my opinion it worth giving them a shot.
The price is pretty good too. With the discount code mindover (one word, all lower case) that Eargasm was nice enough to provide to the community, you can get a set, along with a metal carrying case for less than $18 before shipping. (You can also find them on Amazon)
So I hope you guys give these a try! And if you’ve tried them already, be sure to leave a comment below!
The one thing I was not able to test was whether or not these earplugs can help protect you against changes in barometric pressure when not flying, so if anyone else has these, please comment on this as well!
NOTE: Eargasm was nice enough to send me a free pair of their new aviation earplugs to test out. I receive many free products (and purchase many products too) but only ever end up writing about a very small percentage of them that work for me and that I stand behind and actually use. Some of the links featured in the post are affiliate links. If you decide to purchase a product through these links, Rewiring Tinnitus may receive a small commission that goes toward the maintenance cost of the website.