Do you suffer from airplane ear when you travel?

Published On: Oct 09 2012 12:10:01 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 10:49:29 AM EDT
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A fight between two female flight attendants forced the cancellation of an Atlanta-bound flight at an airport in upstate New York in February 2010. All passengers were told to evacuate the plane because, "stewardesses were fighting."

When you are on an airplane, do you notice pressure in your ear? This is called airplane ear.

Airplane ear occurs when the air pressure in your middle ear and your environment are out of balance, according to the Mayo Clinic. This usually occurs at the beginning and the end of flights as the plane is ascending and descending.

While severe cases of airplane ear may need to be treated by a doctor, the Mayo Clinic says most cases can be treated by yawning, swallowing or chewing gum during a flight’s take-off and landing.

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