Flying with Hyperacusis
Hi all. I’m about to take my first flight since my acoustic trauma 8 months ago that left me with some hearing loss complicated by hyperacusis. You were all very helpful in my first few weeks with the disorder. With time, it has gotten somewhat better. Some noises that had been painful are now tolerable, although the kitchen is still a minefield. I’m worried that an airplane is likewise filled with potential hazards for someone with hyperacusis. I’m particularly worried about the ear pressure changes. Should I take a decongestant in advance of the flight? Are decongestants ok to take with hyperacusis if one doesn’t have heart problems or glaucoma? Can I wear ear plugs given air pressure changes? Do airlines restrict ear protective devices because of some rule about being able to hear flight instructions? I greatly appreciate any experience or advice that you can offer. Thanks so much!!