FLIGHTSAFE is a pressure regulating ear plug specifically designed for Adults and Children who suffer ear pain while flying.
The patented metal filter within the medical grade plastic FlightSafe slows down the rate of pressure change in the ear, alleviating the symptoms experienced by sufferers of ear discomfort when the cabin pressure changes rapidly during take-off and landing.
FlightSafe are intended for people with sensitive ears or people who must fly even though suffering with a cold, allergy or sinus condition. We do not recommend use of FlightSafe in the event of severe sinus, cold or flu congestion. If discomfort persists, use should be discontinued and doctor’s advice sought. Use by children must be closely supervised by an adult. For anyone with ear ailments please consult your specialist prior to use.
6 Reasons Why You Should Use FlightSafe
Almost every air passenger has suffered an unpleasant feeling of pressure or even pain in the ears occasionally during landings – the airplane ears. Sometimes hearing is affected even days after the flight.
At cruising altitude there is only one constant air pressure in the plane cabin corresponding to that on a mountain at about 2000 meters. The air pressure in the cabin again increases very quickly during the landing.
Without FlightSafe ear plugs: The increasing air pressure bends the ear drum in the direction of the middle ear.
Even the ear has to react in this situation. The Eustachian tubes, a tube like connection between the nasopharyngeal region and the middle ear, must ensure that the air pressure in the middle ear increases again through a so-called active opening. If this does not happen quickly enough, it leads to a painful bending of the ear drum called ear barotrauma, airplane ears or ear popping.
FlightSafe ear plugs were developed with the express objective of protecting the ear from quick and major changes in the air pressure, such as can be experienced in airplanes or cable cars and elevators of skyscrapers. Inserted in time before the landing or the trip down to the valley, the ear protection forms a small chamber in the auditory canal in front the ear drum. A special, high precision filter delays the increase in air pressure in this small chamber alleviating pain and discomfort.
Even if the Eustachian tubes can perform an active opening to the middle ear for the pressure balance it is only with a delay that the FightSafe filter provides a buffer effect in the chamber prevents the ear drum from bending painfully.
FlightSafe ear plugs protects from quick changes in air pressure
This relatively simple principle requires a high precision filter which limits the air flow in the chamber so extremely that the desired buffer effect can actually come into effect.
This differentiates FlightSafe ear plugs from simple noise protection plugs, which some manufacturers unfortunately offer with instructions for use during flights. These simple devices are highly ineffective against changes in air pressure and the pain that results.
If you have felt pressure in the ear and pain even at the start of the flight and during ascent we recommend inserting the ear protection before the start and to remove it only after approx. 30 minutes after the start of the flight. The pressure conditions in the cabin normally do not change at cruising altitude till the aircraft begins to descend. During flights of less than an hour and half duration, we recommend wearing FlightSafe ear plugs during the entire flight, especially since the ear protection additionally works to reduce noise and can also be used in combination with inflight entertainment.
You should always insert the ear plugs 45 minutes before the planned landing because the air pressure in the cabin rises rapidly as soon the aircraft leaves cruising altitude and starts to descend. We recommend removing FLIGHTSAFE only on reaching the airport building, to allow the Eustachian tubes sufficient time to equalise the pressure.
Children in particular, often suffer from pain in the ears while landing.
The effectiveness of FlightSafe ear plugs was scientifically verified in a pressure chamber in a study at the ENT clinic of Charité in central Berlin with a group of test subjects who routinely suffered from ear pain during flights (airplane ears). It was proven that the ear pain caused by changes in pressure, such as those arising in the aircraft cabins reduced significantly (Jumah et al., Pressure regulating ear plug testing in pressure chamber, Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, June 2010).
Leibniz University Hannover – Study
A user acceptance study and a practical test were conducted on over 500 passengers by the Institute for Marketing and Management of the Leibniz University, Hannover, for Hannover Airport, TUI fly.com and Innosan GmbH:
- Over 90% of the participants reported an improvement in their condition
- Around 80% of the user group with medium severity ear pain had no pain at all
- Over 80% of all tested persons stated that they would recommend FlightSafe to their friends
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FlightSafe ear plugs:
- prevents ear pain when flying
- protects the ears against changes in pressure
- easy to use and comfortable to wear
FlightSafe ear plugs are available in two standard sizes:
Adults with narrow ear canals can use the childrens size for better fit and comfort.
Pressure regulating ear plugs against earache when flying
Around half of all air passengers know the uncomfortable feeling of pressure in the ear, or even pain that occurs during landing. Sometimes these problems last for days after the flight which can negatively impact your holiday or business meeting.
After reaching cruising level the cabin pressure corresponds to an air pressure on a mountain to approximately 2000 meters above sea level. During descent and landing the air pressure in the cabin rises again very quickly. In this situation, the ear must respond. The Eustachian tube connecting the nasopharynx with the middle ear must ensure through a so-called active opening that the air pressure in the middle ear rises too. If this does not happen fast enough, there is a nociceptive curvature of the eardrum. Used 45 minutes before landing FlightSafe ear plugs form a tiny pressure chamber in front of the ear drum. The ear plugs for flying, equipped with a specially designed micro-filter, ensure that the air pressure in the ear canal increases much slower than in the cabin thus alleviating pain and discomfort.
Demonstrating the effectiveness of FlightSafe ear plugs
The effectiveness of FlightSafe ear plugs were proven in the Charité in Berlin and in a large study of more than 500 passengers from TUIfly:
- 90% of all subjects reported a significant relief of symptoms.
- 80% of them were completely pain-free (group A)
- over 80% of subjects would recommend FlightSafe ear plugs to their friends.