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Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: It is ok to fly with a perforated ear drum.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
In fact, if you have problems with your ears when flying, a perforation will help pressure changes
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Absolutely: The ear with the perforation will be the happiest ear on the plane as it will have instantaneous pressure equalization and no problem whatsoever. Ear problems occur when the pressure outside the ear drum is significantly different than pressure inside the middle ear. With a hole that can't happen.

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Can one fly with a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. David Krulak
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Yes: As a matter of fact, it will be easier to fly with that ear because one would not have to equalize pressure in it. The caveat is that you are the passenger. You should likely not pilot for fear of equilibrium issues.

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