A 24-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Dennis Diaz
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: It is ok to fly with a perforated ear drum.
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
1
1 comment
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
In fact, if you have problems with your ears when flying, a perforation will help pressure changes
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. David Astrachan
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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.
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Krulak
23 years experience Family Medicine
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 pa ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ravi Samy
Dr. Ravi Samy answered
26 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Should be ok: You are probably ok to fly. See an otologist. You need a hearing test. Stay on dry ear precautions. Your perforation is perhaps a sign of ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Perforated ear drum: Please discuss this withyour ENT physician or go online to Healthtap prime to discuss with an ENT physician. Hearing is important. Also discuss use ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vandana Kumra
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See doctor : If your ear is blocked, it will be very uncomfortable to fly. You should have the cerumen removed before the flight.
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month