If you’re wondering how to unblock ears after skydiving then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re getting a case of the pre-jump jitters after committing to your first tandem skydive or still in the debating phase of going for it, don’t let the fear of ear pressure add to the stress. Let’s jump into the dos and don’ts of dealing with blocked ears when you’re jumping from an airplane!
We, humans, are made to stay on the ground (thanks a lot, gravity), but with the invention of the airplane, and later the parachute system, we are able to soar through the skies whenever our little hearts desire. Flying puts our ears – which are our primary equalizers – to the ultimate test by taking us to unnatural altitudes. When our ears aren’t able to keep up with the speed of the aircraft or the velocity of the skydive, we need to help them out a bit. Here are our top four methods to unpop your ears after flying:
The air pressure that is unique to each altitude you’ll fall through may not affect you at all! However, if you are someone who feels the need to get that sweet relief of un-popping your ears while driving through the hills or riding a steep roller-coaster, these tips will definitely help your skydiving experience be more enjoyable. Most skydivers have to unblock their ears to some extent on every skydive, it becomes second nature and has become such a prominent part of our regular routine to the point that we don’t even think twice about unlocking those bad boys!
Don’t freak out … skydiving does hold the potential to cause ear damage, but it is rare and typically preventable. Every-day skydivers have a higher chance of having hearing issues due to not protecting their hearing holes from the high decibels of the engine rather than from the constant pressure changes. In order to avoid damaging your ears while skydiving it is recommended that hearing protection be worn on the plane – this is advised for people who skydive all the time, one time without earplugs will be fine, but you can definitely bring them if you want!
If you’re more worried about the pressure posed on your ears while jumping and are asking, “Can your eardrums burst while skydiving?” The answer is, unfortunately, yes – cue the screams!!! Let’s not jump to conclusions here, as long as you’re not jumping despite having some unresolved sinus pressure or an ear infection, you should be just fine.
When we’re sick, our tubes can’t equalize … like, at all. They’re basically checked out and on a beach drinking a mai-tai laughing at you as you hurtle through the sky. So, if you have a head cold or something of that nature, we highly recommend rescheduling your skydive and avoiding a painful potential puncture of the eardrum.
Although it’s super rare to not be able to fully clear them after landing, your ears may need an extra push to get back to themselves after going through such an awesome experience! Don’t worry. If our tips and tricks didn’t provide you any relief and you’re still a bit off-balance and unable to hear just right after some time, it’s time to see a doc! There are more involved techniques made to resolve ear pressure that we simply aren’t qualified to get into – we’re just people who jump out of planes for a living, give us a break!
Our ears are pretty resilient and can overcome some serious stuff! If you’re still trippin’ about whether or not they can handle the thrill of jumping from a plane, consult with your doctor, and as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any other questions or concerns!