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TRY GUM, DECONGESTANTS TO AVOID EAR PAIN IN FLIGHT

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If you suffer severe ear pain or temporary hearing loss when you fly, heed the advice of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Rockville, Md.

The discomfort - called aerotitis or barotrauma - occurs when an airliner depressurizes during takeoff and repressurizes as it's landing. To reduce your ear problems:- Chew gum.

- Eat, swallow or yawn.

- Hold your nose and blow with your mouth closed.

- Use oral decongestants for three days before your flight.

- Use a nasal decongestant spray just before takeoff and just before landing.

- Don Kirkman