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The ears have it


OK, I know that’s not a common saying, but it’s pretty common in my house right now! That’s right, the ears have it. Or more precisely, my ears have something!

Unusually, I’ve been flying quite a bit recently, back and forth to the UK to do grandma duty, and to help out at Simple Click offices while Claire is on maternity leave. I used to fly long-haul all the time, to Vancouver and back once a month, but those heady days of airports and economy class long haul are far behind me – thank goodness!

But here I am again, flying back and forth once a month, on economy airlines, even if it’s only a short-haul trip. It is obviously taking its toll on me, with my much-drier-than-usual eyes, and now, my blocked up ear.


Someone else’s ear (Photo credit: Menage a Moi)

I first noticed ear problems after my urm…heady experience of a Ryanair flight. Not to be recommended, but cheap as chips, so hey, there I was. After I got home, it took my eyes several days to get back to normal – whatever do they do to that recycled air, and why?

Now it’s the turn of my ears. They have been prone to feeling clogged up for a couple of weeks, but since yesterday, the right one won’t clear at all. Will it clear by itself? Will I need to go to the doctor?

I wish I knew, but in the meantime, I’m trying Sudafed, warm olive oil, ibuprofen, anything that I think might help. I’m a bit dizzy and headachy, but as my husband so kindly pointed out, what’s so different about that?

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

4 thoughts on “The ears have it

  1. You and me both – and I haven’t been flying! At first I thought it was to do with a nasty sinus/ear infection I had last month. First one, then both, ears blocked up and have been quite painful, with a “crackly paper” sound, but otherwise I can hear okay. Have been to see my GP, have been on antibiotics, have been using Rinomer, taking ibuprofen… aaaargh. I hope I can hold out until my appointment with the specialist on Monday, but most days I just want to grab something long and pointy and poke my ears out.


  2. OMG, horrible, isn’t it? I never realised how horrible it makes you feel to have blocked up ears! I also get the crackly paper sound, also some ringing. Have been to the GP, and have ear drops, decongestant and antibiotic. If the ears don’t unblock by Monday, it’s in for a syringing, which I absolutely hate!

    Good luck!


  3. Hmmmm … I have the same thing, after flying back to the UK on Ryanair (plus picking up a nasty infection probably through the recycled air onboard). I’ve also had antibiotics, pain-killers and at the moment I have been prescribed a nasal spray. What a nuisance it is!