Flying can cause negative ear pressure problems in both adults and children

Find out more about how the EarPopper can help

Flying can cause negative ear pressure problems in both adults and children.
Usually the pressure inside and outside the ear is the same.
Often changes in air pressure are experienced gradually, allowing our ears to adapt without issues. However, whilst flying there are very fast changes in air pressure.
The Eustachian Tube is located in the middle ear and its main function is to ensure the pressure outside and inside the ear is the same.
When our ears pop during a flight it is caused by the Eustachian Tube adjusting to the rapid change in pressure. When our ears take longer to pop or equalise this is known as negative ear pressure.

Symptoms of Negative Ear Pressure

  • Hearing loss
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

How can the EarPopper help?

The EarPopper balances pressure in the middle ear by delivering a safe, constant stream of air into the nasal cavity. During the moment of swallowing, the air opens the Eustachian Tube and clears the middle ear, relieving negative ear pressure and allowing any fluids to drain.



Each EarPopper includes a printed instruction leaflet (IFU), individuals should read in full before using or commencing treatment. Click Here to view a PDF version.
Do not use the EarPopper in the presence of ear infection, upper respiratory infection, nasal congestion, cold symptoms or a perforated eardrum. The device is not intended for multiple users.

How can we help you?

Fluid in the Ear

Diving & Swimming


Relief with just 1 swallow


Clinically Supported


Suitable for Children 4+ (with adult supervision)

“I have had a long term problem with ETD and decided to give this gadget a go rather than trying a grommet or eustachian tube surgery. I have until now used an Otovent which was rather hit and miss, and of course I ran out of balloons quite quickly. I am very impressed and I can now get my ear to pop on demand. Highly recommended.”

Jeremy Ewen