Flying with Meniere’s Disease

This post was written by Mike on September 14, 2014
Posted Under: General Information on Meniere's Disease / Syndrome

Does flying affect your Meniere’s symptoms?

We often get emails asking if flying is going to be a problem with Meniere’s Disease.

In theory the added air pressure could increase the swelling inside he ear and increase the prospect of heightened pressure on the hearing and balance nerves. Therefore increasing the possibility of an attack.

In practice though it seems very few people actually do have adverse affects from flying. Buzz Aldrin suffered from Meniere’s Disease yet he flew to the moon!

Good rule of thumb would be to make sure all other aspects of your life that may increase possibilities of triggering an attack are eliminated or reduced prior to flying.

Be strict about your diet in the days leading up to the flight, stay away from alcohol, keep stress to a minimum and make sure you get enough sleep.

On board, request low salt meals, do not drink alcohol and keep yourself hydrated with water.

And enjoy the flight.

September 13th 2014, 75 year old Rowland Jenkins braved a skydive to raise money for The Meniere’s Society in the UK :

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