When should I call my doctor about airplane ear?

If your ears remain blocked, hearing does not return to normal or if pain persists several hours after landing, contact your doctor. Bleeding, dizziness or drainage from the ears are signs of ear damage and should be checked by your doctor. The doctor will examine your ears and may order a hearing test (audiometry) or ear pressure test (tympanometry) to make sure there is not a more serious issue.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/13/2020.

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