EarPlanes are a patented pressure-regulating earplug inserted in the ear to help reduce discomfort often associated with air travel. They were developed by Cirrus Healthcare Products LLC in conjunction with the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, and have been tested by US Navy aviators at the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.
EarPlanes consist of two elements: a hypoallergenic silicone ear plug and a ceramic pressure regulator. The silicone earplug has four circumferential rings which provide an airtight seal between the product and ear canal. The ceramic element is a controlled porosity filter, one end of which is exposed to the external cabin pressure, with the opposite end exposed to the sealed chamber formed when the ear plug is inserted in the ear. Thus, as the cabin air pressure changes, a pressure differential is created across the ceramic filter, thereby causing air to flow through the filter. The filter acts as an impedance to the flow of air into and out of the ear canal.
Discomfort is caused by blockage and/or swelling of a passengers Eustachian tube(s). The air pressure changes induced by the aircraft's descent are too rapid for the blocked Eustachian tubes to adjust properly. However, EarPlanes, provide an equal but opposite impedance on the exterior of the middle ear, allowing relief. Discomfort is reduced because the air pressure difference on the exterior and interior of the middle ear is lessened allowing the Eustachian tubes to function more normally.
EarPlanes are intended for people with sensitive ears or people who must fly even though suffering with a cold, allergy or sinus condition.
A pediatric version is available for children 1 to 11 years of age. We do not recommend use of EarPlanes in the event of severe sinus congestion (completely blocked Eustachian tubes).
EarPlanes also act as noise suppression ear plugs. Many users report that EarPlanes seem to filter out much of the objectionable high frequency noise generated by aircraft engines. Most importantly though, airline flight safety announcements may still be heard (and headsets worn) by users.
During operation, air flows through the microscopic pores of the ceramic filter. Particles of smoke, pollen and airborne bacteria are small enough to eventually "clog" the filter and reduce effectiveness.
EarPlanes and Children's EarPlanes are available at all major drug, mass, supermarket and airport retailers such as Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Eckerd, Osco, Sav-On, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Kroger, Paradies, Hudson News, Host Marriott and many more.
EarPlanes are also available in the United Kingdom at Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds and other chemists, and at airports and chemists throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, and Australia.
- Take a decongestant 24 hours before flying to keep air passages and ears clear.
- Chew gum or drink fluids through altitude changes during flight to equalize the pressure in the middle ear.
- Use a set of EarPlanes™ for take-offs and landings or altitude changes during the flight to equalize the pressure in the middle ear.
- Hold the nose and swallow to alleviate ear pressure in the middle ear. Use ¼ percent Neo-Synephrine nasal spray shortly after boarding the aircraft and again 45 minutes before the aircraft is due to land to keep the nasal passages open.
- Try not to fly when you have a cold or upper respiratory infection, as you are more likely to experience ear problems.
Helps to prevent Swimmer's Ear by keeping water out of the ears.
Yes, BioEars is safe for everyone including children.
Yes, BioEars has a noise protection rating of 22 which is equal to most Soft silicone earplugs.
Yes, BioEars is waterproof and may help to prevent Swimmers Ear.
The ear care section of many drug stores and on this website.
Water trapped in the ears after swimming or bathing can be very uncomfortable and may lead to ear problems such as Swimmer’s Ear. The revolutionary, patent pending, product we designed is ClearEars. ClearEars is a soft, comfortable earplug treated with a polymer, which makes the plugs super-absorbent to draw water from the ears.
ClearEars are safe for children and adults. Anyone coming out of a pool, bath, ocean, etc. may get water trapped in their ears. ClearEars is the convenient, fast way to remove this water.
Simply place the ClearEars earplugs in your ears for a few minutes, allowing the water to be absorbed by the plugs. This will clear your ears!
ClearEars are more convenient to use right out of the water providing on the spot relief. Many eardrop brands also contain alcohol, which is potentially damaging to the ears. ClearEars is soft and natural remedy to your Swimmer’s Ear problem!
ClearEars are available to purchase on our site, Harmon Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com and HEB supermarkets.