Hey PF, Last time I landed on an airplane my ears hurt unbearably, and it lasted hours. I had tried yawning, swallowing, drinking, chewing gums, and the valsalva maneuver. After I got on the ground I purchased a milky way bar, ate that, and then ate a hot dog, french fries, and a pepsi. My ears still hurt. I can't imagine this is good for my ears, which already have problems. Next time I will bring in decongestants an attempt to keep my eustachians clear. I tried the Toynbee and Valsalva maneuvers just now after reading all Wikipedia had on "ear clearing," and I can tell it is only working on my left eustachian tube. I fear what may happen tomorrow. Is there anything else I can do? I love traveling, I wouldn't want to give it up for fear of damaging my hearing.