Effect of flying on the ears research: participants needed

•	Are you able to help a final year Audiology student with her research?

Are you able to help a final year Audiology student with her research? Shabnam Khan needs volunteers to take part in her investigation on the effect of flying on the ears. It will take just 15 minutes of your time. If you can take part or want further information please contact: Khans9@aston.ac.uk or call 07709 188404. 

The research will be done under the guidance of a supervisor from the University. To take part in the study you should have healthy functioning ear for someone your age.  If you do not meet these criteria, or you do not consider yourself to be in good health, you should not take part in the study. 

Study title

The effect of flying on the stiffness of the eardrum and middle ear pressure

What is the purpose of the study?

Approximately 65% of children and 46% of adults who fly experience ear pain and discomfort at some stage. One of the most prevalent medical conditions experienced by many passengers during flight is ear pain and discomfort, which is commonly known as otic barotrauma. The aim of this project is to examine the incidence and causes of barotrauma in more detail. More so, the research will investigate whether flying affects the stiffness of the eardrum as well as the middle-ear pressure.

What is involved? 

Over the course of the trial, measurements of your ears will be taken on three occasions including before flight, straight after flight upon landing and also a few days later. The measurements taken before flight will either be conducted at Aston University or the airport. Measurements at landing will be performed at the airport and repeated a few days later may be measured at Aston University or a suitable environment. 

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