Air travellers' awareness of the preventability of otic barotrauma

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/593840
Title:
Air travellers' awareness of the preventability of otic barotrauma
Authors:
Mitchell-Innes, A.; Young, E.; Vasiljevic, A.; Rashid, M.
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: Otic barotrauma is common among air travellers and can cause severe otalgia, perforation of the tympanic membrane and hearing loss. Many prevention measures exist, with varying evidence to support their use. There are no data to establish if air travellers are aware of them or indeed use them. We aimed to establish air travellers' knowledge of such prevention measures. METHODS: We surveyed air travellers at two UK airports by means of a questionnaire. Answers to the questionnaire were collected over a two-week period. RESULTS: Overall, 179 air travellers with a mean age of 28 years (range: 15-72 years) completed the questionnaire. There were 66 female and 113 male air travellers. The majority (84 per cent) complained of symptoms while flying and 30 per cent were not aware of any prevention measures. Barotrauma-related symptoms were reported in 25 per cent of air travellers who were unaware of any prevention measures. Nearly all air travellers (86 per cent) indicated that more information regarding prevention measures would be useful. CONCLUSION: Air travellers are often not aware of prevention measures to avoid otic barotrauma, and the majority suffer as a result. Increasing public awareness of simple prevention measures would have a significant impact on air travellers.
Citation:
J Laryngol Otol. 2014 Jun;128(6):494-8.
Publisher:
Cambridge Journals
Journal:
The Journal of laryngology and otology
Issue Date:
1-Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/593840
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215114001145
PubMed ID:
24896105
Additional Links:
http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0022215114001145
Type:
Journal Article; Review
Language:
eng
ISSN:
1748-5460
Appears in Collections:
ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat); 2014 RD&E publications

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMitchell-Innes, A.en
dc.contributor.authorYoung, E.en
dc.contributor.authorVasiljevic, A.en
dc.contributor.authorRashid, M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-19T12:35:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-19T12:35:37Zen
dc.date.issued2014-06-01en
dc.identifier.citationJ Laryngol Otol. 2014 Jun;128(6):494-8.en
dc.identifier.issn1748-5460en
dc.identifier.pmid24896105en
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0022215114001145en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11287/593840en
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: Otic barotrauma is common among air travellers and can cause severe otalgia, perforation of the tympanic membrane and hearing loss. Many prevention measures exist, with varying evidence to support their use. There are no data to establish if air travellers are aware of them or indeed use them. We aimed to establish air travellers' knowledge of such prevention measures. METHODS: We surveyed air travellers at two UK airports by means of a questionnaire. Answers to the questionnaire were collected over a two-week period. RESULTS: Overall, 179 air travellers with a mean age of 28 years (range: 15-72 years) completed the questionnaire. There were 66 female and 113 male air travellers. The majority (84 per cent) complained of symptoms while flying and 30 per cent were not aware of any prevention measures. Barotrauma-related symptoms were reported in 25 per cent of air travellers who were unaware of any prevention measures. Nearly all air travellers (86 per cent) indicated that more information regarding prevention measures would be useful. CONCLUSION: Air travellers are often not aware of prevention measures to avoid otic barotrauma, and the majority suffer as a result. Increasing public awareness of simple prevention measures would have a significant impact on air travellers.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherCambridge Journalsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0022215114001145en
dc.titleAir travellers' awareness of the preventability of otic barotraumaen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.typeReviewen
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal of laryngology and otologyen

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