A flight attendant has gone viral on TikTok for sharing the one item she never forgets to take on the plane

  • A Flight attendant went viral on TikTok for sharing a device that helps open his ears on planes.
  • She told Insider that she never boarded a flight without the Eustachi, an eustachian tube exerciser.

All of CiCi’s work revolves around flight.

As a flight attendant, she is constantly on board planes, in the air. Cici, who asked Insider to omit her full name for privacy reasons, explained that about two years ago she started having ear problems on flights. (Insider verified her employment as a flight attendant with a major US airline.)

“It just kept getting worse,” she told Insider.

That’s when she discovered a device called Eustachi that helps open your ears, she said. Recently, she talked about it on her TikTok account @cici_inthesky, and her video has been viewed over 1.4 million times. The comments section filled with notes from painfully sharing subscribers ear stories and interest in the device.

@cici_inthesky Another product recommendation from a flight attendant. Go to the CVS site for more details #cvs #flightattendanthacks #travelwithkids #airplanehack #travelproducts ♬ original sound – CICi

Why your ears can get clogged during flights

When an airplane takes off, passengers experience a rapid change in atmospheric pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, pain in your ears occurs when the air pressure in your middle ear is out of balance with the surrounding air pressure.

Your eustachian tube, which is a passageway that connects your throat and middle ear, will attempt to open and equalize your eardrums, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Sometimes this tube has trouble opening, making your ears feel clogged and sometimes causing pain. This often happens to children and infants, who find it difficult to open their ears because their eustachian tube is small. In adults, if you happen to have a cold or congestion, this can also block the tube, according to the Mayo Clinic.

CiCi said her allergies kept her from covering her ears. She tried other tricks, like plugging her nose and blowing, swallowing, and chewing gum, but nothing seemed to work.

She said she eventually went to see a doctor, who prescribed a device that would blow air through her nose and into her eustachian tube. It cost $290 with insurance, so looking for a more affordable option, CiCi said they found the Eustachi, a similar product that sells for $60.

“I bought it, took my next flight and it totally worked,” she said.

The device pumps air into your eustachian tube

CiCi said the Eustachi is simple to use: you plug one nostril, hold the device up to your other nostril, press the button and swallow at the same time.

The Eustachi website explains that this process uses air as well as the body’s natural exercise movement to open the eustachian tubes.

CiCi said she always tries other methods of opening the eustachian tube first, such as swallowing, yawning, sipping water and chewing gum. But if all else fails, she catches her Eustachi.

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