Avoid Activities With Risk Of Barotrauma
Barotrauma is a special type of trauma caused by sudden changes in pressure. We may not notice it, but humans are typically surrounded by pressures within a certain range. If the air pressure becomes suddenly lower or higher, it can cause an imbalance between internal and external pressure that puts a lot of strain on the ears. The average person typically only notices this when they are flying in a plane and their ears hurt, but for a patient with Pendred syndrome, it is important to pay more attention to changes in pressure. Strong pressure changes can damage the ears and cause more hearing loss. Individuals with Pendred syndrome have reported hearing loss after flying on airplanes, and other activities like scuba diving or having hyperbaric oxygen treatments may not be advisable. Fortunately, it is mostly easy to avoid activities with risk of barotrauma. All it requires is a few changes to travel plans and the avoidance of a few types of hobbies.
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