My wife and I took a trip last year to Jamaica. Our flight to Kingston was fine, but flying home was ***l on her ears. We got home with her ears completely full and mildly painful.
Soon after we had to drive through mountains (twice), at which time her ears became even more filled and painful.
For the last year (11 months), her ear has been continuously filled. She cannot relieve the pressure in the ear. Decongestants, antihistamines (even in prescription doses) do not help her at all. She even tried "ear candling" after many months of no help, which did not help either.
One peculiar thing is that she notices it gets worse when she eats foods to which she is sensitive. For instance, corn or wheat will make her ear get painful, not just full. But it is always full regardless.
She is considering getting tubes in her ears, but I'm not sure this is the best answer thus far. Has anyone else had a condition such as this, where one case of barotitis media has caused long-term issues with the ear? Long term, as in a year?