Ear and vestibular symptoms in train operators after sudden air pressure changes in trains
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
London :BMJ Pub. Group
BMJ case reports. - London, 2008, currens
University of Antwerp
A healthy 31-year-old train operator presented to our occupational health clinic reporting ear aches, headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness and even slight tinnitus. These symptoms first appeared when the patient started operating from a new train cabin. He described a sudden pressure gradient, experienced on some parts of the trajectory, which might have caused these problems. Although the cabins were equipped with a pressure equalising device, this was usually switched off because of the device creating an uncomfortable feeling in the cabin. The literature describes sudden pressure gradients as possible factors for passenger discomfort.