I was afraid that one of the pilots would say, that the one thing that really helped them was to close their eyes during landing.
On a serious note: just always have something with you to chew, which make you swallow, and therefor unblock your ears. For really young children, it is handy to bring with you a package of apple juice. It makes them to swallow, leading to the same result.
I can totally relate! I think it's the PLANE, some airlines don't give me that problem... I'm thinking some planes don't have the same "Cabin Pressure thing", excuse, I don't know what to call it. I was so surprised after taking one international flight, that I didn't have the same problem.
I would really get my seat because of the pain. What scares me the most is that if my eardrums will pop out! I wish there was a DOCTOR on the plane, who could tell me to calm down and that no has ever had their eardrum pop in an airplane. Has there been anyone??? The worry makes the pain worst. And then it would hours and sometimes days before it my ears get better. But it is really the plane's cabin pressure system. I tried to save money, so I chose the same airlines, and it was a big mistake.
I asked the flight attendant, if they have INHALERS, and they don't. BUT THEY SHOULD, they need it more than parachutes.
Chew gum. That's the best thing. It really works!