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Mark,
I found this online. Might help.

You should also learn the technique known as a Valsalva maneuver, which equalizes air pressure within the ears. To perform the Valsalva maneuver, simply hold your nose closed and attempt to exhale with a closed mouth. You'll hear, and feel, a faint "popping" (or sometimes a high-pitched noise, if you're congested) in the ears when you do this successfully.
A product developed for Air Force pilots can also provide relief to those with blocked Eustachian tubes. Called "Ear Planes," these ear plugs protect the eardrum from rapid or large ambient changes in pressure by allowing the pressure changes to take place slowly through a passage in the ear plugs. This slowing of the rate of pressure change minimizes the difference in pressure across the ear drum.
Mark,
Great to see you using SameBoat, although the irony of using same ‘boat’ to discuss issues on the plane aren’t lost on me!
I know what u mean about the headaches though. For me it’s worst on take off and descent. I take it you’ve tried chewing something. Sounds like that would be a bit light on for the severity of your problem.
Our whole family has struggled with sinus problems. I’m sorry I don’t have any real answers for u but hopefully someone in the same boat will have something that works (for us both).
Take care.