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Why do your ears pop when you're on an airplane (and how can you stop it)?

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Brandy Sipes
December 06, 2019 7:31PM

Your ears pop because of the difference in pressure between the air inside your ear and the air outside. As you get higher up, the air is less dense, meaning there’s less air pressure pushing on your eardrum from the outside and more pressure on it from the inside. The ear regulates its internal pressure through structures called the eustachian tubes, and when these tubes open and allow outside air into the ear, we experience that as a pop.

With that in mind, you don’t want to stop your ears from popping; rather, you want to encourage it.

Tricks to avoid uncomfortable pressure on your eardrum include anything that encourages frequent swallowing, like chewing gum. Yawning also helps. Or, you could try something called the Valsalva maneuver, which entails holding your nose shut, closing your mouth, and gently blowing, as if you were blowing your nose.

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Mehul Raj Garg
December 17, 2019 12:39PM
ears pops when we are in airplane because airplane flies in stratosphere and there is low air pressure in stratosphere
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Avishi Mehta
December 21, 2019 4:53AM
You can stop it by chewing gum, eating hard candy, or covering your ears. It's caused by the difference between the air inside you and the air outside
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Bubbles
December 19, 2019 1:05PM
Your ears pop cause you have styrofoam in your ears that they put when you get on the plane
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