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Prevent popping ears with this tip while flying

December 15, 2011

Valsalva Maneuver

Valsalva Maneuver

Ear-popping pain is one of the hazards of flying and in some cases it can also lead to permanent damage. Earlier, we had recommended some tips on how to prevent your ears from popping; and here’s one more:

You should try the Valsalva manuever, where you close your mouth and pinch your nose shut and exhale forcibly through your nostrils. You’ll hear a “popping” sound and the pressure should be equalized in your ears.

Ear pain also happens while sitting in a car which come down from a steep mountain quickly with the window rolled up. Leave a crack in the window when descending or climbing a steep mountain will help.

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