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A 37-year-old member asked:

My ears pop when i swallow and yawn. why is this?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
This happens: because your ears are equalizing pressure.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ears pop: That is a way for the ears to keep pressure even, very normal.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my ears pop when I swallow and yawn?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It's ok: This is because your ear pressure is being equalized.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Could use your help docs! my ears pop when i swallow and yawn?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lonnie Smith
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Normal: That is your eustachian tube. The muscles around the tube pull on it when you swallow or yawn. If there is some swelling or inflammation from cold or allergies the tube may cause popping in your ear when you swallow and yawn.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why do my ears pop when i swallow during a cold?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Congestion can: Put pressure against the eustachian tube (which drains from the ear and empties into the throat). This allows pressure to build in your ear. Swallowing helps to release some of that pressure - thus a pop.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Ears pop when i swallow, should I be concerned?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: Not to worry - this is just because ear pressure is being equalized.

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Last updated Apr 18, 2018

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