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I can make my ears pop voluntarily without moving. It's addicting like popping your knuckles. Will this damage my ears?

I can make my ears pop voluntarily without moving. It's addicting like popping your knuckles. Will this damage my ears?

No: The ear tympanum can become weak from overuse and poor nutrition. Occasional dehydration can also permit as popping noise against the small bones behind the tympanum. Eat good quality oils and fats and stay well hydrated, especially when changing elevation. This should lessen the urge and loosen the knuckles a bit too. ...Read more

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Wondering why won't my ears 'pop' and unclog? Any tricks?

Wondering why won't my ears 'pop' and unclog? Any tricks?

ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble equalizing the pressure in your middle ear. This often creates a fullness, like you want to pop or clear your ears. It is called eustachian tube dysfunction (etd). Decongestant either sprayed into the nose or taken orally can alleviate this problem. Sometimes your doctor needs to examine this and treat with other rx if no success with otc rx. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my ears pop all the time?

Pressure Equalizing: When your ears pop, they are equalizing the pressure within your middle ear to the atmosphere. ...Read more

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Why is it that my ears pop when I lift weights?

Why is it that my ears pop when I lift weights?

Breathe...: Your ears are probably popping because you're holding your breath during your reps, increasing pressure in the nasopharyngeal area. Breathe. Breathe!! Breathe out when moving the weight and inhale when bringing the weight back to the resting position. ...Read more

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Why do my ears pop after sex?

Why do my ears pop after sex?

Ears pop with sex: Having sex is all about blood flowing with tissues swelling during stimulation. Release of adrenaline during sex causes constriction of blood vessels. This leads to opening of the eustachian tubes. This leads to the ears popping. Also, more rapid breathing and staining, may cause the eustachian tubes to open up during sex. ...Read more

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Can our ears pop on a train in a tunnel?

Can our ears pop on a train in a tunnel?

Yes: That is possible — due to equalizing pressure in the ear. ...Read more

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When I yawn my ears pop and it sometimes hurts. Why is this?

When I yawn my ears pop and it sometimes hurts. Why is this?

Eutachian tube: Dysfuntion. The vetilating tube to the ear is blocked. ...Read more

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Ears pop when I swallow, should I be concerned?

Ears pop when I swallow, should I be concerned?

No: Not to worry — this is just because ear pressure is being equalized. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my ears pop whenever I swallow?

Why might it be that my ears pop whenever I swallow?

Ears Popping: The eustacian tubes open up as needed to keep the pressure normal behind the eardrums. The muscles uses to do this are also associated with swallowing. Sometimes when you swallow, these muscle will open the eustacian tubes, causing the popping. ...Read more

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Do your ears pop when doing a sinus rinse?

Do your ears pop when doing a sinus rinse?

They certainly can: When using the sinus rinse, it is common for the irrigation fluid to contact the nasal end of the Eustachian tube, which can pop the ears. Some people can feel fluid in the tube and even feel it in the ear. If this is especially uncomfortable, try spraying the rinse less vigorously or changing the angle that you hold the bottle. ...Read more

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Why do my ears "pop" when I am weight lifting?

Why do my ears "pop" when I am weight lifting?

Due to an increase-: -in abdominal pressure, & they pop due to them equlizing the pressure, just the opposite of a scuba divers do 2 equalize 2 the outside increase water pressure. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Why do my ears pop when I exhale through my nose?

Why do my ears pop when I exhale through my nose?

Eustachian tube: Likely the eustachian tube opening. If it troubles you, may represent eustachian tube dysfunction. See an ENT doc. ...Read more

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Why do your ears pop or plug up after a head cold?

Why do your ears pop or plug up after a head cold?

Eustachian tube: When you get a head cold, you get inflammation in your upper airways. This includes in the back of the nose. This is where the eustachian tube (et) empties out — the tube you usually use to pop your ears. With a cold, you can get fluid behind the ear drum which can't drain out through an inflamed et. Even without frank fluid, you can get abnormal pressure behind the drum that can't normalize. ...Read more

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My ears pop every time I swallow, what could be wrong?

Serous otitis: You probably have fluid build-up behind the ear drum, caused by inflammation of the back of the throat/sinuses keeping your ears from opening up and draining properly — then when negative pressure of swallowing "pulls" on it, your ear "pops" open and releases a little fluid/pressure. If it's gone on for more than a couple weeks, see your doctor to confirm and discuss treatments. ...Read more

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My ears pop when I swallow? Been like this for 10 years or more. What could it be?

Normal: A person whose ears pop for ten years without development of any disease is experiencing normal physiology. I sure hope so! My ears have been popping on swallowing for more than 50 years. ...Read more

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Why do my ears pop when I have a cold sounds like cringling chips I do have hydrocephalus?

Ears pop: Blocked ears with a cold is common. Try open mouth yawning.
Enzymes such as papain and bromelain reduce swelling of the eustachian tube and can help here. ...Read more

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Will Mucinex (guaifenesin) make your ears pop?

Will Mucinex (guaifenesin) make your ears pop?

Possibly: If mucus is blocking bottom of Eustacian Tube, preventing pressure from equalizing — than extruding that mucus might allow the ears to pop as pressure equalizes. ...Read more

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Everytime I yawn my ears pop but I have to hold my nose and suck inwards for them to go normal again?

Everytime I yawn my ears pop but I have to hold my nose and suck inwards for them to go normal again?

Ventillation problem: You are having a dysfunction of your eustachian tube, the tube from the middle ear to the back of the throat. This tube allows equalization of the pressure in the middle ear and drains fluid and mucous. You may have allergies or a viral infeciton. If this has been going on for some time, see your pcp, allergist or ENT doctor. Further evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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Hello! I'm a teen and I'm not sick this has been happening for a while every time I blow my nose my ears pop and it hurts...

Hello! I'm a teen and I'm not sick this has been happening for a while every time I blow my nose my ears pop and it hurts...

More likely pressure: You likely had an unnoticed closure of your eustachian tube that reopened to allow some air into your middle ear space. But this should not produce continuing pain. An office exam can separate the issues that will self correct vs the possibility of an ear infection that needs treatment. ...Read more

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When my ears pop the room spins visually and I completely lose balance. What could this be? It started two years ago and time I blew my nose too hard.

Don'tDriveIfYouGetIt: Now, you don't mean to say that you've been stumbling around like this for the last two years, right? Driving. Swimming. Bathing. Changing the tiles on your roof? Anyway, it's due to an imbalance in the inner ear. In your case you blew air into it. If you still get those symptoms, blowing your nose or not, get yourself checked by an ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Everytime I sniff my ears clog & I have to open my jaw so they will but even by opening my jaw my ears pop/clog. What is going on? I do it constantly!

Everytime I sniff my ears clog & I have to open my jaw so they will but even by opening my jaw my ears pop/clog. What is going on? I do it constantly!

Eustachian tube: This sounds like eustachian tube dysfunction which is responsible for equalizing pressure in your middle ear with the atmospheric pressure outside. Use an otc antihistamine containing a decongestant for 2 weeks to see if this helps. If not se and ear, nose, and throat doctor. ...Read more