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How does chewing gum affect the ears? I heard that it improves your ear health. Is this true?

How does chewing gum affect the ears? I heard that it improves your ear health. Is this true?

Not true: In general, probably doesn't hurt, but surely doesn't help. It can help equalize ear pressure on a plane flight as chewing and swallowing can help open the eustachian tube. I do see a fair number of patients who get ear aches from TMJ caused by gum chewing, though. Enjoy your gum, but certainly don't do it to "improve your ear health." best wishes! ...Read more

Chewing Gum (Definition)

Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more


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Why does chewing gum keep your ears from popping when you're on a plane?

Why does chewing gum keep your ears from popping when you're on a plane?

The movement: And muscle activity helps to keep the Eustachian tubes open thus allowing pressure equalization as altitude changes. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum always help with ear pressure in long flights or is there a better non-medication method?

Will chewing gum always help with ear pressure in long flights or is there a better non-medication method?

Valsalva: Try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more

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I went on a plane ride to florida two weeks ago, my ears have baeen cloged ever since, I have been chewing gum to try to help, doesn't work. L/ear almost no hearing at all, r/one pain under outer ear and blowing blood out nose. Can this be serious or will

I went on a plane ride to florida two weeks ago, my ears have baeen cloged ever since, I have been chewing gum to try to help, doesn't work. L/ear almost no hearing at all, r/one pain under outer ear and blowing blood out nose. Can this be serious or will

I: I think it is more likely that you are having persistent eustachian tube dysfunction. The tubes help equalize the pressure in the middle ears. When you are landing, the pressure in the middle ear is lower than the surrounding pressure, and that actually pulls (sucks) the eustachian tubes closed and equalization is harder. Persistent inflammation can make this last for weeks. Occasioanlly nasl steroids, antihistamines (if worsened by allergy), decongestants can help--mostly just a matter of time. If it is not getting better after 4-6 weeks or if it gets worse, see a doctor. A hole in the ear drum is possible, but usually peopl complain of pressure and severe pain, followed by a pop/rupture and the pai lessens. This could also cause some hearing loss. Most of these also resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Hi is chewing gum before take off and landing good for ear ache problems due to pressure?

Hi is chewing gum before take off and landing good for ear ache problems due to pressure?

Yes: It helps to prevent the build up or decrease in middle ear pressure by the swallowing action which opens the eustacian tube. That tube is located in the nasopharynx and is responsible for equilibrating the middle ear barometric pressure with that of the ambient environment provided you do not have tubes or ruprture of your tympanic membrane. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with the flu on Monday, the last 2 hours both my ears sound like im under water. Tried chewing gum and tried poping them. What can I do?

Diagnosed with the flu on Monday, the last 2 hours both my ears sound like im under water. Tried chewing gum and tried poping them. What can I do?

EUSTACHIAN TUBE: THIS IS DUE TO FLUID IN YOUR MIDDLE EAR. YOUR EUSTACHIAN TUBE THAT RUNS BETWEEN YOUR EAR AND NOSE IS SWOLLEN CAUSING FLUID TO BUILD UP. IT WILL TAKE A FEW WEEKS TO GO AWAY. NASACORT (triamcinolone) AQ IS NOW AVAILABLE WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION AND CAN HELP DECREASE THE SWELLING AND THEREFOR HELP YOUR SYMPTOMS ...Read more

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I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do? Word2

Try nose spray: You may want to try a nasal decongestant like afrin or neosynephrine for 3 days as directed. There is a tube between the inside of the ear and the back of the nose which gets swollen when you are sick with a cold, etc. The sprays can help sometimes decrease swelling and open up the ears and help you pop them gently. You can also take a pill decongestant which might help. ...Read more

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About 4 hours ago I bit my tongue really hard while chewing gum. My ear began to hurt on a pain scale of 8/10. I still have an earache, why?

About 4 hours ago I bit my tongue really hard while chewing gum. My ear began to hurt on a pain scale of 8/10. I still have an earache, why?

Stop chewing: Tmj or TemperomandibularJoint joint problemS can be initiated by gum chewing
You can have what feels like ear pain but is the joint
See a periodontist to get rid of your pain problem ...Read more

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3 weeks my voice has become more enhance in my ears., left ear makes my voice go in and out. Chewing gum seems to pop it. However, the loud noises of voice remains in ears. I have avoided social interactions because I focus on loud voice sound.

3 weeks my voice has become more enhance in my ears., left ear makes my voice go in and out. Chewing gum seems to pop it. However, the loud noises of voice remains in ears. I have avoided social interactions because I focus on loud voice sound.

S. O. M: There is a fluid in the middle ear and sound is enhanced during chewing, if there is an infection or imbalance sounds can become enhanced. This condition appears to be Serous Otittus Media and is most often caused by blocked Eustacean tube. Can be treated with antibiotics and decongestant. ...Read more

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I was chewing gum and after a little while the left side of my throat started to itch, same with my left ear. I'm I allergic to gum? PS happenedbefore

I was chewing gum and after a little while the left side of my throat started to itch, same with my left ear. I'm I allergic to gum? PS happenedbefore

Definite possibility: If this happens repeatedly, and/or with a specific brand/flavor of gum I think it would be safe to make the assumption you may have a mild allergy to it. Depending on how long you've experienced this and if you can narrow it down to more specifics and reoccurence, I would either just make a rule to avoid that gum, OR you could choose to have a specialist take a look at you as well (ENT) for opinion ...Read more

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When I chew gum too long, my ear pops and it hurts. Why does this happen?

When I chew gum too long, my ear pops and it hurts. Why does this happen?

TMJ: Chewing gum is bad for the TMJ (joint).
The longer you chew gum the harder it becomes and the harder you chew which
adversely effects the tmj.
Don't chew it as long. ...Read more

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When I swallow or chew gum, my ears click. Is this normal?

When I swallow or chew gum, my ears click. Is this normal?

Ear vs TMJ: Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises. Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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My ears are clogged I try to yawn chew gum it won't work I hear crackling sounds I use a tip to wax my ears time to time but still clog any suggestion?

My ears are clogged I try to yawn chew gum it won't work I hear crackling sounds I use a tip to wax my ears time to time but still clog any suggestion?

Wax or otitis: It is due to wax tou need to remove the wax. Otc wax removal work, but if not is better to see a health professional to remove the wax. If it is otitis you need a physician to take a look. ...Read more

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My mastoid bones been hurting for a while...My ear is ok, no plane. Trip, I do. Chew. Gum all the time. Could this pain mean something serious?

My mastoid bones been hurting for a while...My ear is ok, no plane. Trip, I do. Chew. Gum all the time. Could this pain mean something serious?

TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. Stop chewing gum. This is a major source of TMJ dysfunction. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help. ...Read more

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Today I am having pain in my left jaw when I chew food or gum and also the pain radiates up into my left ear at the same time. There is no swelling.?

Today I am having pain in my left jaw when I chew food or gum and also the pain radiates up into my left ear at the same time. There is no swelling.?

See an ENT doctor: If you are having jaw pain with chewing that radiates to the same ear, I would go to see and ENT doctor for a check. Throat, mouth or neck pain can radiate to the same sided ear through arnold's nerve. The pain radiating there makes sense, but the pain should be checked out! ...Read more

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My jaws hurt when I chew hard food and gum is it because I have a bad tooth in my mouth why my ear and neck hurt more on that right side please?

My jaws hurt when I chew hard food and gum is it because I have a bad tooth in my mouth why my ear and neck hurt more on that right side please?

Get it checked: If your jaw is hurting on one side it could mean you have a bad tooth referring pain to your jaw and you could have a responding swollen/sore lymph node in your neck. Or if your clenching your jaw at night it could make your jaw hurt. Can involve cheek and neck muscles as well. Have dds check for infection on the affected side and have him check for signs of night clenching/grinding. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been experiencing ear pressure, nose pressure, and forehead headaches for week now. ENT said chew gum and drink water but not helping. Recommendation?

Been experiencing ear pressure, nose pressure, and forehead headaches for week now. ENT said chew gum and drink water but not helping. Recommendation?

Try OTC meds: You probably have sinus headaches. If you have fever also, pl go to an urgent care center to get a prescription for antibiotic. Otherwise try OTC antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec for a couple of weeks and if still symptomatic, pl follow up with your ENT for some imaging studies for the sinuses. ...Read more

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I chewed a piece of mint gum for mostly all of today and a good portion of yesterday. Now my ear aches. Could these two be connected?

I chewed a piece of mint gum for mostly all of today and a good portion of yesterday. Now my ear aches. Could these two be connected?

Soreness: Place your fingers just in front of your ears and open and close your mouth. You should be pressing on the temporomandibular joint. Are you surprised your ear hurts? ...Read more

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Sore left head temple. It only hurts to touch or when I chew gum. I exercised yesterday and woke up with left temple being sore. No other sympytoms?

Sore left head temple. It only hurts to touch or when I chew gum. I exercised yesterday and woke up with left temple being sore. No other sympytoms?

Temporal arteritis?: Until proved otherwise. It can happen at your age. I suspect there is a different explanation, but a visit to your physician is in order. The tenderness and the pain on chewing ("jaw claudication") will be familiar to all healthtap physicians as warnings. ...Read more

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I have gum pain, headche and ear pain. What illness that I have? Its already almost a year

I have gum pain, headche and ear pain. What illness that I have? Its already almost a year

Dental Issues: So hard to say exactly what your problem (s) might be, but certainly a visit to your local dentist can determine if your teeth and gums need treatment. ...Read more