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Why does blowing your nose cause plugged ears?

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Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Plugged ears

This is a great question and it really addresses the normal anatomy of the nose and ears.
The middle ear and nose are directly connected by way of a tube called the eustachian tube. When you blow your nose, air is forced into the nose and up the eustachian tube. This will cause an increase in pressure in the middle ear, which will quickly dissipate with swallowing.

In brief: Plugged ears

This is a great question and it really addresses the normal anatomy of the nose and ears.
The middle ear and nose are directly connected by way of a tube called the eustachian tube. When you blow your nose, air is forced into the nose and up the eustachian tube. This will cause an increase in pressure in the middle ear, which will quickly dissipate with swallowing.
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