What causes my ears to pop?

Ear popping is caused by the Eustachian tube, which normally equalizes pressure between the inner ear and the throat. When the Eustachian tube is dysfunctional due to a cold, allergies or change in altitude such as during a plane ride, the ear can pop as pressure is released and air is forced out.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When your ears pop, it’s your body’s way of preventing a ruptured ear drum when the pressure inside your ear is drastically different from the outside.

The fix: Hold your nose and close your mouth, and blow gently. As long as you’re careful and gentle, it’s not harmful to your body, and will help regulate the pressure in your ear.

Ear popping is a sensation that nearly everyone has experienced at one time or another. Watch as Dr. Oz explains why ears pop in this video.

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