Here Are Five Tricks To Help Your Ears Pop After A Flight

TravelandLeisurePublished: April 30, 201818 views
Published: April 30, 2018

Having trouble hearing on a flight can have its advantages - if there are crying babies on board, for example, or a rowdy bucks crowd seated nearby. But what if you’re struggling to pop your ears and get your senses back to normal? First off, why do your ears need popping? The change in air pressure on take-off and landing is what makes your ears feel stuffed up and congested. This happens when the Eustachian tubes that link you middle ear to the back of your throat get blocked. As a result, some people are unable to hear anything while others feel a dull pain.

Rather than wait for that inconvenient, stuffy feeling to go away on its own, you can speed up the process by utilizing safe and natural methods designed to clear your Eustachian tubes and drain the fluids in your ears. These techniques can also come in handy if a cold or sinus infection has your ears blocked hours before a flight, and you want to prevent the potentially painful experience of flying with clogged ears. So, if you have trouble popping your ears on a flight, by following the five tricks below, you should find a solution that suits you:

The Valslava Maneuver - close your mouth, pinch your nostrils together, and blow softly.

The Toynbee Maneuver - pinch your nose and take few sips of water to help you swallow.

Olive Oil or Hydrogen Peroxide - place 3 to 5 drops of lukewarm olive oil or hydrogen peroxide in each ear to help soften and remove earwax.

Warm Compress - warm a washcloth under hot water and apply to your ear for 5 to 10 minutes.

Steaming - boil a pot of water and inhale the steam to help thin the mucus and earwax in your ear.

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