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The Reason Why Your Ears Pop When You Are In An Airplane
By Yap Yen, 02 Feb 2016
Ever wonder why rapid ascents and descents on airplanes cause our ears to pop?
Audiologist and clinical associate professor from NYU Langone, William H. Shapiro explains that it has to do with pressure and the Eustachian tube, a pressure releasing valve that connects your middle ear to the back of your throat.
The pop that you generally hear is the opening of the Eustachian tube. When on a rapid descent or ascent on an airplane, your Eustachian tube might not have time to balance the pressure and when it finally does, you might hear a pop. The video also warns against holding your nose and blowing, encouraging viewers to swallow instead.
Watch the video below for more information about popping your ears.
[via Business Insider]
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