Why Do My Ears Keep Popping?

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The most common reason for popping in the ears is a dysfunction of the eustachian tube, which equalizes pressure behind the eardrum. Find out how colds, allergies or sinus disorders can cause ears to pop with help from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Jack Shohet. I'm here to talk about, why the ears continue to pop. The most common reason for popping in the ears, is a dysfunction of the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube equalizes pressure behind your eardrum, with the outside world, and when the eustachian tube is not working properly, you can get this popping sensation in the ear. Now, the eustachian tube has the same type of lining, as that in your nose. Anything that affects your nose, can affect your eustachian tubes, and the most common conditions that affect the nose and the eustachian tubes, are things like a cold, allergies, such as hay fever, or chronic sinus disorders, can lead to the ears feeling like they need to be popped, so treating those underlying causes, are really the best way to pop your ears. In terms of trying to blow air up through your eustachian tube, and pop the ears, I don't think that's necessarily a very safe way to do it.

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