An airline pilot has revealed one of the most common questions he gets that has to do with ear clicking.
There’s nothing more annoying than having to deal with sore ears during a flight.
Blocked ears occur when the plane takes off or begins to descend when the atmospheric pressure changes rapidly.
It may not be as bad for some, but others will find that their Eustachian tube – a narrow passage connected to the middle ear – often cannot respond quickly enough, causing the symptoms of airplane ear.
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US-based Boeing 737 co-pilot Morgan, known for her flight-related content on TikTok, shared a clip explaining why you want your ears popping on a plane.
“Trust me when I say you want your ears to pop,” she began the clip.
“Your popping ears are your body’s way of relieving any pressure that builds up so you don’t have something like a burst eardrum.”
The aviation TikTok star who has more than 12 million likes on his videos, says if the pressure is building up and you’re getting a big sore pop, there are a few things you can do to open your ears a little earlier.
“Yawning, talking, eating, chewing gum, swallowing, really anything that moves your jaw is going to help activate your eustachian tube and open your ears,” she said.
“If none of that works, you can do something called a Valsalva maneuver, which involves pinching your nose and blowing.”
She said not to blow harder if your ears aren’t clearing because “it can lead to bigger problems”.
Morgan said if you’re ever in a situation where the pressure is really on
and your ears just don’t pop, “always travel with Afrin nasal spray”. The alternative in Australia is Drixin.
“It will help open up your sinuses and make it a little easier to open your ears.”
However, she advised to use it sparingly and only get on the ground when needed.
“Don’t plan on having to use it!”