What is the best way to make your ears pop when taking off and landing by plane?
Close off your nostrils, keep your mouth closed and try to breathe through the nose. It seems to work for me.
Plug your nose with your hands and act like your blowing your nose. Sometimes that helps. You could also try chewing gum on the airplane. That keeps your mouth opening and keeps your ears popping.
During descent, pressure in the cabin increases rapidly. If the tube that connects the nose and the ear is blocked because of a cold, allergies or sinus problems, it’s difficult to balance the pressure.
Ask the FAs to get you a hot cup, nicely though please and ask ahead of time because much as your FA's are there to help you with that, safety is their primary concern and there are things that they can't do while doing their safety and security checks with the passengers. So, don't be upset. As well, once you hear from the Flight Deck: "Flight Attendants be seated for Take Off/Landing". They must go sit and buckle up. So, again request ahead of time.
Anyhow, back to the topic. Hot cups will help. Hot cups are Styrofoam coffee cups with a paper towel in the bottom and a small amount of very hot water poured into the cup. Hold the cups over your ears. The steam will help the pressure stabilize and ease the pain.
Its a good idea, also to chew candy in your mouth to relieve the pressure, and to open your mouth as if you were yawning...
Hold you nose and blow hard, You may end up splattering the persons on either side of you with bits of brain and prawns in aspic (That's what i had last when i flew AirItalia) but it clears your eardrums a treat.
Chewing gum works for me on take off and landing. In fact that is the only time I chew gum. I could never understand how some people can chew the same piece of gum for hours. However the chewing and breathing at the same time seems to keep my ears clear and I do have a lot of sinus trouble, so there must be something to it.
Yeah chewing gum is your best bet. I occasionally do the hold nose and blow hard, but the last time I did that something was tweaked in my ear, so prob not the safest thing to do.
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Tips on getting your ears to pop. Beyond chewing gum and squeezing your nose and blowing out, what can you do?
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