Do your ears pop when you're flying on an airplane? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone. Also known as barotrauma or barotitus media, the sensation of ears popping is a common phenomenom among airplane travelers.
Any time there are changes in air pressure, such as riding in an airplane, or driving up a steep hill, the middle ear works to equalize the change of air pressure in the ears.
There is a difference of air pressure on either side of the ear drum in the eustachian tube, which leads to the middle ear. Because air pressure is vulnerable to changes, the middle ear and eustachian tube cause the ears to feel pressure. The popping sensation is caused when air pressure is equalized in the ears.
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