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my ears keep poping

By Anonymous October 19, 2010 - 7:05am
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Can you provide us with more information, including what precipitates the popping, if you are experiencing pain, or have any other medical conditions?

In the meantime, you can read about ear popping (called "barotrauma") causes and risk factors at: http://www.empowher.com/condition/ear-popping/definition

Here is an excerpt:
The following factors increase your chance of developing barotrauma:
* Congested nose from allergies or colds
* Congenital (present before birth) blockage of the eustachian tubes
* Smoker
* Age: children and older adults
o Eustachian tubes in children are smaller and more likely to become blocked.
* Damaged eustachian tube, caused by scarring or a tumor
* Obstructions in the ear
* Cleft palate or lip—may affect balance of pressure in the middle ears
* Holding your breath while diving
* Deeper dives
* Long amounts of time spent underwater diving
* Repeated dives within 24 hours
* Flying in an airplane after diving
* Rapid climb to the surface when diving
* Fatigue
* Dehydration
* Cold water
* Obesity
* Ill-fitting equipment used for scuba diving
* Congenital (present before birth) blockage or narrowing of the sinus drainage system

October 19, 2010 - 12:45pm
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