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Need my ears to pop or un-pop!?

By February 29, 2016 - 9:41am
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I just got over a sinus cold, and I went thru 2boxes of Kleenex from blowing my nose. Now my ears are bothering me! I don't feel pressure, I hear just fine, but hearing myself talk, the sound is amplified! I don't know what to do!

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Hello KristenL7650,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. I think this is the result of changing pressure in your Eustachian tubes caused by forcefully blowing of your nose.

The Eustachian tube connects the air filled middle ear space to the throat. It's function is mainly to keep the pressure in the middle ear equalized with pressure in the outside. When the pressure becomes negative with respect to the outside world, the ear drum gets pulled inward. When pressure is positive, the ear drum bows outward.

A valve near the opening into the middle ear allows controls this process. The valve is usually closed, which keeps bacteria and various other things in the mouth and nose from getting into the middle ear.It opens naturally when there is a big pressure difference between the middle ear and nose, such as when you blow your nose.

Kristen, for now, do not do anything other than blow your nose less forcefully. Contact your primary care physician who will advise you or make ask you to go to the office to have your ears examined.

Please keep us updated.

February 29, 2016 - 10:11am
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