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5 ways to 'unclog' your ears on a flight

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Many people have experienced the uncomfortable sensation of having their ears plug up during a flight. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, it has to do with the eustachian tube, a channel in our ear that stabilizes pressure between our two ears.

As we ascend or descend while flying, the change in altitude affects the eustachian tube's ability to regulate that pressure. Sometimes the change in pressure causes the eustachian tube to collapse, which creates that blocked sensation.

This means the key to relieving that feeling is to reopen to the eustachian tube so it can equalize the pressure. Thankfully, you don't have to wait until you arrive at your destination to make that happen.

Click through the slideshow to see the five ways to pop your ears while you're still in the air.



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