Behind the Science of Why Ears Pop On Planes

March 26, 2015 9:12 PM

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It makes babies howl inconsolably on flights and sometimes during takeoff or landing I have the urge on the plane to just let myself collapse and do the same. That acute pain of ear pressure doesn't discriminate.

I recently took a flight on the verge of a full-blown cold and my ears just wouldn't freaking pop no matter how wide I yawned or how hard I chewed my gum. A few years ago one of my ears never popped even after a few days on land and morphed into a dull pain that drove me to visit the doctor. It turn...

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