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How exactly does sucking on a sweet prevent ears "popping" on the plane?

Question #49131. Asked by gmackematix.
Last updated Dec 11 2016.

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In your ears there are these things called 'Eustachian Tubes' and their job is usually to keep the pressure in your ear equal to the air pressure outside. Sucking on a candy, yawning or chewing gum is a way of helping the eustachian tubes open and equalize the pressure in your ears when the air pressure around you changes suddenly.

Jul 06 2004, 11:59 PM
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I used to think that you were supposed to stick them in your ears.

Jul 07 2004, 8:16 AM
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Here's a link that explains it very clearly. It is about pressure equalisation through the Eustachian Tubes. Apparently the swallowing is what does it (as opposed to sucking or chewing).


Response last updated by satguru on Dec 11 2016.
Aug 23 2012, 9:17 PM
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