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Old 01-01-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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Pinching nose and blowing won't work at all

I've had issues with my ears for as long as I can remember, though nothing has ever been diagnosed. I have a hard time hearing compared to others and the decent on airplanes is terrible. Even the special ear plugs don't work. I also have TMJ, if that could be the cause of some of this.

I've heard pinching your nose and trying to blow out is a guaranteed way to pop ears, but when I try, my ears get stuffed, making it very hard to hear, and it feels like it's about to burst. And I can blow until I'm very lightheaded and it won't pop.

Any advice? Is this a symptom of something bigger?

 
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Re: Pinching nose and blowing won't work at all

First of all, be really careful about pinching your nose and blowing - it can actually cause more damage than good if you're not very gentle when you do it.

I found this on the ENTNET website: If yawning and swallowing are not effective, unblock your ears as follows:
* Step 1: Pinch your nostrils shut.
* Step 2: Take a mouthful of air.
* Step 3: Using your cheek and throat muscles, force the air into the back of your nose as if you were trying to blow your thumb and fingers off your nostrils.

* When inflating your ears, you should not use force. The proper technique involves only pressure created by your check and throat muscles.
You might try taking an oral decongestant (pseuodephedrine) right before you get on a plane? Decongestant sprays like Afrin also work well as long as you only use them occasionally (they will cause a rebound effect and actually make the swelling worse if you use them consistently for more than a day or two - once in a while when you fly shouldn't be a problem thought).

Things like TMJ, allergies and sinus problems can all cause your ears to be blocked because they cause inflammation that keeps the Eustachian tube (which is a narrow opening that helps equalize pressure and airflow in your ears) from opening and equalizing the pressure.

Have you been to an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist to have them check out your ears and be sure there's not something else going on in there?

Last edited by gcsjr; 01-01-2008 at 05:54 AM. Reason: Need reference

 
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