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    When I was a kid I used to fly quite a bit traveling between my parents. This was way back when pressurized cabins aren't what they are today. Instead of holding my nose and blowing I finally got to where I could flex the muscles in my neck and jaw, actually jutting my jaw forward and then flexing the muscles in my neck. It immediately opens the eustacean tubes and equalizes the pressure. Should give you something to fool with the next couple of hours. LOL Works for me. Eventually when you get used to feeling the muscles flex you can do it without the jaw jutting.
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    I have done this all my life for my left ear. I can hear much better afterward, and even if I swallow or chew gum, I can still hear louder for quite a while. I don't really notice exactly when I need to do it again, so I guess the pressure in my middle ear goes down very gradually. If I yawn it also does the same thing sometimes. When descending in an airplane, I do it frequently, which helps a lot.
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    I recently had a Cholosteotoma removed and the surgeon told me to never pop my ears if I could help it. He even said to sneeze with my mouth open into a hanky or tissue. Im not sure if he meant that because I had surgery or for any reason.

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    Zip,
    I recently broke my back and several ribs and found out that sneezing with my mouth open took away most of the force of the sneeze relieving most of the pain a normal sneeze would cause. I also found out that only standing on one leg relieved even more force from a sneeze. When you have a broken back and broken ribs you look for anything to relieve the pain of a sneeze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zip View Post
    I recently had a Cholosteotoma removed and the surgeon told me to never pop my ears if I could help it. He even said to sneeze with my mouth open into a hanky or tissue. Im not sure if he meant that because I had surgery or for any reason.
    It's good advice for everybody: all you end up doing otherwise is forcing bacteria into your middle ear cavity and putting unnecessary pressure on your eardrums.
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