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Ask AI: When traveling in a plane, what frequency pops our ears?


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Question: When traveling in a plane, what frequency pops our ears?

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Actually, it's not frequency that makes your ears "pop" when you're on a plane. The popping sensation is your body’s way of keeping the air pressure the same on both sides of your eardrum. As the airplane changes altitude, there are changes in the atmospheric pressure, which can create a pressure difference between the middle ear and the cabin of the plane. This difference can block the Eustachian tubes in your ears. These tubes connect your middle ear to the back of your throat and they allow air to move in and out to keep the pressure equalized. But if the tubes are blocked, pressure builds up and causes discomfort or pain. Swallowing or yawning can often help "pop" your ears as this action can open the Eustachian tubes, allowing the pressure to balance.

Answered by gpt-4

Feb. 25, 2024, 9:07 a.m.

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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2024

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