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Why do my ears pop when I train hard?

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Why do my ears pop when I train hard?

When your ears pop, it means you're experiencing a change in air pressure within your middle ear.

It commonly happens in airplanes, where the rapid change in altitude (and thus air pressure) when taking off or landing alters inner-ear pressure. It can also happen during intense exercise, when you're working hard.

When you exercise intensely, your breathing can be shortened. If you hold your breath by accident, for example, the inhaled air, needing a place to escape, travels backwards up through the ear tubes. This is when you may feel that initial clog in your ears, or experience muffled hearing.

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When your ears pop, it means you're experiencing a change in air pressure within your middle ear.

It commonly happens in airplanes, where the rapid change in altitude (and thus air pressure) when taking off or landing alters inner-ear pressure. It can also happen during intense exercise, when you're working hard.

 The American Academy of Otolaryngology explains that air pockets get caught in the middle ears. The ear's Eustachian tube is responsible for ventilating, regulating and equalizing air pressure. The tube runs from the back of the nose to the middle ear space (within the skull) and is controlled by the muscles in the back of the throat.

When you exercise intensely, your breathing can be shortened. If you hold your breath by accident, for example, the inhaled air, needing a place to escape, travels backwards up through the ear tubes. This is when you may feel that initial clog in your ears, or experience muffled hearing.

Swallowing causes the Eustachian tube to open and release the trapped air. Or, hold your nose and blow.

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