How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Mark Your Own Question
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 11946
Experience:  U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery
Type Your Health Question Here...
Dr. Mark is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

my ears pop when i blow my nose. this has happened on and

Resolved Question:

my ears "pop" when i blow my nose. this has happened on and off over the last few years. i harly ever get colds but i do have alergies. i am 58 year old male in excellent health/condition. (i run, lift, bike, golf, bike).
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
This can be entirely normal.

The reason this occurs is a structure called the eustachian tube, which connects the back of the pharynx (at the back of the throat and nasal passages) to the middle ear.

This structure helps to equalize pressure between the inner ear and the outside world; this is often why you feel the need to "pop" your ears when going up in altitude (driving in the mountains, airplane rides).

When you blow your nose, you are increasing the pressure in the back of the pharynx, and some of this pressure is transmitted back to your ears, causing it to "pop".
Dr. Mark and 4 other Health Specialists are ready to help you

Related Health Questions