Sinus Pressure – Pop Goes Your Eardrum

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Sinus Pressure – Pop Goes Your Eardrum

A sinus infection or sinusitis can result in headaches, sinus pressure and other symptoms including ear and teeth pain. There are treatments for sinusitis and immediate approaches for the ears. To relieve the ear pressure, 8 ways to pop your ears, include:

      1. Swallowing
      2. Yawning
      3. Valsalva maneuver
      4. Toynbee maneuver
      5. Applying a warm washcloth
      6. Nasal decongestants
      7. Nasal corticosteroids
      8. Ventilation tubes

Two of these specifically address the pressure aspect.

Diagram of the Inner Ear | Chad Ruffin, MD

Image courtesy of Chad Ruffin, MD

In the Valsalva maneuver, the individual should pinch their nostrils closed with their fingers. With the cheeks in a neutral, or pulled in position, they should blow air gently through their nostrils. This process generates pressure in the back of the nose to help open the Eustachian tube, the passageway that connects the throat to the middle ear.

Inserting ventilation tubes, or pressure equalizing (PE) tubes into one or both ears can drain out excess fluid.

While it might be interesting to know the value of the pressure, in this case, the more important aspect is relieving it.

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