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    Last time I flew I nearly died because of my ears :'(
    The pain and pressure was so bad. Anyway, knew there was something wrong like wax buildup and went to the doctors and ended up having to have them syringed. I seem to get quite a bit trouble with them and think I got some more wax built up but I used these ear drops the other day that fiz a bit in your ear and meant to get rid of the wax but I dont think I used them regularly enough and now I can just feel a bit of the stuff still in there but they still feel blocked up.
    I really don't want that intense pain tomorrow so wondered if anyone can suggest some last minute solutions?
    Thanks.
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    Well theres the tried and tested holding your nose and making them pop that way... I swear by chewing gum though, always works for me
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    Try and clean them as well as you possibly can.

    Then, practise various popping techniques, like:
    - swallowing
    - holding your nose and *trying* to blow out
    - sucking on a sweet [or something else :hubba:]
    - yawning

    Try to stay as well hydrated as possible, too.

    My ears always pop an insane amount whenever flying and it hasn't improved over the years, despite doing a lot of flying.

    Best of luck, I know how much it hurts
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    Like others have said, sucking on a sweet and 'popping' your ears are benefitial.

    Oh and Lol, I had the image of Dumbo in my head when I read the title. =p
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    Oooooooooooh listen. I had EXACTLY that, I swear I was CRYING because it hurt soooo much once. Basically, get some cough sweets, and as the plane's taking off/landing, suck them. Just keep sucking, don't stop. I know that sounds stupid but I PROMISE it works. It will stop the pain sooo much. Just do this, I mean it.
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    (Original post by Keni)
    Like others have said, sucking on a sweet and 'popping' your ears are benefitial.

    Oh and Lol, I had the image of Dumbo in my head when I read the title. =p
    Haha, so did I!
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    The pain isn't usually caused because of external ear wax, but because of internal blockages in your Eustachian tubes. Your Eustachian tubes are basically tubes that go from the back of your ear, down to the back of your throat. If you have had a cold recently, or have hay fever, or anything that bungs your head up a bit, then your Eustachian tubes can get blocked, stopping your ears from adapting to the change in cabin pressure.

    The muscle structures around the back of your throat don't help you open these tubes much, but that's what you need to try and do. Professional aircrew who get this will try yawning because that flexes the back of the throat and may open the tubes, which relieves the pressure. Otherwise, sucking a boiled sweet and swallowing hard may open the tubes up and equalise the pressure.
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    Take some hard sweets to suck, like Werther's Originals or anything else that lasts a long time- on some of the flights I have been on they give you some sweets anyway before take off.
    I know you can't get them syringed before you go, but keep them clean (not by sticking anything in like a cotton bud though) just wipe around the edge and then keep using your eardrops where possible before you go.
 
 
 
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