For boaters on a long voyage, dehydration can be a serious problem. But did you know that it also affects your ability to pop, or "equalize", your ears?
Keep in mind that there are some medical complications that can make it hard for you to pop your ears. Upper respiratory tract infections, hay fever, allergies, cigarette smoking, snorting drugs, or a deviated nasal septum can all compromise your ability to relieve the pressure in your ears. If you suffer from any of these conditions, try each of the techniques listed below to find the one that works best you.
When done properly, these simple techniques are safe and effective for both middle-ear and sinus issues in healthy people. Each one is slightly different so you may want to try more than one in order to find the one that works best you.
It usually only takes a few tries to equalize your ears. If you start to experience ear pain, or if you still can't relieve the pressure after two weeks, consult a physician. There may be an underlying condition that's causing the clogged feeling in your ears.
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