Ears Popping While Running?

Whenever I run a 5k, I'm finding that my ears start to pop part way through. It makes everything louder, including my breathing, and is extremely distracting. One website mentioned dehydration as a factor, another said something about blood pressure...does anyone know about it? Thanks!

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tgordon46 years ago
Oh my gosh! This happens to me EVERY TIME I Play basketball it's extremely annoying and I get frustrated. I looked around several websites and they all seem to point to dehydration...so I plan on drinking more BEFORE and after practice. I hope your ear gets better haha and wish me luck;)
Indeed. Have you tried altering how forcefully you breath? Or redirecting it through the nose of nose and mouth in combonation ?
skunkbait9 years ago
That used to happen to me (like 20 years ago when I actually ran). You might try the "equalizing" move scuba divers use. Hold your nose and try to exhale through it. It'll pop pretty loud but then may stop the problem.
This has happened to me for years and drives me crazy! I've been to the doc and got the Eustachian tube dysfunction diagnosis, but I do not feel this is the problem as it only happens under certain conditions. After trying to self diagnose, this is what I have found. hydration, hydration, hydration! For some reason, it can not be solved just by drinking lots of water, you have to have a meal too. They say that food is mostly made with water and it must help the body balance itself some how. I came to this conclusion after I suffered from Ghiardia...A waterborne parasite that I picked up from contaminated food. I couldn't keep anything in me and my ears were in a constant state of being popped. Talk about making a miserable situation worse. It was all related to having food and water in me. Before Ghiardia, I experienced the popping when exercising and when pregnant. Many pregnant woman are always in a state of dehydration as I must have been. One comment about the blood pressure. It may tie in some how, but I have always had low blood pressure, even through pregnancy, so I don't think that it is behind the popping.
I've had Giardia a few times and now that you mention it, I did have ear problems. For me though, dehydration produces more of an echo or Tinitus. Either way proper hydration relieves a great deal of ear woes.
pigkouinaki9 years ago
Hi. I have the same problem. I asked my instructor and his answer seems convincing to me. I ll try to explain: unhealthy food and fat also accumulate on our veins. As a result, blood cannot easily circulate, because veins become smaller (my english is not too good, but u know what i mean..). When you exercise it is even worse, because blood comes with more pressure. I didn t understand what the ears have to do with the whole story. I asked him if i change my diet and exercise, will it stop? And he says YES. (I am thin but i eat unhealthy). Finally he said "drink a lot of water, it helps". So maybe blood pressure and dehydration are somehow connected, but these are symptoms, not reasons. The reason is fat that has accumulate in the veins from unhealthy diet and not-exercising. May I ask, do you eat or used to eat unhealthy?
Correction: ..blood cannot easily circulate, because veins become narrow "The deposit of plaques in the arteries causes the narrowing of the blood vessels"
Weissensteinburg (author)  pigkouinaki9 years ago
I've never eaten badly, but in the past few months, it's gotten a lot better. And the hard swallow works, too.
I would vote for blood pressure. I've never heard about that with dehydration. But speaking of dehydration, you do run with water, right?
Weissensteinburg (author)  jessyratfink9 years ago
Yep, I do.
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