88 Shares PinOne sensation most of us who have flown are familiar with is having our ears pop upon takeoff, leading to discomfort when we return to the ground. A common way to “unclog” your ears is to hold your nose closed then breath hard. Why Your Ears Pop In The First PlaceInside your middle ear down toward your throat is the Eustachian (or pharyngotympanic) tube. The higher up you are the lower the air pressure and as you increase in altitude, the Eustachian tubes open slightly, letting out air. Blowing Too Hard Can Perforate Your EardrumGenerally speaking your Eustachian tubes will balance things out on their own after a few days.