I have severe allergies that cause fluid buildup in the eustachian tubes in my ears, which causes pressure and makes them ring, which in turn causes hearing problems. I went to see a highly recommended ENT for this. He said 'Plug your nose, and blow really hard, like you're giving birth. Then swallow. I want you to do this 10-20 times a day.' I told him I thought it would hurt the ear drums to do that, but he said it wouldn't. And it cleared up the fluid pressure and my hearing got better instantly. Of course, allergies keep it coming back, but I do this on occasion when the ringing and fluid buildup get bad.
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