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I was wondering would you please explain to me: why do our ears get blocked when we go driving up a mountain or flying in a plain?

(P.S would you please try to give your answer in a easy way that I can understand)
Thanks

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This is more a science question, but I'll give it a shot.

It's due to pressure differences.

As you gain or lose altitude, the air pressure around you changes.

In the back of your mouth is a tube that connects your mouth to the inner ear.  Normally these tubes equalize the pressure on both sides of your eardrum.  

Sometimes those tubes get squeezed or block, which makes a difference in pressure on either side of your eardrum, which can cause discomfort or pain.

This is why yawning or swallowing when you get that discomfort can quickly ease the symptoms.

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