0 Question Asked: February 14, 2020In: BiologyEli5: What’s physically happening when our ears feel “plugged?”0Eli5: What’s physically happening when our ears feel “plugged?”In: Biology ShareFacebook 2 AnswersVoted S_Puppet347 Added an answer on February 14, 2020 at 2:23 pm In addition, what’s happening when they “pop?”0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsApp brannana Added an answer on February 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm Your eardrums, being sensitive to small changes in air pressure (i.e. sound waves) are particularly sensitive to quick changes in atmospheric pressure, usually from altitude changes. When your ears feel plugged, the air pressure outside your ears is greater than the air pressure inside your ears. That “sucks in” the eardrum, and increases the tension across the eardrum. That means that the eardrum moves less with sound waves, so things sound muffled.Your eardrums “popping” is the pressure becoming great enough that some air can sneak around the eardrum and equalize the pressure, restoring normal hearing.0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsAppLeave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Attachment Select file Browse Featured image Select file Browse What is the capital of UK? ( London ) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.