Taking off and landing in an airplane causes air pressure changes in the cabin, and can lead to discomfort and pain as the middle ear works to accommodate. Most people who have flown in airplanes have felt at least mild ear barotrauma. The symptoms can often be mitigated by chewing gum, yawning, sucking on hard candies, and repeated swallowing. This minor annoyance should go away when the air pressure stabilizes. Driving up and down a mountain can have the same effect.
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