WONDER #1366: Why Does Gum Help Pop Your Ears?

Question 1 of 3

Chewing gum helps your ears to pop because it encourages you to what?

  1. eat
  2. taste
  3. swallow
  4. hear

Question 2 of 3

When your ears are clogged, what part must pop open to allow pressure to equalize inside the middle ear?

  1. Eustachian tube
  2. earlobe
  3. sinus cavity
  4. nostril

Question 3 of 3

The painful feeling in your ears caused by a difference in pressure between the inside and outside of the ear is called what?

  1. ear barotrauma
  2. barotitus media
  3. either (A) or (B)
  4. neither (A) nor (B)

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