I Found a Solution for my Plugged Ears After Running!
|March 25, 2012||Posted by Sarah under Tips|
Ever since I started running I’ve had to deal with a major problem–blocked ears. This may not seem like a big issue, but it really threw me for a loop when I went to work a couple hours later and they were still blocked. You know what it’s like, I’m sure. It made me grumpy and uncomfortable for hours after my runs.
That’s part of the reason I stopped running in the winter. I had not only plugged ears but pain in my ears. It was just miserable.
Anyway, this year I decided it would be different. If I couldn’t find a solution for this ear thing I wouldn’t run anymore. This would be it–not a great solution and not one that I really wanted to give in to.
Early on in my research, sometime last summer, I was convinced that I had Patulous Eustachian Tube…then it was something about temporary threshold shifts. Who knows. Researching medical problems on the Internet can sometimes make you paranoid.
Last week I found a post on a forum that talked about this problem for weight lifters. I can’t even find/remember the name of the forum anymore. Someone posted on there that during exercise air breathed through the nose can cause blocking of the eustachian tube because of air blocked beneath the ear drum. Breathing through the mouth would solve the problem.
In the next two runs I took I focused on breathing through my mouth instead of my nose and guess what? No blocked ears! Amazing.
Of course, other problems come along with breathing through my mouth the entire time, but I’ll just have to deal with them. I’d rather carry a water bottle with me to soothe my parched mouth than to be in a muffled world for hours a day.
So if you’re having problems too, try this before going to the doctor or taking any medications. I’ve found that ear problems with these symptoms are really hard to diagnose anyway and doctors often get it wrong.