Better HearingTOPICSby Herbert J. Hodgdon, II, BS-HIS, PresidentPREPARE FOR LANDINGJet travelers often encounter the potentially painful problem (medically known asbarotrauma) of having their ears blocked and in need of popping. Most people respond tothis annoying sensation by yawning, which helps to open the Eustachian tubes andregulate pressure in the middle ear. It may also help to sip water and swallow to activatethe muscles that open the Eustachian tube. If these methods don't work, the Valsavamaneuver may be tried, which involves taking a deep breath and pinch the nose shut.Then, keeping the mouth closed, the individuals tries to gently blow air through his orher nose. Another tactic, the Toynbee maneuver, involves pinching the nose closed andclosing the mouth, then trying to swallow.If you've tried just about every tactic you can think of to deal with your diminishedhearing-shouting, turning up the volume, avoiding conversation, and withdrawing fromsocial situations-now try an audiologist. At BETTER HEARING CENTER, we haveextensive training and skills that enable us to understand and diagnose your loss, state-ofthe-art testing facilities, and the very latest in hearing instruments to correct yourimpairment. Take the first painless step toward better hearing. Call us to schedule ahearing test at New Hampshire's premier hearing care providen.P.S. One tactic for popping the ears, called the Frenzel maneuver involves pinching the noseclosed and using the tongue to make a clicking, or "K" sound.Better Hearing Center, Inc. 2 Industrial Park Drive Concord, NH603-224-9043 www.betterhearingnh.net1256311

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Better Hearing TOPICS by Herbert J. Hodgdon, II, BS-HIS, President PREPARE FOR LANDING Jet travelers often encounter the potentially painful problem (medically known as barotrauma) of having their ears blocked and in need of popping. Most people respond to this annoying sensation by yawning, which helps to open the Eustachian tubes and regulate pressure in the middle ear. It may also help to sip water and swallow to activate the muscles that open the Eustachian tube. If these methods don't work, the Valsava maneuver may be tried, which involves taking a deep breath and pinch the nose shut. Then, keeping the mouth closed, the individuals tries to gently blow air through his or her nose. Another tactic, the Toynbee maneuver, involves pinching the nose closed and closing the mouth, then trying to swallow. If you've tried just about every tactic you can think of to deal with your diminished hearing-shouting, turning up the volume, avoiding conversation, and withdrawing from social situations-now try an audiologist. At BETTER HEARING CENTER, we have extensive training and skills that enable us to understand and diagnose your loss, state-of the-art testing facilities, and the very latest in hearing instruments to correct your impairment. Take the first painless step toward better hearing. Call us to schedule a hearing test at New Hampshire's premier hearing care providen. P.S. One tactic for popping the ears, called the Frenzel maneuver involves pinching the nose closed and using the tongue to make a clicking, or "K" sound. Better Hearing Center, Inc. 2 Industrial Park Drive Concord, NH 603-224-9043 www.betterhearingnh.net 1256311

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