Why Do My Ears Hurt At Different Altitudes?
In each ear is the Eustachian tube, which connects to the throat and nose and helps to regulate ear pressure. When it becomes blocked due to pressure changes, it can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Occasional ear pressure is normal, especially in response to changes in altitude. Many people experience the condition when flying on a plane, diving or even driving or hiking through mountains. When ear barotrauma becomes chronic, however, it can cause complications.