Ear popping is a pressure and pressure release that is felt in the ears. One of the most common times it can be experienced in when climbing or descending in altitude. It can also occur during rapid weather changes or when sick. The sensation occurs mainly due to a change in air pressure from one side of the ear to the other. The air pressure in the body is typically balanced with the air pressure outside. If the air pressure changes outside the body too rapidly, then the air pressure inside the body can experience pressures and ear popping as the body tries to balance the pressure change. This is one reason why parts of the body can ache when there is a change in the weather or air pressure change outside the body. The ears can pop to try to relieve the air pressure differential. Yawning and gum chewing are some strategies that are used to relieve pressure in the ears when the elevation and thus pressure outside the body is changing.