Definition of ear-popping in US English:

ear-popping

noun

  • A popping sensation felt within the head as pressure is equalized between different parts of the auditory canal, especially during a change of altitude.

adjective

  • 1That causes a popping sensation felt within the head as pressure is equalized between different parts of the auditory canal.

  • 2Painful to hear, extremely loud. Also: that catches the attention of the listener; striking or impressive to listen to.

Origin

1920s. From ear + popping.

Pronunciation

ear-popping

/ˈɪəˌpɒpɪŋ/