OK, first I just want to say that the miracle of the internet has certainly changed the way I look at medicine. I have found the cure for my ear problem…while doing a google search for "airplane ear won’t pop" – this came up
Take a large piece of newspaper (double side), roll into a fairly tight cone with a small open end at the apex and about a 6-8" diameter at the large end. In length it should be about 1 1/2-to-2 feet, end to end.
Insert the small end into your affected ear to where it makes a seal – have a friend/S.O. hold it in place for you
Have them set the large diameter end on fire with a match/lighter so that the complete circumference is burning. No, I’m not kidding.
Allow it to burn down until the "whoosh" occurs – the updraft of the burning end creates a vacuum effect on your inner ear which should help unclog it – It may take some time or multiple effort to get it right, so be patient.
It is even scarier that I found an artists illustration of the procedure!!!!!