EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION
WHAT IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION?
The Eustachian Tube is a narrow tube which connects the back of the nose to the middle ear. Its main functions are to protect the middle ear from sources of disease, to ventilate the middle ear and to help drain secretions away from the middle ear.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) is the inability of the eustachian tube to adequately perform and failure of the valve of the eustachian tube to open and or close properly.
WHAT ARE EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION SYMPTOMS?
-Ear pain or pressure
-Fullness in the ear
-Inability to equilibrate middle ear pressure
HOW CAN WE TREAT IT?
For appropriate candidates, a small balloon is inserted through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian tube opening. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube and restore function. After the tube is dilated, the balloon is then removed.
Results are seen in 6-8 weeks.