WHAT IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION?
Eustachian tube dysfunction is a broad term used when the tubes are not working properly and are unable to open and equalize pressures in the middle ear. When the Eustachian tube becomes clogged, the result is having the sensation that your ears have pressure & pain, or feel plugged up and full. In children, this is a common problem resulting in frequent ear infections. In adults, it may occur due to allergies, sinus inflammation, or dysfunction of the muscles that open the tubes.
Yawning or popping the ears or even swallowing helps open the eustachian tubes and in neutralizing the pressures inside the middle ear.
GET RELIEF FROM EAR PRESSURE AND EARACHES. ASK US ABOUT EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION AND ABOUT QUICK IN-OFFICE EUSTACHIAN TUBE BALLOON DILATION
HOW DOES EUSTACHIAN TUBE BALLOON DILATION WORK?
Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a novel cutting-edge technology to improve the function of the eustachian tube. The eustachian tubes are tubes or channels that connect the back of the nose on either side with the middle ears behind the eardrum. Their role is to equalize the atmospheric pressure on either side of the eardrum. Muscles that open and close the tubes on either side help with equalizing this pressure, especially during flights, swimming, change in weather, and scuba diving.
During the quick 15-20 min procedure, a balloon is placed in the affected eustachian tube and dilated for 2 minutes to open the eustachian tubes as the problem occurs when the eustachian tube is not opening and equalizing the pressure. The goal of dilating the tube is to restore the normal tube function and ameliorate the problem.
Dr. Umang Khetarpal
Dr. Khetarpal is an award-winning Ear Nose and Throat Facial Plastic Surgeon with advanced expertise and experience in sinus disease, allergies, sleep medicine, and facial plastic surgery. He has had over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, especially in the advanced management of sinus, allergy, snoring, and sleep disorders but also in dizziness and hearing loss, thyroid nodules and parathyroid disease, rhinoplasty, and facial surgery.