Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Los Angeles Eustachian Tube Dysfunction SurgeonThe eustachian tubes are small passageways that connect the upper part of your throat (pharynx) to your middle ears. When you sneeze, swallow or yawn, your eustachian tubes open, allowing air to flow in and out. But sometimes a eustachian tube might get plugged. This is called eustachian tube dysfunction. When this happens, sounds may be muffled and your ear may feel full, or you may have ear pain.

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Patients with eustachian tube dysfunction may complain of ear pressure, muffled hearing, and ear popping or clicking. The eustachian tube is a tube connecting the ear with the nasal cavity. When you yawn or swallow, the eustachian tube opens and pressure equalizes between the ear and the outside world. Like the nasal cavity, the ear also produces mucus and is normally drained by the eustachian tube.

If the eustachian tube does not function normally, mucus may build up in the ear causing hearing loss and muffled hearing. It may also lead to recurrent ear infections. Conditions like nasal allergy and chronic sinusitis can cause inflammation of the eustachian tube and lead to dysfunction. Medical treatment includes nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines, and decongestants.

 

Beverly Hills Sinus Center | Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Specialists

Like the nasal cavity, the ear also produces mucus and is normally drained by the eustachian tube. If the eustachian tube does not function normally, mucus may build up in the ear causing hearing loss and muffled hearing. It may also lead to recurrent ear infections and you should seek the expertise of an experienced Los Angeles Eustachian Tube Specialist. Conditions like nasal allergy and chronic sinusitis can cause inflammation of the eustachian tube and lead to dysfunction. Medical treatment includes nasal steroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines, and decongestants.

 

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Solutions

Traditional treatment of eustachian tube dysfunction includes placement of a pressure equalization tube (PE tube), creating a semi-permanent hole in the eardrum, allowing pressure to equalize through it directly. Normal PE tubes usually last for about a year and may need to be replaced chronically.

Recent advances in technology have led to the development of a technique to help recuperate the normal function of the eustachian tube instead of circumventing it. Balloon eustachian tube dilation involves placing a guide catheter into the eustachian tube orifice. A balloon is then threaded over the guide wire and then gently inflated, dilating the eustachian tube. The dilated eustachian tube is now able to equalize pressure between the ear and the nasal cavity. Though a fairly new technique, studies demonstrate that the benefits of this type of surgery may last much longer than standard PE tubes.

Los Angeles Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Surgeon | Beverly Hills Sinus Center

The physicians and staff at the Beverly Hills Sinus Center place the highest importance on compassionate care and patient comfort. Our Los Angeles Eustachian Tube Dysfunction surgeons pride themselves on being conservative and recognizes that surgery is not always the answer, but a highly trained Los Angeles Eustachian Tube Dysfunction surgeon, they are not discouraged by the most difficult of problems. The Beverly Hills Sinus Center looks forward to working with you to solve your nasal or sinus related issues.

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