What would I feel if I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?
Patients suffering from ETD typically complain of hearing loss and/or pressure and/or plugged ear. It can be acute, chronic or recurrent. ETD can include serous effusion, reduced hearing and negative middle ear pressure.
Usually patients with EDT complain of loss of hearing and/or the ear feeling plugged or pressure. It can be chronic, acute or recurrent. Quality of life can be impaired due to a persistent sensation of plugged ear or earache, plus an inability to tolerate air travel. Over time ETD can lead to hearing loss.
Ventura ENT [or PacificViewENT depending on which site] is pleased to offer a non surgical solution with The Acclarent Aera Eustachian Tube Dilation.
The 1st device that was approved by the US FDA to dilate the Eustachian tube is The Acclarent Aera Eustachian tube balloon dilation system. This uses a small balloon to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition in which pressure, pain or clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear.
A doctor uses a catheter to insert a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function. Once Eustachian tube is dilated, the doctor deflates and removes the balloon.