The Eustachian tube (ET) is the narrow tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. This tube is what you “pop” when you descend on an airplane or scuba dive by yawning, swallowing, or blowing after pinching your nose. The ET drains the ear and relieves ear pressure that can build up. If this tube does not open up properly, it can lead to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD).
ETD can cause:
Fullness in the ear
Hearing loss (“muffled” ear)
Fluid behind the eardrum
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
Unsteadiness or dizziness
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ENT Specialist Dr. Nick Debnath performs Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation under local anesthesia in the office with the Stryker XprESS ENT Dilation System.
Long term eustachian tube dysfunction can lead to more severe damage to the middle ear or hearing loss that may require surgery. The lining of the ET is lined with the same lining found in the nose; therefore, whenever your nose swells (allergies, sinus, cold, etc.), the ET can swell which may lead to ETD.
ETD is treated with nasal sprays, antibiotics (if infected), decongestants, and possibly pressure equalization. There is now a new technique that treats the ET directly called Eustachian Tube Dilation or Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation.
What Is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation?
Many of the current treatment options for Eustachian tube dysfunction are limited or invasive, but a newer treatment option using balloon dilation can restore Eustachian tube function and relieve symptoms. Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation provides a safe, effective, and less invasive treatment for people with Eustachian tube dysfunction. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia but may be done in the operating room or in the office.
During this procedure, your doctor will insert a small balloon through your nose and into your Eustachian tube. The balloon will then be gently inflated, and after treatment, removed.
Find relief from Eustachian Tube Dysfunction with our balloon dilation procedure.
Does Eustachian Tube Dilation work?
Eustachian tube balloon dilation has been proven effective in several peer reviewed studies.
99.7% Dilation access rate.
An improvement from 13.9% (control) to 51.8% normalization of the tympanogram (a measure of middle ear pressure).
A greater improvement in quality of life based on ETD questionnaires.