What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)?
ETD occurs when the Eustachian tube, an area extending from the middle of the ear to the nasopharynx, cannot open like it should. Some of the causes for ETD include sinus infections, nasal allergies, and common colds.
What are the symptoms of ETD?
Patients with ETD may experience symptoms anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. However, severe cases may last even longer. Symptoms include:
- Continuous feeling of clogged ears
- Hearing problems
- Impaired hearing
What are non-invasive treatments for ETD?
- Nasal sprays
- Decongestants and Antihistamines
- Cold medication and cough medicine (Guaifenesin)
What is Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube?
For patients experiencing chronic cases of ETD, a more invasive surgery may be required. The physicians at Lexington ENT at Totum Health begin by inserting a small FDA approved catheter with a balloon at the tip into the Eustachian tube. The balloon is then inflated to physically open the Eustachian tube, and is then deflated and removed.
The procedure is commonly performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Physicians who have used the Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube technique in adults suffering from severe ETD reported that the procedure is safe and causes a short-term and, perhaps, a long-term resolution of symptoms.
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