Eustachian Tube Dilation - Ear Pressure Relief

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

The Eustachian tube is a narrow tube which links the back of the nose to the middle ear. It is normally closed but opens when we swallow, yawn or chew. It has three main functions: to protect the middle ear from sources of disease, to ventilate the middle ear, and to help drain secretions away from the middle ear.1

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is the inability of the Eustachian tube to adequately perform these functions and failure of the valve of the Eustachian tube to open and/or close properly 2 ETD (Eustachian tube dysfunction) is estimated to effect up to 5% of the adult population.3

Narrowing of the Eustachian tube causes patients to experience ear pain, pressure, fullness, popping, ringing, or muffled sounds in the affected ear(s).

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Symptoms and causes:

Normally, the Eustachian tubes are working properly so you don’t notice them at all. Anything that prevents the tube from opening can cause Eustachian tube dysfunction.

Eustachian tube dysfunction may occur when the mucosal lining of the tube is swollen, or does not open or close properly. It can occur after the start of a cold and other nose, sinus, ear and throat infections.1

When they are not working properly, the patient can possibly feel the following symptoms: muffled hearing, fullness of the ear, pain in the ear, inability to equilibrate middle ear (ME) pressure, tinnitus, and dizziness.4

Video Blog on Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Treatment

Dr. Bublik explains a common condition called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, which can feel like the ears need to “pop” but cannot. A minimally invasive procedure can be performed in the office to open the ears and relieve pressure with the patient awake and with minimal pain. Watch to the end to see a real case!

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Video Blog

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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

Treatment options:

Now, Dr. Bublik has another tool (or option) in treating Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is the first device in the US indicated to dilate the Eustachian tube.

Dr. Bublik 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. Dr. Bublik 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. After the Eustachian tube is dilated, Dr. Bublik deflates and removes the balloon.

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