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What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

The Eustachian tube is a structure, which when working properly, drains fluid that accumulates in the middle ear. When the Eustachian tube drainage is affected, it means that the middle ear does not equalize properly.

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What are the symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Common Symptoms include:

  • Ear plugging/fullness
  • Inner ear pressure
  • Disequilibrium
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing whooshing or heartbeat sound
  • Feeling uneasy in space
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Why Does Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Happen?

Dysfunction of the Eustachian tube can happen for many reasons, it can be congenital or acquired after a head injury or viral infection. Some symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction include ear pressure/fullness, ear plugging, feeling uneasy in space, disequilibrium and hearing whooshing or heartbeat sound in the ears.

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How do you treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

This condition is treated using a specialized technique called the Endonasal technique for ear drainage. This involves clearing the blockage at the opening of the Eustachian tube near the back of the mouth. This procedure is done manually using a gloved hand, and is extremely safe.

Unfortunately, this technique shares a name with a different ‘endonasal’ treatment, which is done by inflating a small balloon in the nasal passages.