Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

The Eustachian tube isn’t very large, but it can cause huge problems when it is not functioning properly, such as dizziness, pain and other issues. While these symptoms can be treated, often, we’ll need to help you address the underlying cause to gain long-term relief.

What is the Eustachian tube?

The Eustachian tube, which connects your middle ear to the back of your nose, is responsible for ventilating your middle ear and equalizing the pressure between your ear and the environment. It also protects it from pathogens and drains fluid. If the Eustachian tube is blocked or isn’t working properly, it causes problems.

What are the symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction?

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Ringing in the ears(tinnitus)
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Dizziness or balance problems

If not treated in a timely manner, it can cause extensive damage to the middle ear and ear drum.

What causes Eustachian tube dysfunction?

There is no single underlying cause—we’ll need to evaluate your symptoms to determine the source of your problems. However, some of the possible causes are:

  • Swelling

When the tube’s mucus lining swells, it can’t drain fluid. This inflammation is often caused by an upper respiratory tract infection or allergic rhinosinusitius

  • Deviated Septum

According to research published in the HTA Medical Journal misaligned nasal septum can cause Eustachian tube dysfunctions.

  • Horizontal Alignment

Children have Eustachian tubes that are more horizontal than those found in adults. As a result, it’s more difficult for it to drain properly, which can lead to chronic ear infections and other problems.

Solutions for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

TREAT THE DISORDER CAUSING INFLAMMATION

If rhinosinusitis is to blame, treating the underlying infection can alleviate problems with the Eustachian tube.

PRESSURE EQUALIZATION

The Eustachian tube can be reopened by raising nasal pressure. ­This is accomplished by exhaling while having your mouth and nose closed.

INTRA NASAL STEROIDS

These medications reduce inflammation, which allows the Eustachian tube to open, drain fluid and equalize ear pressure. However, these medications should not be used long-term. We’ll review this course of treatment with you to determine if it right for you.

 ANTIHISTAMINES

These reduce your body’s reaction to allergens, reducing inflammation.

When you have an earache or you’re fighting dizziness, even regular, day-to-day activities can be a struggle.

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