Balloon Dilation of Eustachian Tube
Balloon dilation of the eustachian tube can help those with problems diving, descending in airplanes, or who want an alternative to a traditional ear tube.
The eustachian tube connects the inner or middle ear to the back of the nose. It regulates the ear’s pressure and is prone to being dysfunctional. Patients with chronic eustachian tube problems or for whom medicines are not effective can benefit greatly from Aera Balloon dilation. It will relieve or minimize the sensation of fullness, pressure, and clogging that can be particularly problematic when suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection or when changing altitude and diving.
Common causes of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction:
Inflammation, hay fever, and malformation of the tube itself.
Symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction:
Ears feeling clogged or full, not being able to hear clearly, a clicking popping sensation, pain, or pressure.
Benefits of Balloon Dilation of Eustachian Tube
What to Expect
This is an in-office procedure where, using a small endoscope for guidance, Dr. Davis will insert the Aera Balloon through the nostril, to the back of the nose and into the eustachian tube. He will then gently inflate the balloon, dilating the eustachian tube. He then deflates and removes the balloon. Both ears can be treated in the same setting. For those with narrow nasal passages, eustachian tube dilation may need to be performed in a nearby operating room so that sedation can be provided and the narrow passages can be treated at the same time. Eustachian tube dilation can provide fast or in some cases immediate relief. There is no downtime and post-procedure discomfort is minimal.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*