The Eustachian tubes are narrow passageways that connect the middle ear with the upper throat. The tubes open and close as you sneeze, swallow or yawn, helping to equalize pressure on the eardrum and keeping fluid from building up.
When the Eustachian tubes get blocked or plugged, they can’t function properly. The result can be frequent ear infections, muffled hearing, pain, ringing in the ears or a popping or clicking sensation. In the past, this has been treated with medication, and possibly ear tube surgery.’
ENT & Allergy Specialists now offers AERA Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation, a new procedure that can provide relief for patients suffering from Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. Using AERA, your specialist can open the Eustachian tube, allowing it to function more normally and helping to relieve symptoms. The procedure is generally recommended only for adults.
Your specialist will gently insert a catheter through the nose and into the Eustachian tube. The catheter will contain a small balloon that will be inflated, opening the Eustachian tube. Once the tube is opened, the balloon will be deflated, and removed along with the catheter.
Clinical studies of the AERA system have shown excellent results. A success rate of 99.7% was achieved in Eustachian tube dilations, and patients experienced a greater rate of ear drum normalization compared to patients treated with medication alone. Greater patient quality of life was also achieved. There were zero adverse events or complications reported. For additional information, download the AERA fact sheet.
If you have been living with ETD symptoms, or treatment with medication has not been successful, AERA may be the right next step. See your ENT & Allergy Specialists physician and talk over your options. Our goal is to help you feel – and hear – your best.