Eustachian tube dilation is a procedure that can treat muffled hearing, frequent ear infections, or pain. To find out if you’re a candidate, visit ENT and Allergy Specialists at one of their locations in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, or East Norriton, Pennsylvania. With an experienced team of physicians and surgeons, the practice offers specialized care to patients of all ages. Click to book a consultation or call the office to schedule.
The Eustachian tubes are narrow canals that connect your middle ear to your upper throat. These tubes open and close as you sneeze, yawn, or swallow, which help to equalize pressure on the eardrums and prevent the buildup of fluid.
If your Eustachian tubes get blocked, it can result in frequent ear infections, difficulty hearing, pain, and ringing or popping noises in the ear. In the past, problems with the Eustachian tubes were treated with medication or invasive ear tube surgery. ENT and Allergy Specialists uses the dilation approach to open up the earways, which is less invasive and highly effective.
ENT & Allergy Specialists 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 eliminate your symptoms. The procedure is generally recommended only for adults.
At your appointment, your specialist gently inserts a catheter through the nose and into the Eustachian tube. The catheter contains a small balloon that is slowly inflated, which opens up the Eustachian tube. Once the tube is open, your physician deflates the balloon and removes it, along with the catheter.
Clinical studies of the AERA system have shown excellent results. One study found the procedure had a success rate of 99.7%, and patients experienced a greater rate of eardrum normalization, compared with patients who were treated with medication alone. Patients in the study also achieved a greater quality of life, and there were zero reported adverse events or complications.
Some people experience a mild nosebleed after the procedure, but this usually resolves in a few days. Since the procedure is noninvasive, you’ll be back to normal quickly and be able to breathe more easily.
If you have been living with painful symptoms or if treatment with medication has not been successful, the Eustachian tube dilation procedure may be the right next step. The practice can talk about your options and suggest the right treatment plan.
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