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can you tell me for the specialist, she told me she thinks i have patulous eustachian tube. what do you think?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Otologist: I would advise an ear doctor or an ENT doctor. Although a patulous ET can be annoying, it is not usually serious. However, it you have symptoms such as an echo in the ear when you speak and it is very annoying, surgical narrowing of the ET through a middle ear approach can be successful. Some ear doctors are also trying to narrow the tube through the back of the nose.

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no problem! BEST to YOU and yours for the NEW YEAR!! Stay WELL!
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