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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (Overview)

This is the structure that helps equalize pressure in the middle ear. When it does not function properly you can suffer from; ear pain, ear fullness, tinnitus, dizziness, ear infections etc...


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How long does eustachian tube dysfunction last?

How long does eustachian tube dysfunction last?

Varies: This is common after an episode of otitis media and can persist up to 3 months. However, there are people who live with it constantly and may need intervention such as placing an ear tube. Decongestants have not been shown to help but gentle ear popping can. Studies are looking into whether medicines like Flonase (an intranasal steroid) help or not. ...Read more

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
164 Doctors shared insights

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (Overview)

This is the structure that helps equalize pressure in the middle ear. When it does not function properly you can suffer from; ear pain, ear fullness, tinnitus, dizziness, ear infections etc...


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What actually is eustachian tube dysfunction and its symptom? Could it be cured?

What actually is eustachian tube dysfunction and its symptom? Could it be cured?

ET tube not opening: Et dysfunction occurs usually because the tube that aerates the area behind you eardrum into your nasopharynx is blocked for some reason or another. The cure depends on the reason it is blocked. Cogestion from sinus disease, allergies, large or infected adenoids can cause it. If it is bothersome consider an ENT visit. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of eustachian tube dysfunction and why can I hear clicking noises every time I swallow or yawn?

What are the symptoms of eustachian tube dysfunction and why can I hear clicking noises every time I swallow or yawn?

Ears probs: The clicking sound is probably from your jaw if you clench or grind your teeth. The eutachian tube dysfunction can cause fluid build up behind the ear drum and cause a feeling or ear fullness. It may lead to middle ear infections. ...Read more

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Spasm of the back of the nose is a sign of eustachian tube dysfunction?

No, but close.: Signs of eustachian tube dysfunction are ear congestion, ear popping, difficulty hearing, and ear pain. This is caused by nasal tissue swelling, which is also a cause of stuffy nose. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms?

Hearing loss: Your eustachian tubes connect your space behind your eardrum to the back of your nose. If this tube stops working, then your ear can fill up with fluid or pressure. If it fills up with fluid, you have an effusion and your hearing decreases like you are underwater. If it fills with pressure, you may have ear pain. ...Read more

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Wanted to ask how eustachian tube dysfunction is diagnosed? Is there a definitive method? I have sinus and tinnitus (possible caused by sinus, is it?

Examination: Examination and history of pressure or popping in the ear. You also may have tympanometry performed by your physician. It is examination using an impedance machine usually in an ENT physicians office. ...Read more

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Why does the ringing occur when you have eustachian tube dysfunction? And how do you know if you have fluid behind your ear or not that cause ringing?

Need an exam: To know if there is fluid behind the eardrum. There are objective tests to test too. Fluid usually causes hearing loss not ringing, sensorineural hearing loss or damage from meds like Aspirin can cause ringing. ...Read more

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Can having your bent looking down for many hours cause eustachian tube dysfunction?

Not likely.: Eustacian tube dysfunction is caused when the eustacian tube, which connects the ear to the nose, can not drain properly. This usually is caused by inflammation due to an ear infection, cold, sinus infection, allergies or the like. Looking down does not effect the angle of the tube, nor should it cause the tube to become clogged or inflamed in any way. ...Read more

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How to handle/treat eustachian tube dysfunction? In the worst case, does surgery necessary? Could it gives permanent damage in ear/nerve/etc?

How to handle/treat eustachian tube dysfunction? In the worst case, does surgery necessary? Could it gives permanent damage in ear/nerve/etc?

Relieve or bypass: The eustachian tube is the connector between the back of the nose and the middle ear. It's function is to allow pressure to equilibrate in the middle ear. Acutely it can be block by uris or acute allergic nasal congestion. Chronically enlarged adenoids and allergic or non-allergic nasal congestion is most common. Consider treating those. Other option is tympanostomy tube (s) to bypass eustachian t. ...Read more

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For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

Eustachian tube dysf: Nasal congestion due to allergies or infection can cause blockage of the tube that connect middle ear to the back of nose. Or even middle-ear to nose. You can auto-insufflation (pop ears) along with anti-histamine and decongestant to see if your ear fullness resolves. If not or gets acutely worse, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the next step in treating eustachian tube dysfunction if the " long term" tubes fail? Obviously you can't keep having surgery every few years

Can repeat tubes: Actually, many people do get multiple sets of tubes throughout their adult life. There has been some papers on laser tuboplasty to surgically enlarge the eustachian tube and some attempts at stenting the et opening, but so far no consistently good results are available to alter practice patterns among most ENT doctors. It's a difficult problem with imperfect solutions at this point ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction not responding to treatment (nasal sprays, prescribed by various doctors) from 6months. Now my doctor is saying- go to gym?

Eustachian tube dysfunction not responding to treatment (nasal sprays, prescribed by various doctors) from 6months. Now my doctor is saying- go to gym?

Sprays won't help: There is no evidence that nasal sprays, steroids or others affect the eustachian tube patency or function. If the diagnosis of this problem has been made by a general physician, it is an overused diagnosis. True eustachian tube blockage leads to negative middle pressure, eventually fluid, and possible viral or bacterial infection. Advise seeing an ENT specialist for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for about 2 weeks now went to a doctor about it and she said it was eustachian tube dysfunction but has not gone away?

I have had a sore throat for about 2 weeks now went to a doctor about it and she said it was eustachian tube dysfunction but has not gone away?

Listen to your body: Something is irritating your throat. It is possible that you are having reflux into the pharynx which is causing the irritation. Doing things to prevent reflux may help such as eating small meals, and avoiding irritating foods or pulling down a hiatal hernia. A chronic post nasal drip could irritate your throat. Avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar and drinking warm liquids like home made chicken broth. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms?

Hearing loss: Your eustachian tubes connect your space behind your eardrum to the back of your nose. If this tube stops working, then your ear can fill up with fluid or pressure. If it fills up with fluid, you have an effusion and your hearing decreases like you are underwater. If it fills with pressure, you may have ear pain. ...Read more

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What is eustachian tube dysfunction, bilateral?

As follows.: The main symptom is muffled or dulled hearing. You may also have ear pain because the eardrum is tensed and stretched. Other symptoms that may also develop include a feeling of fullness in the ear, ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus) and dizziness. One or both ears may be affected.
See ENT doc to manage this problem. ...Read more

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How long does eustachian tube dysfunction last?

Varies: This is common after an episode of otitis media and can persist up to 3 months. However, there are people who live with it constantly and may need intervention such as placing an ear tube. Decongestants have not been shown to help but gentle ear popping can. Studies are looking into whether medicines like Flonase (an intranasal steroid) help or not. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube dysfunction, where do I go for help?

See ENT: To make the most accurate diagnosis see ENT who works with audiologist. Many conditions act like etd such as tmj. ...Read more