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Treatments For Patulous Eustachian Tube
Yes: The cold may cause blockage of the tube where it comes into the nose. ...Read more
Hearing yourself: The term describes a condition in which patients can hear their own breath and voice much louder than normal. It occurs when the eustachian tube (which is normally closed) is open more than normal. This is can be very annoying. Luckily it is much less common than eustachian tube dysfunction in which the tube is more closed than normal (congested) and patients feel like they can't hear as well. ...Read more
Surgery: This is a fairly rare problem but if the symptoms truly bother you, surgery is available. Exploring the middle ear and partially obstructing the opening of the Eustachian tube as it enters the middle ear space with fascia or muscle tissue can be successful. Consult an ENT surgeon. ...Read more
Ear tube issues: The two terms relate to the state of the eustacian tube and the consequences of that state.The patuous description implies the eustacian tube does not open and close in a normal manner. If you station tube is not open and close it is deemed to have dysfunction. This dysfunction may result in autophony, a sensation of hearing an echo in one's head. ...Read more
Can you tell me for the specialist, she told me she thinks I have patulous eustachian tube. what do you think?
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. ...Read more
Can you fly by plane (short 2 hrs flight) if you have Patulous Eustachian tube? Could it make the problems worse?
May be painful: Flying can create pressure in the middle ear, the space between the ear drum and the eustachian tube. If the eustachian tube can open by yawning, swallowing, or holding your nose while blowing thru your nose, then the pressure will clear and you will be fine. If you cannot open your eustachian tube, you can develop barotrauma to your ear drum. A 2 hr flight will cause less pressure than a long one ...Read more
ENT. No.: A patulous eustachian tube does not require a hearing aid. There are a variety of treatments available. See ENT doc for exam, recommendations. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/858909-overview ...Read more