Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treatment
You don’t have to live with chronic eustachian tube dysfunction. There are solutions for children and adults of all ages that are safe, effective, and will get you back to work, travel, and enjoying hobbies to the fullest. Blocked eustachian tube treatment is often simple and minimally invasive. Your ETD is unique to your specific medical issues, environment, and daily activities. The team at Southern Indiana ENT will listen to your needs and develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your concerns, meets your goals, and works within your budget. Some common treatments for ETD include:
Treat the Underlying Cause
When ETD is the result of allergies, sinus infection, cold, or flu, the best treatment is to focus on the underlying issue. The team of professionals at Southern Indiana ENT understands how all of these conditions and body systems work together and can put together a custom treatment plan that is simple and effective.
Treating these underlying issues may be as simple as over-the-counter medications for cold/flu, allergy treatments, or simple sinus infection solutions. In some cases of eustachian tube dysfunction, natural treatment may be available and appropriate. This may include avoiding allergy triggers or simple solutions to help you manage the symptoms without medication.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
When treating underlying conditions is not effective or when chronic eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms are long lasting and limit work or quality of life, then minimally invasive solutions may be appropriate.
Eustachian tube balloon surgery is a safe, simple, and highly effective procedure. This is very similar to balloon procedures that are widely used to treat sinus infections. In the comfort of the doctor’s office, a tiny balloon is gently inserted into the eustachian tube and inflated to open the blockage. This allows natural air and mucus flow to return. You can be back to your normal routine almost immediately with quick and effective relief.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Surgery
Surgery for ETD is not common, but in some cases it is the most effective and appropriate solution. These may include placing tiny temporary holes in the eardrum to relieve pressure and restore natural function. Another solution involves inserting temporary tubes to drain fluid from the middle ear. These surgical solutions are safe, simple, and effective for children and adults.