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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is the failure of the Eustachian tube (a passage that leads to your middle ear) to open and/or close properly. The Eustachian tube may be narrowed or clogged.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Do you persistently experience any of these:

  • Ear pressure, ear pain, or clogged ears?

If so, Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation may be right for you.

Have you been unresponsive to an intranasal steroid spray or an oral steroid?

  • Different approaches to the treatment of ETD are available. In one published study, nasal steroids showed no effect on ETD symptoms. The Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation may be a viable alternative treatment for patients with persistent ETD symptoms.

Symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

If you have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Your ears may feel plugged or full.
  • Sounds may seem muffled.
  • You may feel a popping or clicking sensation (children may say their ear “tickles”).
  • You may have pain in one or both ears.
  • You may hear ringing in your ears (called tinnitus).
  • You may sometimes have trouble keeping your balance.
  • Your symptoms may get worse with changes in altitude. This includes flying in an airplane, riding in elevators, driving through mountains, or diving.

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

The Eustachian tube is a small passageway that connects your throat to your middle ear. When you sneeze, swallow, or yawn, your Eustachian tubes open. This keeps air pressure and fluid from building up inside your ear. In certain cases, a Eustachian tube may become plugged. This is called Eustachian tube dysfunction. When this happens, sounds may be muffled, and your ear may feel full and include pain in the ear.

Treatment:Eustachian Tube Dilation

Below is a video animation showing how balloon eustachian tube dilation is performed. Also known as balloon eustachian tuboplasty, this is an alternative procedure to ear tubes to resolve clogged ears in adults suffering from eustachian tube dysfunction.

A photo of a doctor performing the Eustachian tube balloon dilation procedure on a patient

Providing Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Relief

With Minimal Downtime

Treatment:Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation

Dr. Beasley is regarded as the top-rated ENT specialist in Boise, Idaho because of his extensive education and experience in ear, nose and throat procedures. He is happy to offer Eustachian tube ballon dilation procedures to not only residents of Boise but also to those in surrounding communities like Nampa, or Meridian. If you are seeking a consultation for eustachian tube dysfunction, contact our Boise clinic office below.