Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) can cause dulled hearing. It is usually a temporary problem that lasts a week or so and most commonly occurs during and after a cold. There are various other causes and sometimes it lasts longer. An infection may also cause the lining of the Eustachian tube to become inflamed and swollen. Most people will have had one or more episodes in their life when they have had a cold and find that they cannot hear so well due to ETD.
HOW IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION DIAGNOSED?
There can be various causes for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. Cold and throat and ear infections are the most common causes. Other causes include glue ear, allergies, ear blockages and air travel.
HOW IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION TREATED?
Often there is no treatment needed and the condition is self-healing. Decongestant ear sprays may be used in case of discomfort. Antihistamine tablets are also found to be effective.
DID YOU KNOW?
The symptoms of this condition can last for a few hours to weeks depending upon the cause. In most cases, it is caused due to cold and eases off quickly.