Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is a condition in which the eustachian tube function decreases, resulting in dulled hearing. The Eustachian tube connects the space between the eardrum and the back of the nose. It is usually closed, but opens when we swallow or yawn or chew for maintaining air pressure. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction occurs when this tube is blocked or does not open properly. Symptoms are:
• Muffled or dulled hearing
• Possible ear pain
• Fullness in ear
• Ringing or buzzing sound
HOW IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually done by the ENT or ear throat nose specialist who will conduct a proper physical examination in order to find the cause for the blockage and its symptoms like ringing and pain in the ears. The patient’s hearing may also be checked for proper diagnosis.
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?
Symptoms may last from a few hours to several weeks