The tubes that connect the middle ears with the back of throat are known as the Eustachian tubes. These tubes have a number of uses including the drainage of fluid and the maintenance of air pressure in the ears. Inflammation due to cold, allergies and sinus infection can cause a blockage in these tubes.
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?
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction usually clears by itself within a few hours. In case the condition is caused due to travel to high altitudes, no specific treatment may be needed. Decongestant sprays or drops may be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children are particularly prone to Eustachian tube blockage because their tubes are narrower in diameter, more horizontal in orientation, and closer at the nasal opening of the Eustachian tube to the adenoid.