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 ENT or ear nose throat specialist would check your symptoms and then also conduct a physical examination of the ear. In some rare cases, a CT scan may be suggested.
HOW IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION TREATED?
The treatment will be done with the help of a simple exercise that is quite like blowing your nose as close your mouth and hold your nose to let the air come out of your ears. A warm washcloth may also be applied to the region for relief. Steroid medication and antibiotics may help.