Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treatment in Birmingham, AL
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) is a common condition affecting the function of the Eustachian tubes, with small passageways connecting the middle ears to the upper throat. Various factors can cause ETD, and while some cases resolve on their own or with at-home treatments, severe or recurring cases may require medical intervention, including pressure equalization tubes.
At ExcelENT of Alabama, our team of experienced specialists understands the impact of ETD on your daily life and is dedicated to providing effective diagnosis and personalized treatment options. With our advanced techniques, including the AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, we aim to restore proper Eustachian tube function and relieve the bothersome symptoms of ETD. Schedule an appointment to experience the quality care we provide our ear, nose, and throat patients in Birmingham, AL.
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The AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System: Effective Relief for ETD
ExcelENT of Alabama now offers the AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, a groundbreaking procedure designed to alleviate the painful symptoms associated with ETD. This clinically-proven alternative to traditional ear tube surgery provides fast and effective relief, restoring proper function to the Eustachian tube.
Our skilled ENT doctors utilize the AERA™ procedure to provide relief for ETD symptoms. Using a catheter inserted through the nose, a small balloon is gently inflated within the Eustachian tube, restoring airflow and proper function. This minimally invasive, in-office treatment offers fast and effective relief without the need for hospital visits.
Symptoms of ETD
ETD occurs when the normal function of the Eustachian tube is impaired.
Common symptoms include:
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction FAQs
Eustachian tubes are small passageways that connect the middle ears to the upper throat. Their role is to equalize ear pressure and drain fluid from the middle ear. Normally closed, these tubes open during activities such as chewing, swallowing, or yawning.
Various factors, including allergies, sinus infections, upper respiratory tract infections, changes in altitude, smoking, and structural abnormalities of the Eustachian tubes can cause ETD. The dysfunction occurs when the Eustachian tubes fail to open or close properly, leading to imbalanced pressure and fluid accumulation in the middle ear.
Treatment options for ETD depend on the severity and underlying cause. Mild cases may improve with self-care measures like swallowing, yawning, or chewing gum to help equalize ear pressure. Over-the-counter decongestants or nasal sprays may also provide temporary relief.
In more persistent or severe cases, our ENT specialists may recommend techniques such as the AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, medication to reduce inflammation, or surgery to improve Eustachian tube function. The appropriate treatment approach will be determined after a thorough evaluation by our healthcare professionals.