Do you have to constantly pop your ears, or do you
experience ear pain when flying or diving?

Keep reading to learn more about a new, modern solution:

 What is the eustachian tube?

The eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx, which consists of the upper throat and the back of the nasal cavity. It controls the pressure within the middle ear, making it equal with the air pressure outside the body.

What Causes Painful Ear Pressure?

If your Eustachian tube is blocked,  pressure cannot equalize. Eustachian tube blockage can occur for a number of reasons. The most common are colds, sinus infections and nasal allergies, which stop the air flowing through the blocked Eustachian tube. This causes lower pressure inside the middle ear; the eardrum is then sucked inward and stretched. Such an eardrum cannot vibrate naturally so sounds seem muffled or blocked. In some cases, the ears can become painful.

Pain from eustachian tube blockage is often felt during flying or diving. You may also experience a feeling of fullness in the ears, or feel the need to pop your ears often. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help.

Eustachian Tube Dilation: A New, Modern Solution

The FDA has recently approved a new, minimally invasive way to reduce pain and discomfort from blocked eustachian tubes. In the procedure, a small balloon dilation system is inserted into the eustachian tube. It is then dilated, in order to create space and restore proper functioning of the eustachian tube. The procedure is done in the office, and is minimally invasive.

If you suffer from ear pain or discomfort, call us today to schedule an appointment: 210-607-4687