Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in Flagstaff, AZ

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What Is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), which affects the tube that connects the ear and throat, occurs when the tube’s lining becomes inflamed or blocked or does not open and close properly, resulting in fluid accumulation and ear pressure. When the eustachian tube becomes dysfunctional, some of the symptoms you may experience include pain, tinnitus, clicking or popping sounds, reduced or muffled hearing, a feeling of fullness in the ear, or balance issues. Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery provides personalized care for optimal ear health. Contact our practice in Flagstaff, AZ today to get the relief you need.

How Is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treated?

Our team will conduct an in-house comprehensive hearing analysis to diagnose and treat eustachian tube dysfunction. ETD can be resolved in 1 – 2 weeks on its own. Actions, such as yawning, chewing gum, or swallowing, can sometimes reopen the tubes and provide some relief. The Valsalva maneuver, which involves closing and pinching the nostrils with the mouth shut and taking a deep breath, is another method to treat ETD. Our team may also suggest some prescribed remedies or over-the-counter medications, like decongestants to reduce inflammation in the lining of the tubes, antibiotics if you’re diagnosed with a bacterial infection, or antihistamines or a steroid nasal spray for allergies.

Other treatments to medically manage chronic symptoms of ETD may include ear wax removal, eardrum repair, surgically removing fluid from the middle ear, or implanting pediatric ear tubes to help drain frequent fluid buildup.

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While ear pressure can go away on its own, if you've been experiencing congestion or other symptoms for more than two weeks, it may be time to see a doctor. Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that hinder the health and function of the ears, like eustachian tube dysfunction. Call our Flagstaff, AZ practice today to book an appointment.

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