Proper ear function is a health issue you may not notice until it’s gone. But, once it is, symptoms like muffled hearing, ringing in the ears, and even earaches can interfere with daily life. Disorders of the Eustachian tube are a common cause of such symptoms, and fortunately, the solution to these problems is a doctor’s visit away.
At Broward ENT & Allergy in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area, Dr. Sina Joorabchi can correct Eustachian tube issues with as little as one Eustachian tube dilation treatment. His state-of-the-art clinic — conveniently located in Pembroke Pines, Florida — is home to the most advanced technology and a caring, experienced staff.
Eustachian tube dilation manually reopens your Eustachian tubes, allowing for drainage and balanced air pressure between your outer and middle ear. When they’re functioning normally, Eustachian tubes enable your body to efficiently regulate the air pressure inside your ear.
But when colds or infections strike, the proper functioning of the Eustachian tubes can be inhibited, causing discomfort or pain. This is especially common in children. There are several potential treatments for this situation, but Eustachian tube dilation is typically recommended for severe cases.
When Eustachian tube dysfunction strikes, it can present in several ways:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you or your child may have Eustachian tube dysfunction. Dr. Joorabchi excels at providing efficient, personalized care, so a thorough examination will help determine the exact cause of your symptoms and the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
During the consultation, you and Dr. Joorabchi will craft a customized treatment plan to suit your lifestyle. Eustachian tube dilation is usually performed under general anesthesia, so having a friend or family member available to take you home is generally recommended.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Joorabchi will insert a small, flexible tube (catheter) carrying a tiny balloon into your nose and the targeted Eustachian tube. After the balloon is inserted, it is inflated and remains in the Eustachian tube to force it open for a few minutes. The balloon is then deflated and removed.
While the exact procedure may vary, the entire process typically takes about 20 minutes.
The recovery process is generally straightforward, with no lasting adverse effects once the anesthetic wears off.
Patients typically report a significant improvement in ear function and a reduction or elimination of their symptoms. Further, decreased occurrence of subsequent infections has also been reported.
Our team at Broward ENT & Allergy in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area is ready to help you find the solution to your persistent ear problems, including through Eustachian tube dilation. We’ll answer all your questions and help you find the treatment that precisely fits your needs. Call us at (954) 438-7171 or fill out the form on this page, and we look forward to helping you soon!
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