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What to Expect at Your Appointment

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Your appointment begins with a careful evaluation of your medical history with a routine head and neck examination. It will be followed by an evaluation to determine whether a problem in your Eustachian tube is related to the pressure or fullness in your ear. If it is, your physician will also evaluate what type of Eustachian tube disorder you may be experiencing. 

Additional tests may include:

  • Nasopharyngoscopy & dynamic assessment of the Eustachian tube: The Eustachian tube opening is located in the back of the nose, the nasopharynx. A small scope is placed through your nose, so that your physician can observe the function of the Eustachian tubes and assess for swelling, scars, and other findings typical of a disorder of the Eustachian tubes. During this procedure, your physician may ask you to perform maneuvers like swallowing or yawning to assess the function of the Eustachian tube. 
  • Audiometric evaluation: An audiologist will assess your ability to hear different sounds and words. 
  • Tympanogram: The results of the tests inform your treatment. Your treatment plan will be individualized to address the particular cause or causes of your ear fullness and pressure and what your treatment may include. Sometimes movements of the ear drum can be seen during your evaluation by an audiologist and this can help diagnose problems with the Eustachian tube. 

Treatment options may include medication, surgery, dilation of the Eustachian tubes, and/or physical therapy to address underlying tension or stress in appropriate muscles.

Meet Our Specialists

Your care team may include otolaryngologists, audiologists, physical therapists, and oral maxillofacial surgeons. Meet the specialists dedicated to helping patients experiencing Eustachian tube dysfunction (disorders).

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