The Eustachian tubes are tiny pathways that connect your throat to your middle ear. These tubes can become blocked from sinus dysfunction, fluid buildup, or long-term inflammation. Persistent fullness or pressure in the ears indicates a condition called Eustachian tube dysfunction. Those with Eustachian tube dysfunction may also experience dizziness, popping or clicking in the ears, pain, or hearing problems.
For many patients, medication will give sufficient reduction of this stuffy feeling in the ears. If you still feel persistent fullness in the ears even after trying decongestants and steroids, balloon dilation of the Eustachian tubes could be your answer. When addressing Eustachian tube dysfunction via balloon dilation, a tiny guidewire and balloon is placed into the opening of your Eustachian tube via your sinuses. The balloon is opened, gently widening the blocked Eustachian tube. The balloon is then deflated and removed. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be comfortably performed under local anesthetic in our office. It does not require any time away from work or your social schedule.