Ears Nose Throat Overview
Dr. Nolan Shipman and licensed Audioprosthologist Joe Crnkovic can treat a variety of conditions. ENT services include diagnostics and treatment for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, sinusitis treatment, allergy treatments, pediatric ENT care, hearing disorders, digital hearing aids and much more.
Conditions we often see related to Ears Nose Throat are vertigo, wax build up, Eustachian tube dysfunction, sinusitis and more. We offer a variety of treatments for these conditions. If you have concerns, please call our office to schedule an evaluation.
You may be suffering from Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Normally, the air pressure in the middle ear is the same as the air pressure outside the body. When you swallow or yawn, this opens the eustachian tube and allows air to flow into or out of the middle ear, which keeps the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum equal.
If the eustachian tube is blocked or not functionally correctly, the air pressure inside and outside the ear differs. This causes what is known as barotrauma, which can be very uncomfortable.
Symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Shipman ENT commonly sees include the following:
- Ear discomfort or pain in one or both ears
- Inability to pop ears
- Sensation of fullness or stuffiness in the ears
- Feeling of pressure in the ears (as if underwater)
- Moderate to severe temporary hearing loss
Causes of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
The most common causes of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction are a cold, the flu, a sinus infection or allergies. These conditions may cause your eustachian tubes to become inflamed or clogged with mucus. Individuals with sinus infections are more likely to develop plugged eustachian tubes.
Some people are at greater risk for ETD, including:
- Children. This is because children’s tubes are shorter and straighter that those of an adult, which makes it easier for germs to reach the middle ear and for fluid to become trapped there. Also, their immune systems are not fully developed, making it harder for them to fight off infections.
- People who smoke. Smoking damages the cilia (tiny hairs that sweep mucus from the middle ear to the back of the nose). This allows mucus to gather in the eustachian tube.
- People who are obese. Fatty deposits around the eustachian tubes can lead to ETD.
Shipman ENT’s Treatment Options for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Treatment for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction depends on both the severity and cause of the condition. Typically, ETD resolves without treatment. However, if your symptoms are severe or persist for more than two weeks, contact Shipman ENT about treatment options.
Shipman ENT usually prescribes anthistamines, decongestants taken by mouth or by a nose spray, or steroids. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Shipman ENT with the link below for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shipman today to discuss treatment options for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.