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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation… Relief from "Plugged" or "Popping" Ears

If you have constant plugging and popping in your ears, you may be among at least 1 percent of adults who have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). Up to now, there were few options beyond nasal sprays for treating this problem, but the FDA recently approved a new procedure – Eustachian tube balloon dilation. Dr. Brandon Musgrave now offers this day surgery. A board-certified ENT specialist, Dr. Musgrave is one of the first physicians in Illinois to perform this procedure.

What is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation?

Similar to angioplasty (performed to open a clogged artery), Eustachian tube balloon dilation is performed as a day surgery. The procedure involves inserting a specially designed catheter with a small balloon at the tip through the nose and into the Eustachian tube. The balloon is then inflated, then deflated and withdrawn after opening the passages.

What are the symptoms of ETD?

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is a common medical issue. Patients suffering from ETD typically complain of a sensation of pressure or plugged ears. They may also suffer from middle ear effusions (fluid trapped behind the ear drum). Over time, ETD can result in hearing loss or formation of an abnormal growth in the middle ear called cholesteatoma.

How do I know if Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is right for me?

You don't have to live with chronic ETD. Eustachian tube balloon dilation is one of the few effective treatments available for this dysfunction. Talk to Dr. Musgrave to see if this procedure would be right for you.

(Left) Dr. Brandon Musgrave performing the procedure.

Contact Us

To learn more about Eustachian tube balloon dilation, call 815.223.4400 today.

ENT and Allergy Center
920 West St., Suite 312

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