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Ear, Nose, and Throat - Otology, Neurotology, & Skull Base Surgery

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. It serves two main functions. First, it allows pressure to equalize between the middle ear and the outside world. Second, it allows fluid to drain away from the middle ear to prevent infections. In children, the Eustachian tube is shorter and more horizontal than adults leading for more ear infections. This typically normalizes by ages 7-9. However, problems can persists into adulthood. The symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction can vary based on the severity but range from persistent ear fullness to recurrent ear infections. This can typically be medically treated, but surgery may be indicated. We are equipped to provide the most up to date diagnostic testing and treatment for Eustachian tube dysfunction. Please request an appointment today to be seen and evaluated.  

 

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Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
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135 Rutledge Avenue
MSC 550
Charleston, SC 29425
 

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