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Ears feel blocked but it's not wax?

It could be something called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, a common problem affecting ones hearing.


As we go about our daily lives, the health of our ears often goes unnoticed until a problem arises. One such issue that many individuals face is Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). At Medicure Clinic, we understand the importance of clear hearing and aim to shed light on this common yet often overlooked condition. We have many patients that book in for ear wax removal in our Liverpool clinic, who find out that their 'blocked ear' is actually ETD.


What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

The Eustachian tube is a narrow passage that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat. Its primary function is to equalize the pressure between the middle ear and the outside environment, as well as to drain any fluids that may accumulate. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction occurs when this tube becomes blocked or fails to open properly, leading to symptoms such as ear pressure, muffled hearing, and sometimes pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).


ETD is more common than many people realize, with millions of individuals in the UK experiencing it at some point in their lives. Factors such as allergies, upper respiratory infections, sinus issues, and even changes in altitude can contribute to the development of ETD. Additionally, children are particularly susceptible due to the smaller size and more horizontal orientation of their Eustachian tubes.



How can you get rid of ETD?:

Steroid Nasal Spray and Otovent Balloon System

Fortunately, there are several effective treatments available for managing Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. One such option is the use of steroid nasal sprays, which help to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages and promote better Eustachian tube function. These sprays can be prescribed by a healthcare professional and are typically used for a specified duration as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. At Medicure clinic, we are unable to prescribe steroid nasal spray, you must visit your GP for this.


Another method is the Otovent Balloon System. This innovative device utilizes a small balloon that is inflated within the nasal passages, helping to open up the Eustachian tube and improve airflow. The Otovent Balloon System is easy to use and can be purchased online, including on platforms like Amazon, making it a convenient option for those seeking relief from ETD symptoms and only costs around £15.


At Medicure Clinic, we believe in providing our patients with the most effective and accessible solutions for their healthcare needs. If you are having issues with your ears but are unsure if the cause is a build up of ear wax, please do book an appointment and we can carry out a full examination to determine your issue. You will only be charged a small fee for this if there is no wax present and the ear wax removal procedure is not needed.


In conclusion, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is a common condition that can have a significant impact on one's quality of life. By understanding its causes and available treatment options such as steroid nasal sprays and the Otovent Balloon System, individuals can take proactive steps towards managing their symptoms and improving their overall ear health. If you or a loved one are experiencing ETD symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Medicure Clinic for personalized care and support.


Amy Maddox - Medicure Clinic


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