An Eustachian tube dysfunction needing earache relief is not only uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but it can also lead to more serious ear or hearing imperfections or disabilities.
The main causes for or factors that contribute to ETD are:
- The most common – the common cold – also referred to as upper respiratory infection; of course any other infection of the sinuses or nasal system can impact the ear; this happens because mucus gets stuck on the way due to the extra amount created by the body to fight the infection;
- Another common cause are allergies affecting the respiratory system or those affecting the nose;
- Air or mountain altitude trips – We all have probably experienced their effects in a mild form, but things can get worse, sometimes, because of the changes in air pressure;
- Swimming/diving or any other sports involving a person’s descent under water – again the differences in pressure can affect the tube’s condition;
- Any other disease or illness that blocks the tube, such as tumors or enlargement of other organs (for example the adenoids);
- Special conditions or rare occurrences – people with narrow tubes or glue ear.
Eustachian tube dysfunction is treatable, so make sure to make an appointment for a diagnostic and a plan of treatment with a specialist.