Eustachian tube dilation is not a cure all
To all who are reading this and suffering from chronic problems with their Eustachian tubes: the surgery that you may have heard of that opens blocked Eustachian tubes from the inside is not by any means a cure all solution to the problem. I have had this procedure done by a reputable Chicago ent. I have regular occurrences of ear pressure despite having this procedure. The procedure was done as a last resort for me to relieve 6 months of ear pressure after a cold. While the dilation does HELP, it's extremely important to be aware that an underlying problem caused your e tubes to malfunction and this cause MUST be treated as well. I found out I have pretty severe allergies and possibly some tmj disorder. These, especially the allergies, contribute to ETD by causing the Eustachian tube tissue to swell just like the lining of your nose will swell when exposed to allergens. Some other causes may be non allergic rhinitis, tmj disorder, etc. I was greatly helped by the dilation procedure in that it enabled me to be able to pop my ears after 6 months of them being pressure blocked shut. BUT I am also treating my allergies and looking into tmj disorder due to some cheek pain unrelated to my sinuses. If you have any doubts, please read Dr Poe's (the otologist who came up with this procedure) literature on it. He recommends it to help ease the pressure problems but is adamant that the underlying cause of the problem be treated. I struggle with this as much as anyone, but what needs to be kept in mind is that Eustachian tube dysfunction is a symptom of a problem (allergies, chronic nasal inflammation, tmjd, etc) not a separate disease in most cases. Just wanted to put this out there as there seem to be many misconceptions about this procedure and what it's meant to accomplish. It's a very expensive procedure and I hate to see anyone go into it spending alot and expecting miraculous results. It's part of a process.