Cleveland Nasal Sinus & Sleep Center

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Hillcrest Medical Building Atrium
6770 Mayfield Rd, Suite 425
Cleveland, OH 44124

440-684-9980
800-24-SINUS (247-4687)

EAR BLOCKAGE AND EUSTACHIAN TUBE BALLOON DILATION

Ear blockageWhat is the Eustachian tube?

The Eustachian tube is the small passageway that goes from the back of the nose up to the middle ear. The Eustachian tube permits air to get into the middle ear space. Sometimes when we have a cold, or are flying, or descending from a high altitude, the Eustachian tube can become obstructed. This may cause fullness or pressure in the ear, popping sounds, dizziness, and even some decreased hearing. Yawning or chewing gum will frequently Eustachian Tuberelieve the pressure. When these remedies do solve the problem, a decongestant like Sudafed® or a nasal steroid spray will help. When this fails, a balloon dilation procedure can be performed to open the blocked Eustachian tube.

Eustachian tube balloon dilation is performed either in the operating room with some mild sedation or in the office under local anesthesia.

How Does It WorkHow does Eustachian tube balloon dilation work?

A small endoscope, inserted in the nose through the nostril, allows Dr. Levine to see into the opening of the Eustachian tube where a balloon is placed into the Eustachian tube. The balloon is inflated and then deflated and thus relieves the obstruction. There is very little if any discomfort. Relief will typically occur over a two-week period.

Ear PainAfter the Eustachian tube balloon dilation, it is important to avoid blowing the nose or if necessary, nose blowing should be done only gently for the first two weeks. Pain medication following the procedure is rarely needed. Click Eustachian tube balloon dilation: What to expect for more information about Eustachian tube balloon dilation.

Learn About Howard L. Levine MD

Dr. Howard LevineHoward L. Levine MD is one of the pioneers in the development of advanced nasal endoscopic diagnostic techniques, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and advanced applications of radiofrequency energy for nasal and sinus disease. Listed in The Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Cleveland, Dr. Levine is world-renowned as an expert in nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Levine, is a past national president of the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), the world’s largest organization in nasal and sinus disorders.

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Advanced Treatments

Sinus Advanced TreatmentsThe cornerstone of Cleveland Nasal Sinus & Sleep Center is our connection to the “latest and greatest” technology that provides to our patients the best outcomes with the least trauma. Howard L. Levine MD is and has been a consultant and primary investigator for several ear, nose and throat medical device companies.

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Nose News is Good News®!

Nose News

Cleveland Nasal Sinus & Sleep Center has a new location!

Hillcrest Medical Building Atrium
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 425
Cleveland, Ohio 44124.
Telephone: 440-684-9980.

Telephone: 800-24-SINUS.

Fax: 440-449-9279.

This new facility within the Hillcrest Medical Building Atrium, has adjacent free parking, valet parking, access from a major interstate highway, affordable accessible hotels and motels and nearby shopping centers

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