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Eustachian Tube Problems At A Glance
- The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear space to the rear of the nose near the soft palate.
- Normally, the Eustachian tube is closed.
- Partial or complete blockage of the Eustachian tube can cause sensations of popping, clicking, and ear fullness.
- The Eustachian tube can become blocked from common colds or allergies.
- Altitude changes can cause symptoms in persons with Eustachian tube problems.
- Several maneuvers can be done to improve Eustachian tube function.
Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Eustachian Tube Function.