Patient Comments: Eustachian Tube Problems - Experience

Please describe your experience with eustachian tube problems.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have to say anyone experiencing popping, pressure, annoying clicking all day long go for the tubes. I have had great success w/ ear tubes due to these annoying symptoms. My only problem is getting them to stay. First time had them done in ENT office, one came out 6 months later so the doctor decided to try a longer lasting tube in "OR" could last 3-5 yrs, just found out yesterday left ear tube is starting to come out and my miserable symptoms are all back. I am 37 and I hate the fact that I will probably be dealing with this the rest of my life. I had 100% relief after tubes; I just wish they would stay.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: kates, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

Two years ago I got a sinus infection, the only one I've ever had. I took antibiotics and it cleared up, but my ET (eustachian tubes) have been really annoying since then. Even the slightest change of altitude while driving usually causes my ears to clog, and click, and then I have to yawn like crazy, swallow, and blow my nose to relieve the pressure. I didn't know until a few months ago there was such a syndrome as "ET dysfunction" but now that I've happily diagnosed myself, I still get especially bad ears during a cold or right before I get sick. It lasts for months after the cold is gone. As far as advice goes- I've gotten really good at yawning -tilting my head back, specifically concentrating on tightening the muscles at the back of the throat. This works for me until I find something more lasting.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: mia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I was being treated for an ear infection (swimmers ear), and while on antibiotics, the pain and fever went away, but I began to feel extremely full of pressure in the infected ear. It has been a week now, and nothing seems to give me lasting relief. The ear will not "pop" when forced, decongestants help briefly, but the feeling of pressure and fullness does not seem to leave for long. Thinking it was wax or some sort of build up, I have begun to irrigate the ear with a mix of peroxide and water- which helps for a little while as well, but the feelings always return.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: dew, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

One of my brothers and I have been plagued by ear infections since childhood. We have very similar facial features and jaws. I think the bone structures have been the cause of the eustachian tube dysfunctions in both of us. My tinnitus has recently become more constant, especially in the quiet times. Sleeping has become a challenge. My brother has had eustachian tube manipulation done by a chiropractor. It helps to open the tube and it has given him some relief. I have not yet tried this but may have to soon. With the slightest cold or allergic reaction I get fluid in the ear(s) and the tinnitus starts.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: casey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I was recently diagnosed with a eustachian tube blockage. My doctor suggested that it might be a result of a flu shot.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: frustrated, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

My last set of permanent Eustachian tubes came out in 1995 and I have dealt with this since I was 43. I have found that rinsing with saline nasally and using Afrin nose spray helps. I do have allergies and I take fexofenadine (Allegra) and montelukast (Singulair) daily.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: John D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I am 64 years old and my left eustachian tube has been blocked for the past 20 years. Over that time I have had several grommets fitted, the last one staying in for almost 12 months. They have provided relief but within one to two weeks of 'falling out', the problem returns. The eustachian tube fills with fluid and then gradually becomes painful. Antibiotics do not seem to have any effect. My Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist says it is permanently blocked by scar tissue and nothing can be done surgically to fix it.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Sunshine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

With my Eustachian tube problems, I have severe pressure in my head and ears as well as my face behind my nose. I get migraines weekly and pretty much live with a headache daily. I am a healthy 38-year-old female. I've never been sick other than the yearly cold. I have been to the doctors several times. I've had CT Scans of my sinuses and brain (both came back normal), and blood work to try to figure out what is wrong with me. My eyes even hurt from it. I went to the eye doctor who gave me steroids. They relive the pain, but this is only masking the problem, and I don't want to take them forever. I know they aren't good for you.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Eustachian Tube Problems - Treatments Question: How was your Eustachian tube problem treated?
Eustachian Tube Problems - Altitude and Air Travel Question: Did air travel or a change in altitude cause your Eustachian tube problems? Please share your experience.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors