I am definitely interested in eustachian-tube issues. I was told as a child by my family doc that I have narrow eustachian tubes. I was very prone to ear infections and blocked tubes as a child - nearly every year from age 4 till 14! The pain was mind-blowing. Since then, I’ve never had another ear infection, but have definitely felt that my tubes are still narrow.
When I use a Neil-Med sinus clearing bottle (hang head sideways, squeeze the bottle with salt solution up the nose-cone), I always experience about 5 min of “cleared ears”. I also noticed that they would clear easier when I took a Sudafed (which I only did recovering from tooth extraction).
HOW I WISH I could have my tubes measured for width and see if there is any device to keep them OPEN. I’ve known of folks who get a tube placed in their eustachian tubes, but also that procedure may increase the risk of infection, which would require the tubes being removed. I actually think I hear about 5% better with my tubes cleared. I guess my dilemma is that if I used the device from Target, it would last for a few minutes. What I need is permanent clearing of those tubes FOREVER.
Has any adult on this board gone the route of having tubes placed there? In addition, I have nerve-related deafness, so I don’t want to go messing with Murphy’s Law here …