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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

Chapel Hill Ear, Nose and Throat is the premier choice for treatment of your otolaryngology medical and surgical needs. We have had the pleasure of serving our patients needs in the Chapel Hill area for close to 35 years.

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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

Chapel Hill Ear, Nose and Throat is the premier choice for treatment of your otolaryngology medical and surgical needs. We have had the pleasure of serving our patients needs in the Chapel Hill area for close to 35 years.

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What is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation?

The ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is the first device in the US indicated to dilate the Eustachian tube. The ACCLARENT AERA™ system uses a small balloon to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition in which pressure, pain or clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear.

With the ACCLARENT AERA™ system, a doctor uses a catheter to insert a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function. After the Eustachian tube is dilated, a doctor deflates and removes the balloon.

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation Results

  • Results from clinical studies demonstrated a 99.7 percent technical success rate in Eustachian tubes dilated.
  • Studies also found a greater rate of tympanogram normalization than control subjects treated with medical management alone (51.8 vs. 13.9 percent), as well as a greater improvement in quality of life measures.
  • 56.1% vs. 8.5% improvement in the Quality of Life measure from the Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Questionnaire (ETDQ-7).
  • Additionally, there were zero reported serious device- or procedure-related adverse events.