For adult patients needing “ear tubes” for persistent eustachian tube dysfunction or middle ear infections, a new, minimally invasive technique called EUSTACHIAN TUBE DILATION will be covered by Medicare and Medicaid after January 1st (with other commercial insurances likely to follow soon).
This brief, in-office procedure widens the plumbing system for the ear, leading to long term improvement of ear pressure symptoms without the need to place a hole in the eardrum. This hole can cause possible long-term side effects such as hearing loss or the requirement to keep the ear dry with earplugs. Widening of the Eustachian tube takes only 15 minutes to perform on average, with return to work possible the very next day.
Contact Mann ENT to discuss whether you may benefit if ear symptoms have become problematic for you or a family member.