Patulous Eustachian Tube

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

In patulous eustachian tube (pET) dysfunction, the eustachian tube stays open most of the time. The eustachian tube is a passageway from the back of the nose to the middle ear that may be opened or closed by action of a valve-like device. Under normal circumstances, it remains closed for most of the day, opening only on occasion to equalize air pressure in the middle ear and the exterior environment.

If the tube remains open, the patient complains of hearing one's own voice or one's breathing as too loud (autophony), hearing echoes of one's own voice, or hearing ocean waves much like the sound produced by holding a shell over one's ear.

The condition is benign but may generate, over time, serious and even extreme responses to the abnormal sounds.

Supporting Organizations

American Academy of Audiology

11480 Commerce Park Drive
Suite 220
Reston, VA 20191
Tel: 703-790-8466
Fax: 703-790-8631
Tel: 800-222-2336
Email: infoaud@audiology.org
Website: http://www.audiology.org

American Hearing Research Foundation

275 N. York Street
Suite 401
Elmhurst, IL 60126
USA
Tel: (630)617-5079
Fax: (630)563-9181
Email: sparmet@american-hearing.org
Website: http://www.american-hearing.org/

Better Hearing Institute

1444 I Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Tel: (202)449-1100
Fax: (703)684-6048
Tel: (800)327-9355
Email: mail@betterhearing.org
Website: http://www.betterhearing.org

Ear Foundation of Santa Barbara

2420 Castillo Street
Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4346
Tel: (805)569-1111
Fax: (805)563-2277
Email: info@earfdn.org
Website: http://earfdn.org/index.htm

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Communication Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
Tel: (301)402-0900
Fax: (301)907-8830
Tel: (800)241-1044
Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
Website: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

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Last Updated:  3/17/2008
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