Healthpointe Medical Southern California

Ear Problems: Blocked Eustachian Tubes

What are the eustachian tubes?

The eustachian tubes connect the middle ears to the back of the throat and help the ears drain fluid. One of the functions of the eustachian tube is to ventilate the middle ear space in order to ensure its pressure remains at near normal environmental air pressure. Another function of the eustachian tube is to drain any accumulated secretions, infection, or debris from the middle ear space.

What causes blocked eustachian tubes?

Swelling from a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection can keep the eustachian tubes from opening, which can lead to pressure changes and fluid may collect in the middle ear. The pressure and fluid can cause pain.

What are the symptoms of blocked eustachian tubes?

Blocked eustachian tubes can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Ears that hurt and feel full
  • Hearing problems
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Ringing or popping noises in your ears

How are blocked eustachian tubes treated?

The blocked eustachian tubes often improve over time without the need of medication. Simple things such as yawning or chewing gum can also help relieve the symptoms. These actions are known to help make the pressure equal between the inside and outside of your ears. However, if your symptoms persist, it is best to seek medical attention. Healthpointe doctors can prescribe medications to further treat your symptoms. In some severe cases, individuals may need surgery for blocked eustachian tubes.

Where can I get treatment for my symptoms of blocked eustachian tubes and related ear problems?
Healthpointe now offers audiology services at our Anaheim location. Audiology services at Healthpointe include hearing tests and evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, balance or speech problems, hearing disorders, and other ear problems. Contact Healthpointe today to learn more about our audiology services and treatment options. Healthpointe in Anaheim has the best treatments for all of your audiology needs.

About Healthpointe:

Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles county, Orange county, San Bernardino county and Riverside county). Healthpointe has locations situated in over 10 cities in Southern California including Anaheim, which is conveniently located near Whittier, La Habra, Norwalk, La Mirada, Cerritos, Buena Park and Santa Fe Springs. As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit

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