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Patulous Eustachian Tube


Synonyms of Patulous Eustachian Tube
  • pET
  • P.E.T.

Disorder Subdivisions



    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.

    Organizations related to Patulous Eustachian Tube
    • American Academy of Audiology
      11730 Plaza America
      Reston VA 20190
      Phone #: 703-790-8466
      800 #: 800-222-2336
      e-mail: info@audiology.org
      Home page: http://www.audiology.org
    • Better Hearing Institute
      515 King Street, Suite 420
      Alexandria VA 22314
      Phone #: 703-684-3391
      800 #: 800-327-9355
      e-mail: mail@betterhearing.org
      Home page: http://www.betterhearing.org
    • EAR (Education and Auditory Research) Foundation
      P.O. Box 330867
      Nashville TN 37203
      Phone #: 615-627-2724
      800 #: 800-545-4327
      e-mail: suzanne@earfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.earfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (Balance)
      National Temporal Bone, Hearing
      Boston MA 02114-3096
      Phone #: --
      800 #: 800-822-1327
      e-mail: TBRegistry@meei.harvard.edu
      Home page: http://www.tbregistry.org



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