What is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation?

CEENTA now offers the AERA Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, the first balloon device to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction in the United States.

Eustachian tube dysfunction, or ETD, is when the normal function of the Eustachian tube – helping maintain pressure in the ear by periodically opening and closing – is impaired, leading to pressure, pain, impaired hearing, persistent ear infections, tinnitus, or other symptoms.

ETD affects approximately 1 percent of adults.


With the AERA Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation 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 tube. This may help the Eustachian tube to function properly again. After the tube is dilated, the doctor deflates and removes the balloon.

ETD has normally been treated with medication and ear tube surgery. However, not fixing the underlying problem can lead to chronic symptoms and complaints, or more serious conditions like infections or related long-term complications.

You can read more about CEENTA's involvement in researching this procedure on our blog.

You can also read more about CEENTA's balloon dilation training session for regional doctors in this blog.

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