Patulous Eustachian Tube

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • P.E.T.
  • pET

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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.

Resources

Better Hearing Institute
515 King Street, Suite 420
Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Tel: (703)684-3391
Fax: (703)684-6048
Tel: (800)327-9355
Email: mail@betterhearing.org
Internet: http://www.betterhearing.org

EAR (Education and Auditory Research Foundation
P.O. Box 330867
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615)627-2724
Tel: (800)545-4327
TDD: (615)284-7849
Email: suzanne@earfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.earfoundation.org

NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (Balance)
National Temporal Bone, Hearing
and Balance Pathology Resource Registry
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114-3096
Fax: (617)573-3838
Tel: (800)822-1327
TDD: (888)561-3277
Email: TBRegistry@meei.harvard.edu
Internet: http://www.tbregistry.org

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
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

American Academy of Audiology
11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
Tel: (703)790-8466
Fax: (703)790-8631
Tel: (800)222-2336
Email: infoaud@audiology.org
Internet: http://www.audiology.org

Ear Foundation (of Santa Barbara)
2420 Castillo Street
Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-5307
Tel: (805)563-1111
Fax: (805)563-2277
Email: earfdn@aol.com
Internet: http://www.EarFdn.org

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