Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation


The Acclarent Aera Eustachian tube balloon dilation system is the first device that was approved by the US FDA to dilate the Eustachian tube. The Acclarent Aera system uses a small balloon to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition in which pressure, pain or clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear.

With the Acclarent Aera 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 Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function. After the Eustachian tube is dilated, the doctor deflates and removes the balloon.

Clinical Support
  • Results from clinical studies demonstrated a 99.7% technical success rate in Eustachian tubes dilated.
  • Studies also found a greater rate of tympanogram normalization than control subjects treated with medical management alone (51.8% vs. 13.9%)
  • Additionally, there were zero reported serious device- or procedure-related adverse events.

House Clinic offers Eustachian tube balloon dilation in both Los Angeles and Orange County. Consult with a House Clinic physician to see if Eustachian tube balloon dilation may be an appropriate option.


AERA Fact Sheet

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction - Patient Questionaire (ETDQ-7)