【Testimonial】I've got better though I was much distressed for 2 years!!!(Patulous Eustachian tube) ～Kobe, Sanda, Nishinomiya, therapy room～
In her thirties
She had come to our office several times because she often felt stiff in her upper back, shoulders, and trapezius muscle. She worked hard with much mental stress.
One day, she came here with auditory symptoms which were hard to heal. That was called Patulous Eustachian tube, which had lasted for 2 years. She heard her own voice awkwardly, and also had tinnitus. In those days, her mental stress got bigger and bigger, and auditory symptoms degenerated much.
She went to the ontological clinic for 1 and a half year, and she took a pills or Chinese herbal medicine, but they didn't make her better. It took 1 year and a half for her to come here.
Because she benefited from our therapy with shoulder stiffness, she thought that her auditory symptoms might go away with our theray.
Patulous Eustachian tube (PET) is the name of a physical disorder where the Eustachian tube, which is normally closed, instead stays intermittently open.
When this occurs, the person experiences autophony, the hearing of self-generated sounds. These sounds, such as one's own breathing, voice, and heartbeat, vibrate directly onto the ear drum and can create a "bucket on the head" effect. PET is a form of eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), which is said to be present in about 1 percent of the general population.
With patulous Eustachian tube, variations in upper airway pressure associated with respiration are transmitted to the middle ear through the Eustachian tube. This causes an unpleasant fullness feeling in the middle ear and alters the auditory perception. Complaints seem to include muffled hearing and autophony. In addition, patulous Eustachian tube generally feels dry with no clogged feeling or sinus pressure.
Some patients with this condition are disturbed by the perceived volume of their voice, causing them to speak very quietly. Their own voice may also sound lower to other people, because the trachea has more volume when the Eustachian tube is open. The patient may also sound as if they have congestion when speaking. Some sufferers may have difficulty in normal activities. They may also experience increased breathing rate, such as that brought on by physical activity. The increased activity not only increases the rate and force of pressure changes in the airway, which is therefore transmitted more forcefully into the middle ear, but also drives increased blood flow to peripheral muscles, compounding the problem by further depleting the Eustachian tube of extracellular fluid and increasing patency. The combination can lead to severe exacerbation of the symptoms. The urge to clear the ear is often mentioned.
Autophonia (self-hearing from inside, strongly amplified) seems to be a common symptom to all PET patients. Unfortunately, its presence also reveals an advanced degree of patency, requiring in most cases surgical management. Other symptoms of PET, such as tinnitus, fullness and ear blockage, can also be reported by patients suffering from obstructive ET dysfunction. This differential diagnosis problem unfortunately leads to some surgeries proposed by well-intentioned but inexperienced ENT surgeons. Some of these surgeries may make things worse.
At the beginning, patients hear their own voice or its echo from inside. They describe it as being amplified and unpleasant. Patients frequently avoid speaking and retire in a rising solitude. Lying head down may help since it increases venous blood pressure and congestion of the mucosa.
Patulous Eustachian tube
I had autophony and tinnitus. Two years have passed since I got this disease, and thought I consulted a doctor and took Chinese herbal medicine, I almost gave up improving. I knew that the cause was mental stress, but these days the symptoms were worse and worse, so I came here. Sympathetic nerve dominated my body, and I felt very tense during the day or night. My therapist advises me to do abdominal type of respiration every night before going to bed. My doctor get Hi-Volt therapy on my neck and put round skin acupuncture on me. Thanks to these therapies, I realize that my nerve balance is getting even. I've got better!!!
Thank you very much. I'll be careful not to think too much.
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