The eustachian tube connects the middle ear (the part behind the eardrum) and the throat. The eustachian tube may be blocked due to various reasons, including infection and allergy. Symptoms include blocking feeling, water shifting sensation and pain.
Glue ear in adults is a common complication of eustachian tube dysfunction, characterized by the collection of fluid behind the eardrum.
Many cases improve over weeks. Intranasal and oral steroids can also be used. Operations might be needed in some patients.
The specific acupuncture technique we use acts on the nerve regulating the mucosa of the eustachian tube. It has no systematic side effects compared to antihistamines. Patients normally experience relief within minutes in both ears.
Treatment objects and protocol
The aim of treatment is the complete resolution of glue ear after 4-6 treatments. The initial 2 treatments will be performed within 1 week. The rest of the treatments will be performed weekly.
Acupuncture is a well-tolerated safe treatment. The specific technique with strong stimulation may be used. Local anaesthesia can be offered, but the injection fo anaesthesia agent may cause more discomfort compared to needling.
1st and 2nd treatments: $ 250
subsequent treatments within 3 months: $200
Medicare rebate: $107.25
Total out-of-pock cost (4 sessions): $ 471