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    Patulous Eustachian Tube

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Patulous Eustachian Tube is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    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
    1444 I Street NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20005
    United States
    Tel: (202)449-1100
    Fax: (703)684-6048
    Tel: (800)327-9355
    Email: mail@betterhearing.org
    Internet: http://www.betterhearing.org

    Starkey Hearing Foundation
    6700 Washington Avenue South
    Suite 300
    Eden Prairie,, MN 55344
    United States
    Tel: (866)354-3254
    Fax: (952)828-6946
    Tel: (800)648-4327
    TDD: (800)648-4327
    Email: joanita@sotheworldmayhear.org
    Internet: http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org/

    American Hearing Research Foundation
    8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 1205
    Chicago, IL 60603-4539
    USA
    Tel: (312)726-9670
    Fax: (312)726-9695
    Email: sparmet@american-hearing.org
    Internet: http://www.american-hearing.org/

    NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
    Communication Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
    Tel: (301)402-0900
    Fax: (301)907-8830
    Tel: (800)241-1044
    TDD: (800)241-1105
    Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

    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
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    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 93105-4346
    Tel: (805)569-1111
    Fax: (805)563-2277
    Email: info@earfdn.org
    Internet: http://earfdn.org/index.htm

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 3/17/2008
    Copyright 1986, 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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