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Barotrauma Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is ETD caused by changes in barometric pressure. This type of ETD can be experienced when flying, diving, driving up a mountain or simply riding an elevator.

You are more likely to suffer from barotrauma ETD if you participate in certain activities where there are frequent changes in pressure. These activities include hiking, scuba diving, flying and rock climbing.


Symptoms are similar to other forms of ETD but tend to go away as air pressure regulates and goes back to normal. If symptoms persist in steady atmospheric pressure for longer than two weeks, it may be time to seek treatment.

  • Feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Muffled hearing
  • Popping and crackling sounds in ear
  • Inner-ear pain
  • Issues with balance

Barotrauma ETD can be treated with Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation.

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