If ventilation of the Eustachian tube is disturbed, pressure equalisation cannot be achieved. Unpleasant sensations like a feeling of pressure and muffled hearing remain.
A very good method for treating disturbed ventilation of the Eustachian tube is balloon dilation using TubaVent®. This minimally invasive intervention is performed under brief anaesthesia using a balloon: A doctor inserts a balloon catheter into the cartilaginous part of the Eustachian tube through the nose and / or mouth. Then he / she fills the balloon, building up a pressure of 10 bar and holding it for two minutes. This way, the bottlenecks within the auditory
tube are dilated. This restores the function of the auditory tube thus allowing both the normal exchange of air and the equalisation of pressures.
In case of narrow anatomic conditions, for example in children, a shorter insertion path is better suited and allows easier handling. According to this requirement, TubaVent® short has been developed in combination with the single-use insertion instrument TubaInsert®. The catheter has been optimally adapted to the single-use insertion instrument and equipped with an especially rounded tip.
The TubaClean® catheter was developed in order to be able to probe and ﬂush the tube also in the course of middle ear surgery.