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Are tubes a successful treatment for eustachian tube

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Are tubes a successful treatment for eustachian tube dysfunction?
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What type of tube placement are you talking about?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

tubes in the eardrum

That is a very good question. And it depends on why your eustachian tubes are not working.
If your primary problem is infection/inflammation/gunk in your middle ear and the tubes themselves are still structurally intact, then. Yes. It may work, in that it will allow the middle ear issue to be addressed and hopefully resolved.
Tubes, depending on the type and design, only stay in place for 8 to 12 months so this would not be a solution if your eustachian tubes were anatomically destroyed.
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