While otologic complaints are a common reason for patients to present to an otolaryngologist, Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) remains a poorly understood disease whose management is unclear. Among the general population in the United States, ETD has a prevalence of 4.6% among adults and 6.1% among children. Eustachian tube dysfunction is not just a common diagnosis for otolaryngologists, ETD accounted for 2 million visits for patients less than 20 years old to primary care providers and over 2 million visits for patients older than 20 years old between 2005 and 2012. Despite the commonality of ETD, opinions differ wildly among otolaryngologist on the management of these patients.
Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Lafferty, David J. and McKinnon, Brian J, "To Balloon or Not to Balloon, The Current State of Management of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction." (2020). Otolaryngology (ENT) Resident Research. 58.