The Ear Foundation Santa Barbara
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I know if I have a Patulous Eustachian Tube?
A: Most patients report a sensation of hearing their own voice (autophony) or their own loud breath sounds (amphoria), but their otolaryngologist observes normal ear anatomy etc. Once he or she inspects the eardrum, it is observed to move to and fro with respiratory movements. There are diagnostic tests to also identify the movement of the tympanic membrane. As a rare disease, it is often undiagnosed by even the most astute physician.
Q: How can I get the supplement?
A: You may order through our website “Products” link, or call the office (805) 569-1111.
Q: How long does it usually take to see the results?
A: These drops should relieve your symptoms with a month of continuous use. Depending on how open your tube is, it may respond right away OR take up to a month before experiencing results. Because we have not examined you – we cannot know how open it is.
Q: What is the maximum number of times I should use the drops (or maximum number of drops) per day?
A: Every individual has a different size and configuration of the Eustachian tube opening. Some may require only two drops delivered to the Eustachian tube opening to produce adequate closure. The first time the supplement is taken, it may require more drops (4-6) until the technique is mastered and you become efficient at sniffing the supplement just back far enough to the Eustachian tube and then stopping at that point so that it is absorbed at the opening. Within two-three weeks, one is usually more proficient at administering the drops and can relieve the disturbing symptoms with 2-4 drops to produce the same effect. We do not give medical advice, but hopefully this general information might be helpful to you..
Q: How long does it take for people to notice an improvement?
A: It varies. Once people are on the supplement they usually notice a significant improvement within a few months. Most subjects will become symptom free within a year and not require the supplement except for occasional intervals in which they have a brief recurrence of their symptoms.
Q: What is the cost of the supplement?
A: PatulEND 15 is our regular version which is $48.00 per bottle. Our specialty PatulEND 10 (less strength) and PatulEND 20 (higher strength) cost $58.00 per bottle.
Q: Do you have figures for how often it works for patients? How long should a container of drops last?
A: If you are indeed diagnosed with Patulous Eustachian Tube Disorder, the drops will work. There are a lot of variables with each individual and it is difficult to predict the individual’s exact results. As to how long a bottle will last, it depends on if you use it daily, and if you need it for both ears. Of course, at first you may use the bottle up faster as you gain experience with the placement of the drops. After that the average is about three months from one bottle.
Q: Is it important to have my head positioned correctly?
A: The position of your head is very critical to getting the drops to just the right spot. Only then can the healing begin and symptoms subside.
If you are having difficulty administering the drops, take the nose drops and instructions with you to your physician that made the diagnosis to show you the best angle to administer the drops - your doctor knows your particular anatomy such as a deviated nasal septum, prior nasal surgery, trauma or allergic congestion. In some cases, the technique and position may need to be modified to receive maximum benefit of the drops for PET.
Q: Is the stinging normal?
A: You should experience a stinging sensation when instilling the nose drops. This is purposeful and is necessary to stimulate the eustachian tube mechanism to close. The stinging may last 30-60 seconds.
Q: How do I contact the Ear Foundation?
A: You can reach the Ear Foundation at (805) 569-1111. Or send a written request to:
The Ear Foundation
2420 Castillo Street, Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-4346