ear tubes

Both are meant to restore hearing and comfort. Both minimize ear pressure. But ear tubes are devices meant to be placed long term in the ear drum, while treatment with the ACCLARENT AERA® is a brief procedure which does not require any placement of tubes or devices.


ACCLARENT AERA® is a procedure that gently but firmly puts pressure on swollen tissues to create an opening.

  • Balloon is placed through the nose
  • Natural anatomy is preserved
  • No cutting required
  • Safe and minimally invasive
  • A nonsurgical approach to treat persistent ETD
  • Designed specifically to treat the Eustachian tubes

Ear tubes

Ear tubes are just that: tiny cylinders inserted through the ear drum in a hospital setting that permit air to enter the middle ear. They also may be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or PE (pressure equalization) tubes.

  • The ear drum is cut or perforated
  • Tubes are supposed to fall out after a year or two. If needed, the procedure is repeated
  • Tubes may need to be replaced several times1


1. Ear Tubes. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ear-tubes/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20200014 on July 19, 2017.


Indications For Use

The ACCLARENT AERA® Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is intended to dilate the Eustachian tube for treatment of persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction in adults ages 18 and older.

Important Safety Information

Acclarent Technology is intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Eustachian tube balloon dilation has associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible carotid artery injury. Consult your physician for a full discussion of risks and benefits to determine whether this procedure is right for you. The success of this procedure depends on many factors, including your physical condition and your body’s ability to tolerate the procedure. Use care in the selection of your doctors and hospital, based on their skill and experience.

Caution: Federal (US) law restricts the sale, distribution or use of these devices to, by or on the order of a physician.

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