Why should I use Otovent?
Otovent can be used in any situation where you cannot clear negative middle ear pressure (Eustachian tube dysfunction), otitis media with effusion, during or after a flight, after diving, pressure chamber treatment). If left untreated, these conditions may lead to a temporary sensation of heaviness and impaired hearing. After a few weeks, fluid may also collect in the middle ear. Otovent equalises the pressure and relieves the symptoms in the middle ear.
How does the Otovent method work?
The Otovent method can be divided into two phases. Both phases allow the opening of the Eustachian tube.
The Inflation Phase
When you inflate the balloon by blowing through your nostril
The Deflation Phase
(To be used only if the inflation phase is ineffective): when you let the air flow from the balloon into your nostril, and perform a sequence of swallowing maneuvres.
You are recommended to use the inflation phase the first few times you use Otovent. However, only in the event that you do not feel any pressure equalisation as a result of the inflation phase should you use both phases.
Who can use Otovent?
Adults and children aged 3 years and up. The treatment of children should always be supervised by an adult.
How often and how long should I use Otovent?
Initially, Otovent should be used at least three times a day (morning, noon, evening). After one week, it should be used at least twice a day (morning and evening). The normal duration of treatment is 2 – 3 weeks, after which a physician should decide whether or not to continue with the treatment. Each medical balloon may be inflated a maximum of 20 times.
When should Otovent not be used?
Otovent should not be used if you are suffering from acute otitis media or upper respiratory tract infection.
How do I use Otovent?
- Connect the balloon to the nose piece
- Hold the round part of the nose piece firmly against your right nostril with your right hand. Press your left nostril closed, using the fingers of your left hand
- Inhale deeply and close your mouth, inflate the balloon until it is the size of a grapefruit, by blowing through your right nostril
- Repeat the procedure with your left nostril
Some patients may experience discomfort in the ear or dizziness during inflation. This initial sensation will decrease during the next inflation and is an indication that the procedure is working correctly.
If you do not feel anything in your ear, then when the balloon is inflated, still with your mouth closed, and with the nose-piece firmly against your nostril:
- Perform a sequence of swallowing maneuvers (do not swallow the air from the balloon)
- Repeat the above steps with your left nostril