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Ear Foundation of Santa Barbara
2420 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4346
The Ear Foundation (of Santa Barbara) is a non-profit, voluntary organization whose mission is to analyze the pathophysiology of exceptional otologic (ear related) diseases or disorders as to the cause(s), and pursue and develop potential conservative and safe remedies in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, and international co-investigators in related ear, nose and throat study projects; to apply transitional medicine principles for the advancement of the treatment of these diseases and disorders; and to provide professional and public education through seminars, conferences, presentations and informational programs. In patulous eustachian tube (PET) disorder, the eustachian tube stays open most of the time. The eustachian tube is a passageway from the back of the nose to the middle ear that may be opened or closed by action of a valve-like device. Under normal circumstances, it remains closed for most of the day, opening only on occasion to equalize air pressure in the middle ear and the exterior environment. If the tube remains open, the patient complains of hearing one’s own voice or one’s breathing as too loud (autophony), hearing echoes of one’s own voice, or hearing ocean waves much like the sound produced by holding a shell over one’s ear. The condition is benign but may generate, over time, serious and even extreme responses to the abnormal sounds.
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