To prepare for your low pressure therapy, you’ll need to have a tiny ventilation tube (vent tube) inserted in the eardrum of your affected ear. This allows the micropressure pulses of the low pressure therapy device to reach the part of your ear that is causing your symptoms.
While the make-up of a healthcare team will vary with each individual the following medical professionals are usually involved your therapy:
The otolaryngologist, or ENT doctor, specialises in diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. An otologist is an ear specialist. Your primary care doctor will usually send you to one of these specialists when he or she suspects you might have Ménière’s disease.
Once you and your doctor determine that low pressure therapy is the right treatment for you, the ENT or ear specialist will give you a prescription so that you can order your low pressure pulse device. Then, he or she will insert a vent tube in your eardrum. This specialist will also show you how to perform your treatments and provide follow-up care.
A nurse will usually attend the ENT or ear specialist during the vent tube procedure. He or she may assist you to be as comfortable as possible during the short operation.
If there’s something you don’t understand about the therapy or the vent tube procedure, be sure to ask your doctor to explain it further.
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