Manufacturer Recommended Treatment Guidelines
Fluid in the Middle Ear (Otitis Media with Effusion/Middle Ear Effusion)
To treat fluid in the middle ear, treatment with the EarPopper should be done twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening, for seven to eleven weeks according to a clinical study. In the study group, hearing was restored to normal in 74% of patients after seven weeks of treatment and 85% after eleven weeks of treatment. There appears to be no contraindication to extended use.
One treatment consists of four total swallows. The EarPopper should be used once in each nostril, then wait 5 minutes and repeat once again in each nostril for a total of four swallows.
Remember the treatment only occurs at the moment of swallowing while the device is running.
Helpful hint : When using the EarPopper with a young child:
- Hold the EarPopper nosepiece beneath the nostril and push the power button, to allow them to get used to the sensation of air entering the nose.
- Hold the EarPopper nosepiece against the nostril, and pinch the other nostril shut.
- A sip of water to hold in their mouth may help encourage them to swallow with their mouth closed.
- Then repeat on the other nostril.
Treatment of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Aerotitis/Barotitis
A clinical study has demonstrated that negative pressure in the middle ear can be relieved by use of the EarPopper. Patients can use the EarPopper as needed. Often relief will occur after only one treatment.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can cause development of negative pressure in the middle ear due to a lack of ventilation and can lead to Otitis Media with Effusion, Aerotitis/Barotitis.
Aerotitis/Barotitis is a result of negative middle ear pressure caused by rapid elevation changes (airplane travel, diving, mountain climbing, etc.).