The Acclarent
AERA® Procedurefeaturing the ACCLARENT AERA® Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

How it works

During the procedure, the ACCLARENT AERA® system dilates (opens up) your Eustachian tube through use of a small balloon.

  • The balloon is guided through your nose and into your Eustachian tube
  • Once in place, it is inflated to open up or widen your Eustachian tube to relieve any pressure imbalance or blockage that could be causing you discomfort
  • After your Eustachian tube has been widened, the balloon is deflated and removed from your Eustachian tube

What to expect

  • Safe and minimally invasive
  • A minimally invasive approach to treat persistent ETD
  • Designed specifically to treat the Eustachian tube


How much time does it take?
Because the procedure is minimally invasive,
it may not require a lengthy recovery.

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Short recovery time
  • Preserves natural anatomy
  • Minimally invasive
  • No cuts or incisions required

What are the differences between ACCLARENT AERA® and 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
Reference: 1. Ear Tubes. (2017). Retrieved from on July 19, 2017.