The Eustachian tube in the ear is very important to the brain. Why, you ask? It's because the eustachian tube equalizes air pressure in the ear and it also serves to drain secretions and particles from the middle ear space. When the muscles in the back of the throat and palate do not function properly(regulate the opening and closing of the tube) the eustachian tube in the ear will function improperly. When the eustachian tube is unable to regulate air pressure, ear fullness and or pain can occur and the hearing of sound is affected. The sound one hears is that of a muffled sound. This can occur when the eustachian tube is narrow and fluid along with air are not balanced properly. This can affect the hearing and result in brain developmental difficulty as a result of fluid buildup in the middle ear. With instances that involve fluid accumulation, usually a minor procedure that involves placing a spool type of ventilation tube in the ears which is called a grommet is placed inside the affected eardrum(s) after an incision is made to remove the fluid from the ear. The grommet is used to ventilate the ear to allow air to enter and equalize the air pressure in the ear. Over time the grommet falls out of the ear since this procedure is used to remove fluid buildup on a temporary basis. The issue still remains when you have children who become adults with mental and physical challenges whose skills are affected which causes the eustachian tube, to not being able to function properly on a regular basis- should there be procedures that allow for a more permanent placement of ear ventilation tubes or grommet to ensure that air pressure can be maintained in the ears of a developmentally disabled person?
Aphasia is known as a communication disorder that occurs when parts of the brain that control language and or speech are affected. It occurs mainly in the left brain. Aphasia causes problems in reading, writing, listening and speaking. A person with narrow or damaged eustachian tubes may have fluid buildup in the middle ear that is impacting brain development based on the sound that he or she may hear and affect their ability to interpret. Wouldn't it be great to see if the middle ear actually affects the brain neurologically, over long periods of time as a result of fluid buildup in the ears? I think so also.
The tympanometry test is a test to measure how the ear drum reacts with regards to ear pressure. If an ear drum is free from fluid, then it should move easily. If the ear drum seems to move slow, sluggish or not at all then there is an indication of fluid buildup. The EEG or electroencephalogram and it's quantitative, measures the brain's electrical activity. Slow brain wave activity and sharp or prominent waves indicate brain abnormality during the alertness of the person. If the tympanometry EEG and EEG Quantitative test were combined and used as a way to measure brain function if affected by fluid retention, this would prove to be an invaluable diagnostic method for eustachian tube aphasia. How would this work? Yes, I've thought of that. Let's say patient, Mr. Muffles talks in a muffled tone of voice. He appears seizure prone as he acts out because of his non-verbal conformity to life. A member of Mr. Muffles family really wanted to get him some sort of help, but due to his age as an adult he did not qualify for child services but still needed assistance. Mr. Muffles was able to get help from an organization that assists people like him with developmental issues that were remedied with advanced testing and therapeutic therapy. For him it was like the 1800's all over again, "People usually did nothing about it, but take a nap!" Mr. Muffles clean shaven head was connected with several wifi electrodes that had snap on sensors to record the electrical activity of his brain. A tympanometry test was given as a probe was placed in each of his ears to measure the ear drum for air pressure movement. It was found that Mr. Muffles eardrum's barely moved, much like the job opportunities for Mr. Muffles sister and that Mr. Muffles brain waves were slow and prominent, which meant that he was agitated and about to act out. Without being able to comprehend or talk due to eustachian tube impairment Mr. Muffles brain moved without activity as if it were shut out from the outside world and it only entertained itself with auditory noises as neurological problems occurred. The doctors and assistants worked out a treatment plan for Mr. Muffles, so that he would have the fluid drained from his inner ears and grommet tube placement on a permanent basis due to his eustachian tube impairment. Once his hearing improved he was given another tympanometry EEG test, the electrical activity of his brain seemed to improve as did his eardrum movement. Mr. Muffles also began cognitive and speech-language therapy to improve upon his communication with himself and others. The Tympanometry EEG and EEG Quantitative test-for when speech and language seems to be taking a nap!