Can Mold Cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Are you wondering if your Eustachian tube dysfunction could possibly caused by mold exposure? The short answer is yes, mold can cause Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) on its own, or at least be a contributing factor in causing ETD. It is well known that allergies and infections are one of the most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction, and mold is known to cause allergies and infections. Infections and allergens such as mold can cause inflammation and mucus buildup which clogs the Eustachian tube and causes ETD symptoms.

anatomy of the human ear

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)?

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) is a condition that occurs when the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the throat, gets clogged and therefore stops function correctly.

Common Symptoms of ETD

  • Difficulty hearing
  • Ear ringing
  • Clicking or popping sounds
  • A feeling that ears are “plugged” or “clogged”
  • Pain that feels like an ear infection
  • Dizziness, vertigo or balance problems
  • A “tickling” feeling in your ears

Who Commonly Gets Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)?

While individuals of any age can develop Eustachian tube dysfunction, it is much more common in infants and children. In fact, only about 1% of adults are diagnosed with ETD, while an estimated 70% of children experience Eustachian tube dysfunction before reaching the age of 7.

How to Treat ETD

Since ETD is caused by a blockage of the Eustachian tube, you need to remove the blockage and whatever caused the inflammation and mucus buildup in the first place. While this blockage can sometimes clear up on its own or with the help of some simple remedies like chewing gum or swallowing frequently, it can persist if the underlying cause of the dysfunction is not properly addressed. Here’s how to teat ETD depending on what the underline cause is:

  1. Mold: If your ETD is caused by mold, you must get rid of the mold in your property to fully treat the ETD.
  2. Infection: If your ETD is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed to get rid of the infection.

Treatments such as nasal steroid sprays, decongestants, or surgical procedures may also be needed to address more severe cases.


Exposure to mold can result in or exacerbate Eustachian tube dysfunction along with other health issues. Allowing mold to grow in your property negatively impacts your health and property, so it is highly recommended to seek professional assistance immediately. Our team of experts can help you eliminate mold and prevent future infestations. Call us now for a free quote!