Eustachi is a handheld, battery-operated device that claims to physically condition the Eustachian Tube System to help unplug ears and eliminate discomfort in seconds, even if you’ve already tried yawning, chewing gum, and pinching your nose without success.
Eustachi is claimed to help with the general physical conditioning of the Eustachian Tube system over 2 steps:
- Hold Eustachi tightly against one nostril and plug the opposite nostril with your free hand. You’ll want to make sure the seal is as tight as possible in order to prevent any air from escaping.
- Then, push Eustachi’s button. This will activate the internal air pump, which will allow the regulated air to flow. Then, all you have to do is swallow while maintaining the air flow for a couple seconds. You can take a sip of water to help the process.
You’ll know Eustachi worked if your ears feel more open, and you might even be able to hear a bit sharper. At this point, you can then exercise the other side of your Eustachian system by applying Eustachi to the opposite nostril.
According to the product’s website, Eustachi is safe and simple to use anywhere, is designed for years of use, and is perfect for frequent air travelers, cold and allergy sufferers, and even scuba divers. And when you’re finished using it, Eustachi easily slips into a purse or briefcase.
But before you hand over your money, let’s answer some of your most pressing questions about Eustachi.
What Are Eustachian Tubes?
According to WebMD, “The Eustachian tubes connect the middle ears to the back of the throat. The tubes help the ears drain fluid. They also keep air pressure in the ears at the right level.
When you swallow or yawn, the tubes open briefly to let air in to make the pressure in the middle ears equal to the pressure outside of the ears. Sometimes fluid or negative pressure gets stuck in the middle ear. The pressure outside the ear gets too high. This causes ear pain and sometimes trouble hearing,” resulting in something known as Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.
As a result, the forced air provided by Eustachi is claimed to aid in the swallowing/clearing process, and to help equalize the air pressure in your middle ear.
Is There Clinical Evidence Showing Eustachi Works?
There isn’t any clinical evidence provided on Eustachi’s website (or elsewhere online) showing the device works as advertised, although there is a very similar medical-grade device on the market known as EarPopper (we’ll talk more about this in the Customer Reviews section).
On EarPopper’s Studies page, they reference 5 different clinical studies showing that the device can help reduce symptoms related to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, although there’s no way to know how Eustachi’s performance will compare to EarPopper, or if it will provide you the same level of relief.
What’s Causing Your Ear Blockage?
Next, it’s important to note that there are numerous factors that can lead to a feeling of fullness within your Eustachian tube system, including middle ear and respiratory infections, excess ear wax buildup, allergies, and much more. Because of this, a “stuffed up” Eustachian system may just be a symptom of a bigger underlying problem that Eustachi may not help address.
Because of this, we’d recommend speaking with your physician first.
Other Eustachian Tube Devices & Options
Finally, when it comes to conditioning your Eustachian system, remember that there are multiple methods you can use. This obviously involves the standard options of plugging your nose and forcing air up (known as a Valsalva maneuver), in addition to swallowing, yawning, chewing gum, and placing a warm washcloth next to your ear.
However, depending on the severity of your Eustachian problems, you may also be required to use nasal decongestants, antihistamines (if caused by allergies), nasal corticosteroids, and in the most severe cases, surgical interventions such as a myringotomy or having pressure equalization tubes installed.
Also, it’s important to note that there are other, nearly identical, products available on the market to condition your Eustachian system, perhaps the most popular of which is the EarPopper, although this is much more expensive than Eustachi.
To see what other products are available to help relieve Eustachian discomfort, type the phrases “Eustachian tube device” or “Eustachian tube products” into your favorite search engine.
Customer Reviews for Eustachi
Despite the fact that Eustachi’s URL has been registered since August 2014, there weren’t any online customer reviews available for the product at the time of our research. There also isn’t any company information provided on the Eustachi website.
However, online customer reviews for EarPopper appear to be primarily positive, with common compliments citing good clearing capabilities and ease of use. On the other hand, numerous consumers claimed the EarPopper failed to provide any results, and more than one claimed you can get the same results by placing one end of a straw in your mouth and the other end in your nostril, and then gently blowing.
Again, as we mentioned above, there’s no way to know if Eustachi will perform as well as EarPopper, although EarPopper costs roughly 3X the price of Eustachi.
Eustachi Pricing & Refund Policy
Eustachi is priced at $59.95 plus $9.99 S&H, and includes a free carrying case.
Note: Your Eustachi requires2 AA batteries to work, which are not included.
Eustachi comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at (877) 843-8253.
Will Eustachi Relieve Your Pressure?
Chopping to the Point: While the basic idea behind Eustachi has been clinically tested with the very similar EarPopper device, there’s no way to know if Eustachi will work as well. On top of this, whether or not Eustachi will help relieve your middle ear pressure depends largely on the underlying cause, as well as your physician’s diagnosis.
As such, we might recommend speaking with your doctor prior to placing your Eustachi order. Even then, should you end up dissatisfied, keep in mind that you could lose upwards of $20 in non-refundable S&H charges.
5 out 6 people found this review helpful
Eustachi Really Works!
I hate to fly because my ears always hurt and it takes days to unplug them. Forget gum, blowing my nose, etc., none of these work for me. My neighbor has a Eustachi and when I found I had to fly up to Boston she told me to take hers.
I felt sort of self conscious the first time I used it on the plane but it works so well and so fast! It really is a great little device.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend