salpingopharyngeus

sal·pin·go·pha·ryn·ge·us (mus·cle)

[TA]
origin, medial lamina of cartilaginous part of auditory tube; insertion, longitudinal muscular layer of pharynx in association with musculus palatopharyngeus; action, assists in elevating pharynx and, according to some, assists in opening the auditory tube during swallowing; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus.

salpingopharyngeus

(săl-pĭng″gō-făr-ĭn′jē-ŭs) [″ + pharynx, throat]
The muscle near the opening of the eustachian tube that raises the nasopharynx and also may help open the eustachian tube.
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During swallowing, constriction of the tensor veli palatini tenses the soft palate and constriction of the levator veli palatini elevates the soft palate, opening the Eustachian tube orifice along with the tensor tympani and the salpingopharyngeus muscles.
As several muscles are involved in opening and closing the Eustachian tube (salpingopharyngeus, levator veli palatini, tensor veli palatini, and tensor tympani), it is possible that disruption of the tone of these muscles can lead to Eustachian tube dysfunction and that manipulation of the ear restores normal tone.