By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
December 06, 2018
Category: Ear Infection
Tags: ear infections  

Could your child have an ear infection? An ear infection happens when your child gets infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum. If you think your child has an ear infection, take him or her to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor. West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery, with offices in Thousand Oaks, CA, Simi Valley, CA, Oxnard, CA, and Camarillo, CA, offers treatments for ear infections. Read on to learn more!

Ear Infections Overview- Ear infections are common in kids, though they can develop in both children and adults. Ear infections occur when fluid builds up in the middle ear and they are the most common reason parents bring their children to an ENT doctor. Ear infections can cause temporary hearing loss in children, so it's a good idea to take your child to a doctor if you suspect that they may have come down with one.

Causes of Ear Infections- Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria that occurs when fluid builds up in the ear, and they often begin after a child has a sore throat or a cold. Eustachian tubes are smaller in kids than they are in adults, which can make it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear. Consequently, children are more likely to get ear infections than adults.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection- The most common symptom of an ear infection is an earache. Older children may complain of an earache, but an infant might just pull and tug at the ear and cry more often. A low-grade fever is another one of the hallmarks of an ear infection in children. You may also notice white or yellow fluid draining from your child's ear.

Diagnosis of Ear Infections- An ENT doctor can diagnose an ear infection based on the described symptoms and an exam. The doctor may also use a lighted instrument, called an otoscope, to examine your child's eardrum and check for fluid behind the eardrum.

Treatment of Ear Infections- The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to be taken over seven to ten days, and/or an over-the-counter pain reliever or eardrops to help with fever and pain. It's important to make sure your child takes the medications exactly as prescribed and for the full amount of time. Stopping the medication too soon could allow the infection to come back.

An ear infection can affect your child's daily activities and make life miserable. Call West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery at 805-379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA. Call 805-527-7320 to schedule an appointment in Simi Valley, CA. Call 805-983-0395 to schedule an appointment in Oxnard, CA. Call 805-484-5929 to schedule an appointment in Camarillo, CA. We will help your child achieve relief with little expense or trouble.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 16, 2018
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Find out more about hearing loss, its symptoms and how to treat it.

Hearing loss happens more often than you might realize. In fact, you may have some degree of hearing loss and not even know it. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves rather often? Do you have to turn up the radio or your headphones to understand the lyrics of a song? If you said yes to these questions, you could very well have some hearing loss, an issue that should be checked out by our Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Ventura County, CA, audiologists and otolaryngologists. Read below for some answers to the frequently asked questions about hearing loss!

Q. What causes hearing loss?

A. There are many factors that can contribute to hearing loss. While age is certainly a common reason why hearing loss occurs, other causes include exposure to extreme or excessive noises, birth defects, ear infections, genetics, and even certain cancer treatments. If you have age-related hearing loss, it will most often affect both ears rather than just one.

Q. What are the warning signs of hearing loss?

A. More often than not, hearing loss occurs slowly over time, which is why it isn’t always easy to tell whether you are dealing with this problem. Of course, you may have friends or family members making comments regarding your hearing, in which case it is important to ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel like people are mumbling around you?
  • Do you have trouble following a conversation if there are several people talking?
  • Do you have to turn up the radio or television to hear what they are saying?
  • Do you ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do you sometimes hear a ringing in your ears (tinnitus)?
  • Do you withdrawal from social conversations because you can’t understand what they are saying?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding people in loud environments like a crowded restaurant?

If you said “yes” to some of these questions, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with one of our Camarillo audiologists and otolaryngologists. When performing a physical exam, most doctors will not check your hearing. This is why it’s important to come to us for a proper evaluation so that we can determine whether or not you have hearing loss.

Q. How is hearing loss diagnosed?

A. When you come into our office, we will physically examine both ears. We will also perform simple tests to help us diagnose hearing loss. Pure-tone audiometry is another test used to check for hearing loss. During this test, you will wear headphones and listen to different frequencies and pitches to see what you can and cannot hear.

Q. Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?

A. A hearing aid is the gold standard for helping you manage your hearing loss. Of course, it’s important to understand that a hearing aid will not cure your hearing loss, it simply amplifies certain sounds to make them easier to hear. There are several different kinds of hearing aids and we would be happy to sit down with you to determine the right one for you.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, it’s important that you call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat for an evaluation. We have offices in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Ventura County, CA, to serve you better. Schedule your hearing screening today by calling (805) 379-9646.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
November 13, 2018
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Dealing with hearing loss in Oxnard, CA? Let us help you!

Hearing LossAnyone can have hearing loss, from children to senior citizens. In fact, approximately 15 percent of Americans over the age of 18 have said that they have some difficulty hearing. Wondering what causes hearing loss and how to protect your precious hearing? Turn to our Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors and audiologists for the answers you’re looking for to prevent or treat your hearing loss.

What causes hearing loss?

The most common cause of hearing loss is age. As we get older, most people will develop some degree of hearing loss in both ears. Of course, other factors that can affect your hearing include,

  • Ear infections
  • Genetics
  • Birth defects
  • Extreme noises

Both age and exposure to loud noises can lead to damage of the cochlea’s nerve cells and hairs, which is responsible for sending sound to the brain for it to interpret. If the hair or nerve cells are damaged, the signal isn’t properly transmitted to the brain, which results in hearing loss.

Is hearing loss preventable?

One of the best ways to prevent hearing loss is to protect your ears from loud noises. It’s important to understand what noises can be damaging to your hearing. Some of these noises include live concerts, dance clubs, firearm ranges, motorcycles, and powerboats.

Furthermore, there are certain professions that are at an increased risk for hearing loss due to constant exposure to loud noises. These professions include military personnel, construction workers, farmers, police officers, and musicians. It’s important that you always wear hearing protection such as earplugs if you work in a noisy environment.

We also know that a lot of people love blasting music at home or while exercising, but it’s important to be cognizant of how loud the music is and to adjust the sound so that it’s not hazardous to your hearing. It’s also a good idea to visit our otolaryngologists in Oxnard, CA, for regular screenings.

What are my treatment options if I have hearing loss?

The most common hearing loss treatment is a hearing aid. While a hearing aid will not restore your hearing, it will be able to improve your ability to hear certain tones and pitches that may have been difficult due to your hearing loss. The role of a hearing aid is to amplify certain sounds, making it easier to understand people, especially in noisier environments.

Depending on the type of hearing loss you are dealing with, one of our ENT specialists may recommend a cochlear implant or surgery.

Interested? Call today!

West Coast ENT is dedicated to providing comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care to Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA. No matter whether you are dealing with symptoms of hearing loss or you already have been diagnosed and want to discuss hearing aid options, call our office today to schedule an appointment with us! (805) 379-9646

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 23, 2018
Category: Hearing Aids

hearing aidWhat Types Of Hearing Aids Are Available?

Hearing loss can have a big impact on your life, from your relationships to your work and well-being. Hearing aids are used to treat hearing loss. A hearing aid is a small electronic device designed to improve your hearing. West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery, which has offices in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, offers treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. This article will help you understand the different types of hearing aids that are available.

1. BTE Hearing Aids

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instruments are used by individuals of all ages for all types of hearing loss. A BTE hearing aid is a small case worn behind the ear and connected to an earmold that fits inside the outer ear. Sound travels from the hearing aid through the earmold and into the ear. BTE hearing models are capable of more amplification than other styles. 

2. ITE Hearing Aids

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing instruments are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. These hearing aids are comfortably placed directly in the ear canal. The components of the hearing system are situated in a shell and custom fitted to the person's ear canal. ITEs are a good option if you want an easy-to-handle device. ITE hearing aids include features that don't fit on smaller hearing aids, such as volume control. 

3. CIC Hearing Aids

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are a good choice if you're an active person—or if you want a hearing aid that’s nearly invisible to others. CIC models are worn in the ear canal. The close placement of the microphone to the eardrum provides a natural listening experience without whistling or a “plugged up” feeling. Because of their smaller size, they may not have as many advanced features as larger models. 

4. RIC Hearing Aids

Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing instruments are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. RIC hearing aids are discreet, yet powerful hearing aids that fit comfortably behind the ear. RIC models use a thin tube that extends from the body of the hearing instrument (housed behind the ear) over the outer ear and into the ear canal. RIC hearing aids are very popular. This is largely due to their physical comfort and cosmetic appeal. RIC hearing aids are easy to maneuver and can house a variety of features. 

5. IIC Hearing Aids

Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids are worn deep in the ear canal. IIC hearing aids are placed directly into the ear canal and can be easily removed with a string. IIC hearing aids are a good choice if you have an active lifestyle—or if you don't want your hearing aids to be visible to others. IIC hearing aids may not be the best choice for people with severe hearing loss, since they do not provide the same amount of power that larger models do.

If you need a hearing aid, why wait? We can help you today! Call West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery at 805-379-9646 today to schedule an appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA. Call 805-527-7320 to schedule an appointment in Simi Valley, CA. Call 805-983-0395 to schedule an appointment in Oxnard, CA. Call 805-484-5929 to schedule an appointment in Ventura County, CA. Hearing aids hold great potential to positively change so many lives.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 23, 2018
Category: ENT Issues
Tags: Sinus Pain  

A condition called sinusitis affects up to 11 percent of Americans according to the CDC, causing chronic headaches and other symptoms.Sinus Pain Sinus pain is particularly distressing because the pressure is felt behind and between the eyes and can radiate to other places in the head. It makes it harder to think, concentrate, focus, and perform throughout your day. The doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA can help you get the relief you need with sinus surgery and other treatments.

Causes of Sinus Pain
The sinuses are hollow spaces in the face that are filled with air and normally lined with mucus. The lining of the sinuses can become irritated and inflamed by a virus or bad bacteria, causing a sinus infection. Allergens may also be the culprit behind sinus pain. This condition causes a number of additional symptoms including tension headaches that last for days, constant runny nose, and yellow or green nasal discharge. It can be acute (short-term and usually related to a cold) or chronic (reoccurring for weeks).

How an ENT Can Help You Deal with Sinus Pain
Sinus pain sometimes passes on its own after a relatively short time, and can be managed with pain medication, nasal decongestants, antihistamines (if related to an allergy), or antibiotic therapy (if the cause is a bacterial infection). But when the condition is chronic and causing major discomfort, the doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA may recommend endoscopic sinus surgery.

Reducing the Occurrence of Sinus Pain
You can take steps to reduce the occurrence and intensity of sinus pain. Here are a few tips to consider going forward:

- If your sinus pain is caused by allergies, get an allergy test to identify the trigger so that you can avoid that substance. Take antihistamines as prescribed by your doctor.
- Use a nasal rinse to irrigate mucus out of the sinus cavities and remove irritants.
- Try using a humidifier in your home, as dry air can aggravate a sinus infection.

Dealing with Sinusitis
Sinus pain can take you away from your daily routine and cause major lifestyle inconveniences. The treatments offered at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA, including sinus surgery, can give you much-needed relief. Call the office today for an appointment.

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