Posts for: August, 2018

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.


By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 23, 2018
Category: Ear Infection
Tags: Ear Pain  

ear infection painEar infections cause 22 million Americans to visit their doctors each year, mostly young children, according to statistics published by The Hearing Review. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons why parents bring their young children to see the doctor. Know the symptoms of an ear infection so that you can have it examined and treated by an ENT doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA as soon as possible.

Is It an Ear Infection?
An ear infection is an irritation of the middle ear caused by bad bacteria or fungus. Its formal name is otitis media with effusion or OME. According to the Journal of Infection Diseases, five out of six children have an ear infection before the age of three. This condition is most common in young children because their ears haven't had a chance to fully form and their immune systems may not be strong enough. These are some signs of a possible ear infection:

- Pain and headaches.
- Fever (over 100°F).
- A recent or persistent head cold.
- Unexplained crying in babies and toddlers.
- Pus-like fluid coming out of the ear.
- Trouble hearing at normal volumes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Inability to sleep soundly.

What Causes Ear Infections?
Ear infections are often caused by fluid that gets trapped in the ear after a respiratory ailment, like a cold. They are sometimes caused by exposure to an environment that is full of bacteria, like a public pool. An infection may also develop from a foreign substance or object that’s stuck in the ear. It’s important to note that untreated ear infections could lead to hearing loss, which is why it’s best to play it safe and see your Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA ENT doctor if there are any concerning symptoms.

Treating an Ear Infection
Antibiotic therapy is the common solution for an ear infection that is caused by bacteria. If it is a fungal infection, antifungal medication will likely be prescribed. There are cases where your Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA ENT may choose to let some time pass to see if the infection goes away on its own. If there is something in the ear that is causing the symptoms, it will be safely removed by your doctor.

See an ENT for Treatment
If you believe your child may have an ear infection, seek treatment from an ENT doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA. Call (805) 379-9646 today to set a convenient time for a visit.


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

Thyroid problems affect as many as 27 million Americans, and nearly half of them don’t know it according to statistics published by thethyroid exam Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Thyroid disease may be the cause of many unexplained chronic symptoms that patients experience. Medications and dietary changes may help with thyroid problems, but a doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA may recommend that you have thyroid surgery.

What Is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a gland located in your neck that controls your metabolism. When it isn’t functioning properly, it causes a number of disruptive symptoms throughout the body. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid is overactive, while hypothyroidism is when the gland isn’t working hard enough to meet the body’s needs. Thyroid cancer is also a concern in both children and adults. Thyroid problems should be diagnosed as soon as possible, because when the condition is properly treated it may give you relief from many of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.

Signs of a Thyroid Problem
Your Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA ENT will diagnose a thyroid issue with an exam and a blood test. These are some of the signs of a thyroid problem that may require thyroid surgery or another treatment:

- Sluggishness and fatigue.
- Excessive weight gain or loss.
- Anxiety, moodiness, and irritability.
- Depression and racing thoughts.
- Bowel problems (constipation or diarrhea).
- Loss of focus and memory problems.
- Swelling or a lump around the neck.
- Menstrual irregularity in women.
- Muscle weakness.

Thyroid Treatments
These treatments can get your system back on track and eliminate the symptoms that you’ve been experiencing. 

- Anti-inflammatory medications.
- Thyroid hormone therapy.
- Thyroid surgery is a procedure that will remove a growth from the thyroid gland (or the entire gland) if the diagnosis is thyroid cancer. 
- A nutritional consultation, as diet can have a significant effect on thyroid function.

Managing Your Thyroid Issues
You may learn that you have been struggling with chronic symptoms related to a thyroid issue. Contact West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Camarillo, Ventura County and Thousand Oaks, CA today to discuss the benefits of thyroid surgery and other treatment options with your ENT. Call the office today for your consultation and exam.




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