Posts for: November, 2018

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




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