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Are you living with hearing loss? An ENT doctor can evaluate and treat your hearing loss improve your quality of life. Several options are available for hearing loss. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of the hearing impairment. West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery (offices in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA) offers state-of-the art treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Read on to learn about some treatment options for hearing loss.
Medical Treatment: Medication and surgery is often recommended for many types of hearing issues, particularly conductive hearing loss. Some of the common causes of conductive hearing loss are earwax blocking the ear canal and fluid in the ear. In cases where there is a bacterial infection of the middle ear, antibiotics are often prescribed. Conductive hearing loss may also be caused by a problem with the bones of the middle ear, which, in some cases, is treated with surgery.
Hearing Aids: If you're diagnosed with hearing loss that cannot be treated medically, your doctor will help determine which hearing aids would be most appropriate. Hearing aids are electronic devices designed to improve your hearing. Small enough to wear behind or in your ear, they make sounds louder. Open fit hearing devices are currently the most popular, due to fit and features offered.
Cochlear Implants: Cochlear implants are small, medical devices that can improve the hearing of patients with a severe hearing impairment. This device consists of an external component that is placed behind your ear and a second component that is surgically implanted under your skin. Within several months of use, most patients with cochlear implants make considerable gains in understanding speech.
Assistive Devices: In some cases, alerting or hearing assistive devices may be recommended instead of, or in addition to, hearing aids. Signaling or Text Display Devices are designed to convert sound or keystrokes into vibratory or visual stimulus, or into written text. Assistive Listening Devices are designed to enhance the sound that is received by picking up the sound closer to its source. This reduces the effects of distance, reverberation, and noise and transmits sound to the ears or hearing aids.
If you want to live well with hearing loss, contact West Coast ENT Head and Neck Surgery right now to schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, or Simi Valley. We will ensure you receive the best care and a solution specific to your individual needs!
Hearing loss can occur so gradually that you may not realize that you have a problem at first. Recognizing common signs of early hearing loss can help you ensure that you get the treatment you need. If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, can help you enhance your hearing with appropriate treatment.
Hearing loss signs
If you have hearing loss, you may notice that:
- People don't talk as loudly anymore: If you have difficulty hearing everyone, it may be you, not them. Initially, you may notice trouble hearing children or women with high-pitched voices, but it may become difficult to hear everyone eventually.
- You have to fill in the blanks: Hearing loss can make it hard to hear certain sounds or consonants. As a result, you may constantly guess what people are saying.
- Watching TV shows or going to the movies is frustrating: Do you turn up the TV and still have trouble hearing? If you've been gradually increasing the volume, you may have hearing loss. Hearing loss may also make it hard to hear the dialogue over the background music at the movie theater.
- You can't hear well if someone calls to you from another room: You may be relying on visual clues and lip reading more than you think if it's difficult to hear someone in the next room.
- Using the phone is hard: Phone conversations can also be hard to understand because you can't see the person's lips.
- You seem to have more personal problems: When you can't hear well, you may misunderstand what your significant other, friends, supervisor or colleagues say, which can lead to problems at work or in your relationships.
Whether you need hearing aids to combat age-related hearing loss, drainage tubes to remove built-up fluid or other treatments, our ENT's are committed to helping you improve your hearing.
Do any of these signs sound familiar? Find out if you have hearing loss by scheduling a visit with the ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat. Make an appointment by calling (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard, CA, office, (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office or (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo office.
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.
Dealing with hearing loss in Oxnard, CA? Let us help you!
Anyone 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
- 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
Would you be surprised that hearing loss affects interpersonal relationships? Who hasn't watched a colleague, loved one or friend ask for sentences to be repeated or complain that too many people are talking at once? Unfortunately, hearing loss also can lead to cognitive problems and even depression. So your otolaryngologists and audiologists at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ask you to know and recognize the early signs of hearing loss so that you or a family member can receive the best in hearing care.
Signs of hearing loss
The American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association states that hearing loss has hereditary and age-related components. However, environmental factors, such as exposure to loud noise and music, some prescription drugs, trauma, ear wax (cerumen) accumulation and autoimmune disorders can temporarily or permanently reduce hearing in one or both ears.
If you think you have a hearing problem, here's what to look for:
- Tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing noise
- Perceiving speech to be muffled, especially when listening to children or women, who typically have high-pitched voices
- Asking people to repeat themselves
- Avoiding parties, meetings and family gatherings
- Having difficulty hearing conversations in crowded rooms
- Turning up the volume on your phone, radio, TV or other audio devices
- Feeling exceptionally tired after attending a social event
If you are experiencing one or more these symptoms of hearing loss, contact your ear, nose and throat physician in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks for a consultation.
Our doctors of audiology can perform tests which evaluate how well you hear various kinds of sounds, including those conducted through bone and through the air. Additionally, they assess how well a person distinguishes various kinds of sounds, how well the middle ear functions and even if the ear canals are blocked with wax.
Tips to minimize hearing loss
At West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat, the professional team recommends some simple strategies to avoid hearing loss. They include:
- Use an over-the-counter ear wax kit to flush out cerumen accumulation on a regular basis, but do not insert cotton-tipped swabs or other pointed objects into the ear canal.
- Stop smoking. Tobacco users have a higher incidence of hearing problems.
- Avoid noise, especially on the job. If you have a loud occupation, such as heavy machinery operator, your employer should provide you with adequate ear protection.
- Check your meds with your prescriber or physician to see if they have side effects related to the ears.
- Get routine hearing screening every year beginning at age 50, or sooner if you notice symptoms.
Find out more
Preserve one of your greatest assets: your hearing. To arrange a hearing consultation with one of our physicians, call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646.