Posts for tag: Hearing Loss

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss can be frustrating. Fortunately, here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Simi Valley, CA, our audiologists offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and advanced diagnostic testing to get to the root of the problem and enhance your quality of hearing. Read on to learn how we can help

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

One can lose their hearing at any age, from infancy to adulthood. However, it's not always the result of an underlying condition. If you have difficulty understanding words, especially in large crowds, or frequently raise the volume on the television or radio, it may be the result of earwax accumulation, a foreign object in the canal, or excessively loud noise. Other signs of hearing loss include:

  • Asking others to speak slowly
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Deep earache, or pain in the ear canal
  • Feeling pressure inside the ear
  • Trouble hearing consonants

If you regularly experience one or more of the above, you should visit our Simi Valley, CA, office for an evaluation.

Hearing Loss Treatment Options

Because there are different levels of hearing loss, the recommended treatment option will depend on several factors. Some include removing the wax blockage or a minor surgical procedure, but most often, we will recommend the use of hearing aids. These listening devices come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from behind-the-ear, in-the-canal, or a receiver-in-the-ear. During a consultation, we can further delve into which of these options would be best for your situation.

Need Care? Give Us a Call

If you've become hard of hearing and are looking for help, consult with one of the audiologists here at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Simi Valley, CA, to discuss which treatment option is best suitable to meet your specific needs and preferences. To schedule an appointment, please call (805) 527-7320.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 19, 2020
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Millions of Americans experience hearing loss, and in our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, we take pride in offering patients with state-of-the-art equipment that allows for the most accurate evaluation and appropriate treatment. Hearing loss happens gradually. It can be confusing, and you may not even realize that you are falling victim to this condition. At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, we encourage you to read on for answers to our frequently asked questions about hearing loss.

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

When engaging in conversation, are people often mumbling instead of enunciating? Do you regularly miss keywords in a sentence or ask friends and family to repeat themselves? Sometimes the symptoms of hearing loss are blatantly apparent, but it's significant to achieve a definite diagnosis to ensure successful treatment. If you continually turn up the volume on the radio, television, or someone close to you has mentioned you might be hard of hearing, consider setting up a diagnostic test.

Who is at Risk for Hearing Loss?

Aging is one of the most common causes of hearing loss but isn't always the reason for the problem. According to statistics, 35-55% correlates with genetics. Some illnesses, like meningitis, can also damage the mechanisms inside the ear, resulting in temporary or permanent hearing loss. Additionally, your career may have a large impact on your hearing capabilities. If you work in construction or in a warehouse with heavy machinery, this can also put you at risk.

What are the Treatment Options?

For Thousand Oaks, CA, patients who suffer from hearing loss, West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, offers different types of listening devices depending on the severity. After our audiologist assesses your hearing during an exam, he or she can determine which type of hearing aid is best suitable for your specific needs. Types of hearing aids range from in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, in-the-canal, or open fit. There are many different styles to choose from that are custom, convenient, discreet, and flexible for your lifestyle.

If you have concerns about hearing loss, we have licensed audiologists on staff to help you achieve proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options if necessary. At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations for patients from infancy to adulthood. For more information about hearing loss, the conditions we treat, and other services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at our Thousand Oaks, CA, office, please call (805) 379-9646; for our office in Simi Valley, CA, call (805) 527-7320; for our Oxnard, CA, office, call (805) 983-0395; and for our office in Camarillo, CA, call (805) 484-5929.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 08, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Are you living with hearing loss? An ENT doctor can evaluate and treat your hearing loss improve your quality of life. Several options are Hearing-Aidavailable 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!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 14, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss can occur so gradually that you may not realize that you have a problem at first. Recognizing common signs of early hearing hearing lossloss 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.

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