Talking to a friend, speaking on the telephone, watching a movie and many other everyday activities can become frustratingly difficult when you can't hear well. Fortunately, your ear, nose, and throat doctors (ENTs) at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, offer treatments that may improve your hearing loss symptoms.
What causes hearing loss?
Hearing loss can occur for many reasons, including:
- Earwax buildup
- Fluid in your ear due to an ear infection
- Exposure to loud noises
- A ruptured eardrum
- Bone or eardrum abnormalities
- Illnesses or medication side effects
- Otosclerosis, a condition that happens due to an overgrowth of bones in the middle ear
- A benign (non-cancerous) tumor on the nerve that travels from your brain to your inner ear
- Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears
What can be done about hearing loss?
During your visit to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, or Camarillo ENT office, your doctor will perform a thorough examination and review your symptoms and medical history.
Hearing loss treatment will depend on your diagnosis. If your hearing problem is caused by wax buildup or an ear infection, removing the wax or treating the infection with antibiotics and decongestants will likely improve your hearing. Tubes that drain the ears can be helpful if fluid buildup in the ears is a chronic problem. In some cases, surgery might be needed to treat hearing loss caused by bone or nerve issues.
A hearing aid may be a good option if hearing loss is due to damaged hair cells in the inner ear. Hair cell damage can occur due to aging, diseases, exposure to loud noises, or medication side effects. Hearing aids decrease background noise and amplify sounds, improving your ability to follow a conversation or hear the dialogue over the music at the movie theater.
Have you noticed a change in your hearing? Your Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat can determine the source of your hearing loss and recommend treatment options.
You can reach the doctors by calling (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office, (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard office, or (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo office.