Posts for: December, 2015

By West Coast ENT
December 02, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Loss  

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, an estimated 20 percent of Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Could you be one of them? Because hearing loss often comes on gradually, you may not even realize how bad your hearing has gotten. Here are five symptoms your trusted ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo looks for when diagnosing hearing Hearingloss.

1. Your Friends and Family Constantly Mumble.

Do you frequently need to ask your friends and family to repeat themselves because they are always mumbling? Do you not recall hearing things your friends and family claim they already told you? The problem may be with your hearing, not your loved ones. Ask them; they will probably be able to tell you.

2. You Find Yourself Turning the TV and Radio Louder and Louder.

Your aging electronics might be to blame, but it might also be your hearing. If you keep turning up the volume, it may be time to visit your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo for a hearing evaluation.

3. You've Started Watching People's Lips When They Talk.

When people can't hear as well, they often start trying to read others' lips to help them understand what people are saying. If you find yourself looking at people's lips more than their eyes, your hearing might be declining.

4. You Have a Difficult Time Understanding People in Noisy Situations.

Perhaps you can hear well when in a one-on-one situation but you have difficulty hearing people in noisy, crowded environments. This symptom, which you are most likely to notice in malls, restaurants or movie theaters, can also indicate hearing loss.

5. Long Conversations Make You Tired.

Do long conversations wear you out more than they used to? You may be straining to hear and understand the other person more than you realize. Visiting your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo for hearing loss treatment can help.

While these five symptoms can help you determine if you may be suffering from hearing loss, the best way to know for sure is to visit an ENT for an official diagnosis. Ignoring your hearing loss won't make it go away. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Camarillo for the diagnosis and treatment plan you need today.

By West Coast ENT
December 02, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Tyroid Surgery  

Has your doctor mentioned that you may need thyroid surgery, either soon or in the future? If so, you likely have several questions. Here are the basic facts you need to know about thyroid surgery. Be sure to contact your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley to discuss the details of your particular condition.

What is Thyroid Surgery?

Thyroid surgery is a surgical procedure in which all or part of your thyroid gland is removed. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your lower neck. Part of the endocrine system, your thyroid helps control your metabolism.

When is Thyroid Surgery Needed?

Thyroid surgery is used to treat a variety of thyroid conditions. For example, it can be used to remove nodules, cysts, goiters and tumors on the thyroid. It can also be used to treat hyperthyroidism or to remove cancer of the thyroid.

How is Thyroid Surgery Performed?

During thyroid surgery, your surgeon will create a small cut in your neck. He or she will then carefully remove all or part of your thyroid without damaging the blood vessels nearby. Once your thyroid is removed, your surgeon will place a small catheter to help drain extra blood and fluids and then close up the area with stitches. The entire procedure can take up to four hours.

Am I a Good Candidate for Thyroid Surgery?

If your Simi Valley ENT has found unwanted growths on or problems with your thyroid, you may be a good candidate for thyroid surgery. Only your doctor can let you know for sure, though, so be sure to schedule a consultation with your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Simi Valley to learn more about your condition and to find out what the best treatment for you may be.

By West Coast ENT
December 02, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Sore Throat  

Winter is fast approaching, which means that all of the common cold symptoms likely aren't far behind. Don't spend this winter suffering from a sore throat. Here are five ways to prevent a sore throat, courtesy of your ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Oxnard.

1. Wash Regularly

The best way to prevent a sore throat is to keep germs away from you. Wash your hands regularly, especially after visiting public places. Clean and sanitize the surfaces in your home, especially the ones that are touched frequently or cleaned irregularly, including door knobs, the fridge door, your cell phone and the computer keyboard.

2. Avoid Touching Your Face

Unfortunately, no matter how often you wash and clean, you will never be able to rid your surroundings of all of the germs. Your best defense, therefore, is simply to keep them out of your body. Do so by avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, nose and ears, where germs can get in. Also, if you have any cuts or wounds, be sure to cover them.

3. Use a Humidifier

In addition to germs, another common factor in a sore throat is dry air. Prevent the air in your home from becoming too dry by running a humidifier. If you don't own a humidifier, standing in a warm shower can help as well.

4. Gargle Salt Water

If, despite following the steps above, you still feel a sore throat coming on, stop it in its tracks by gargling salt water. Salt water flushes the excess mucous and germs out of your throat so it isn't so irritated. Use one teaspoon salt mixed in eight ounces of water. Be sure to drink plenty of water without salt as well.

5. Drink Tea with Honey

If you aren't a big fan of water, drinking tea with honey is another way to keep your throat well soft and hydrated. Plus, honey acts as a natural cough suppressant, helping your throat feel better at the first sign of scratchiness.

No one wants to spend the winter suffering from a sore throat. Prevent your throat from falling victim by following these five tips from your trusted ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Oxnard, starting today.

Have you already tried all of the above tips without success? If your sore throat has persisted for more than a week, it seems severe or you have any questions, don't hesitate to call your trusted ENT at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Oxnard to set up an appointment for further help. We're here to help you feel your best.

By West Coast ENT
December 02, 2015
Category: Ear Infection
Tags: Ear Infection  

Do you or your child have a painful ear infection? A very common condition, most people suffer from at least one ear infection at some point, typically during childhood. Thankfully, there are several ear infection treatments you can try. Here are five ear infection treatments the doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks routinely recommend.

1. Antibiotics

Many parents who bring their child in to their Thousand Oaks doctor for ear infection treatment expect a prescription, and for good reason. A prescription antibiotic is the most popular treatment for ear infections in children. Unfortunately, however, antibiotics don't always work and they aren't always necessary, depending on the cause of the infection and the severity of your child's symptoms. Your child's doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat can let you know if an antibiotic is a good option for you.

2. Pain Relievers

If you and your child's doctor choose not to use an antibiotic to treat the ear infection, there are still several treatments you can try. If your child's ear infection is very painful, you may want to treat the pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give aspirin to children.

3. Rest

Because ear infections can heal on their own over time, sometimes the best treatment for an ear infection that isn't too painful is simply to get plenty of rest. Resting can also help you avoid getting sick, which can lead to or further exacerbate an ear infection.

4. Heat

Another home treatment you may want to try is heat, which can be used to help ease the pain. Use a warm, wet washcloth with a younger child or a heating pad on the lowest setting with an older child.

5. Elevation

Lastly, keeping your child's head elevated can help any fluid or blockage drain from your child's ear, clearing up the ear and the infection along with it. Use a fluffy pillow for an older child or prop your infant's mattress slightly with a rolled up towel.

Ear infections can be quite painful, but thankfully, they don't generally last too long. Use these five ear infection treatments to find relief and be sure to call your doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks if you have any questions or if the above treatments don't work.


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