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Ear, Nose & Throat

As a full-service Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery practice, South California Ear, Nose and Throat Center offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat conditions, including:

Pediatic Testing

Ear, Nose,Throat Center of Southern California is committed to providing quality care for pediatric patients and offers one of the most extensive reference laboratory test menus available today.

At Ear, Nose,Throat Center we offer all kinds of testing techniques that accommodates all of pediatric testing requests for the diagnosis and management of conditions that affect the healthy growth and development of the pediatric patient. Our tests includes audiology, auditory brainstem reflex testing, vertigo testing, tympanograms (check middle ear pressure). We have special equipment in order to test your hearing and give you a full hearing health analysis.

Hearing Loss

A Sound Void is most commonly defined as a moment lacking clarity in hearing or understanding. This causes an empty space in one's life by the absence of sound clarity.

Sound Voids usually occur in specific listening situations where an individual's hearing loss does not permit them to detect or understand important sounds and speech cues. Individuals often find that Sound Voids result in tiring, frustrating and embarrassing situations.

At Ear, Nose,Throat Center, we provide you with various hearing testing to determine the severity of your condition. After the examination our doctor will be able to prescribe you different hearing aids and cochlear implants that will help you complete get rid of your hearing loss.

Tinnitus & Ringing

Tinnitus is a noise or ringing sound in the ears. A common problem, affecting about 1 in 5 people, it is not a condition itself. It is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign of something serious. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Treating an identified underlying cause sometimes helps. Other treatments may reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable. Symptoms of tinnitus include:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Hissing

The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and it may be heard in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud that it may even interfere with one's ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go. There are two types of tinnitus:

  • Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus only you can hear. This is the most common type of tinnitus. It can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear, or by problems with the hearing nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound
  • Objective tinnitus is tinnitus that can actually be heard by your doctor during an examination.This rare type of tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, an inner ear bone condition, or muscle contractions.

In many cases, the exact cause of tinnitus is never found. The most common cause of tinnitus is damage to inner ear cells. Tiny delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. This triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through your nerves into your brain. Your brain then interprets these signals as sound. If the hairs inside your inner ear are broken for some reason, they can “leak” random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus. Other possible causes include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, or injuries that affect nerves in your ear or the hearing part of the brain.

In many people, tinnitus is caused by one of these conditions:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Earwax blockage
  • Ear bone changes

Less common causes include:

  • Meniere's disease
  • Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Head injuries or neck injuries
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Head and neck tumors
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Turbulent blood flow
  • Malformation of capillaries
  • Use of antibiotics, cancer medications, diuretics, quinine medications, antidepressants, or aspirin

As with most health issues, smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus.

Tinnitus can significantly affect quality of life. Although it affects people differently, if you have tinnitus, you may also experience fatigue, stress, sleeping problems, trouble concentrating, memory problems, depression, anxiety, and irritability. Though treating these conditions may not affect tinnitus directly, they can definitely help you feel better.

Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a common condition in which the cavities around the sinuses become inflamed and swollen. Acute sinusitis is usually caused by an infection, but also by allergies, chemical irritation, or smoke (and also unknown causes). For sinusitis caused by any bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, give us a call to find out how Dr. Scott can improve your quality of life.

On the other hand, chronic sinusitis can also be caused by an infection, but is usually caused by growths in the sinuses such as nasal polyps, or by a deviated septum. If your sinusitis is lasting longer than 12 weeks, or if you suffer from more than 2-3 infections per year, and your prescribed medications are not helping much, chances are there is a more complex issue to deal with. The long-lasting symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis may include thick yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of your throat, nasal obstruction or congestion that causes difficulty breathing, tenderness or swelling in the facial area around the eyes, or reduced sense of smell and/or taste.

Nasal & Sinus Endoscopy

In the case of chronic sinusitis, Dr. Scott can easily make a diagnosis by taking a CT scan of the sinuses or by a nasal endoscopy. A nasal endoscopy is a procedure that uses a high quality endoscope (a type of camera that can easily examine your nasal passages) to obtain a magnified view of the nasal and sinus passages.

A nasal endoscopy is generally a quick and easy procedure that gives us a great view of the inside of your nasal passage and sinus cavities. First, we numb the inside of the nose so you cannot feel a thing. Then, we take a look inside with a tiny camera that makes it easy to spot potential issues and make an accurate diagnosis. This procedure is done inside our office, and is a great first step in treating sinus disease.

Sinus Surgery

The goal of surgery is to carefully remove the thin, delicate bone and mucous membranes that block the drainage pathways of the sinuses. The term “endoscopic” refers to the use of small fiber optic telescopes that allow all of the surgery to be performed through the nostrils, without the need for any skin incisions. Endoscopic sinus surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis, and our patients suffer only a very mild discomfort with a relatively short recovery time.

Allergies

Allergic rhinitis is a condition characterized by your body's immune system mistaking substances in the air – that you breathe – as intruders and then attacking them. Your immune system's reaction releases substances, such as histamines and leukotrienes that cause inflammation in the nasal lining and the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose or congestion
  • Itching in the nose, mouth, throat and ears

Seasonal allergic rhinitis – or seasonal allergies – are caused by common outdoor allergens and is often referred to as hay fever, while indoor allergic rhinitis – or perennial allergies – is often triggered by allergens such as animal dander, dust mites or cockroaches.

Nasal Obstruction

Nasal obstructions impact breathing, which is a major part of our physical well-being. In addition to snoring or sleep apnea, these issues can be easily corrected through surgery or in-office procedures.

Nasal polyps are usually classified into antrochoanal polyps and ethmoidal polyps. Antrochoanal polyps arise from the maxillary sinuses and are the much less common, ethmoidal polyps arise from the ethmoidal sinuses. Antrochoanal polyps are usually single and unilateral whereas ethmoidal polyps are multiple and bilateral.

Symptoms of polyps include nasal congestion, sinusitis, anosmia (loss of smell), and secondary infection leading to headache. They may be removed by surgery, but are found to recur in about 70% of cases. Sinus surgery requires great amount of precision as this involves risk of damage to orbit matter.

Turbinate Reduction

Tubinate reduction is usually indicated when enlargement obstructs other parts of the nose and airways causing symptoms like sleep apnea, congestion and difficulty breathing. The procedure to reduce the size of the turbinates is often accompanied by a septoplasty, (a surgery that is used to correct a deviated septum). Nasal turbinates (or nasal concha) are bony and soft-tissue structures inside the nose. Their purpose is to trap dirt, dust, and particles like pollen so these irritants do not enter your lungs. They also add moisture and heat the air you breathe in which helps your lungs operate more effectively.

Allergies and other conditions can cause irritation, inflammation, and enlargement of the turbinates resulting in a blocked nasal airway (stuffy nose). Blocked nasal airway is a contributor to snoring.

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