At South Coast Specialty, we provide the latest techniques and technology in order to treat your ear infection. These infections can be very serious and cause serious damage and result in hearing loss.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, which runs from your eardrum to the outside of your head. It’s often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming, creating a moist environment that aids bacterial growth.
Putting fingers, cotton swabs or other objects in your ears also can lead to swimmer’s ear by damaging the thin layer of skin lining your ear canal. Swimmer’s ear is also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa. The most common cause of this infection is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. Swimmer’s ear is usually treated successfully with eardrops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections.
Protruding ears are ears that stick out more than average. We are all built differently and even our own faces are not symmetrical. Some people’s ears stick out more than normal – a condition sometimes called ‘bat ears’ – and this can be a source of misery for children affected in this way. Although protruding ears do not cause any actual physical problems, they can cause self-consciousness and teasing.
About 1-2% of people believe their ears stick out too much, and because ears are one of the first body parts to reach full size, they can be more noticeable in children.
Sometimes this problem can run in a family so that a parent or sibling also has protruding ears. Although the ears may be larger than normal, it’s more often the case that they are normal-sized but simply protruding, with both ears being affected.
Until recently the mainstay of treatment was surgery – known as otoplasty – usually at the age of five, when the ear cartilage is firm enough to allow reshaping by scoring or suturing. However, new work done on non-surgical techniques in reshaping protruding ears suggests this may be an effective alternative to surgery and which may be undertaken at a much earlier age than is possible with surgery. At South Coast Specialty, we offer different treatment for protruding ears. We offer laser surgery which allows us to remove a small amount of cartilage and then tag the ears closer to the scalp.
Fluid in Ears-
Fluid in the ear, also called serous otitis media or otitis media with effusion, is usually the result of an ear infection, but it can occur under any condition in which the auditory tube (eustachian tube) is impaired. The auditory tube allows fluid to drain from the ear into the back of the throat. If the auditory tube becomes clogged, fluid will become trapped in the middle ear space. In addition to ear infections, the common cold and allergies can often lead to fluid in the ear.
Bony Ear Canal Osteoma-
Ear canal osteoma, which is a slow growing benign tumor consisting of bone tissue (not cancerous), in the ear canal is an uncommon benign lesion, which presents as a solitary, unilateral, and slow-growing mass in the outer half of the bony canal. It is usually asymptomatic, but symptoms can arise if a canal obstruction occurs.
Unless a bony ear canal osteoma causes hearing loss and/or infection, it usually does not need to be treated. Treatment is usually required when the osteoma elongates and touches the eardrum or prevents proper ear drainage, where removal of the obstructing ear canal bones are performed under general anesthesia.
Excessive Ear Wax-
Earwax is produced by glands in the ear canal, and its purpose is to trap dust and other small particles (including bacteria) and prevent them from reaching and potentially damaging the inner ear or eardrum. Normally, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris. Some people have ear canals that are smaller than average, or shaped in a way that makes it difficult for the naturally occurring wax to get out of the canal. This results in wax impactions that may need to be manually removed.