Posts for: January, 2020
Losing your hearing, regardless of how you lost it, could cause significant trauma. Different people react to losing their hearing in many different ways, but for most of them, it could lead to physical, social, and psychological issues. If you’re struggling with hearing loss, our ENT specialists here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ can suggest suitable treatments such as hearing aids, ear wax removal, or surgery.
Treatments for Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common hearing loss type, sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent and is a result of damage to the cilia or auditory nerve. It could result from aging, birth defects, skull or head trauma, working around substantially loud noises, certain infections, Meniere’s disease, ototoxic medications, or acoustic neuroma. Depending on the damage sustained by cilia or auditory nerve, you may be able to treat it with cochlear implants or hearing aids.
Treatments for Conductive Hearing Loss
This hearing loss type typically results from damage or obstruction to the middle or outer ear, which restricts the conduction or transmission of sound into the inner ear. While not everyone could regain their hearing, depending on the extent and exact nature of the problem, some people could regain most or some of their hearing with proper treatment.
In most cases, treating the causes of the blockage such as an ear infection, impacted ear wax, stuck foreign objects, or abnormal growths, could help restore hearing. Foreign objects and wax can be extracted, bacterial infections can be addressed with antibiotic treatment, and abnormal growths can be removed through surgery.
While the treatment options may be limited, our ENT specialists may also offer other suitable solutions such as traditional hearing aids, middle ear implants, bone-anchored implants, or bone-conduction hearing aids.
Treatments for Mixed Hearing Loss
In some cases, conductive and sensorineural hearing loss could result in mixed hearing loss. For instance, having impacted earwax could complicate existing sensorineural hearing loss. When this happens, treatment options will be dependent on the particular conductive and sensorineural hearing loss conditions that you have. Depending on the specifics of your case, your doctor may advise treatment for either the conductive or sensorineural hearing loss or both.
If you’re suffering from hearing loss, don’t lose hope. With proper and prompt treatment, you may have the chance to reverse your hearing loss, whether through surgery, simple earwax traction, or hearing aids. Call Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ. For Sun City, dial (623) 972-2951 and for Sun City West, (623) 975-1660 and schedule your appointment now.
When you or a family member presents with a respiratory infection it’s rather difficult to be able to tell which one it is. This is because many of them share similar symptoms. So how do you know whether you are dealing with tonsillitis, the influenza virus, or strep throat? Turning to an otolaryngologist can give you the answers and the relief you’re looking for.
What is tonsillitis?
The two lymph nodes located on both sides of the back of the throat are known as tonsils. They are the body’s first defense against preventing infection; however, even tonsils can become infected and when they do this is known as tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis can happen to anyone but is more common in children and teens. Tonsillitis is contagious, so it can easily spread if you come in contact with someone who is infected. There are three main types of tonsillitis: acute, chronic and recurrent. Most children will develop acute tonsillitis at least once during their lifetime.
What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?
Symptoms of tonsillitis may include:
- A severe sore throat
- Trouble or pain with swallowing
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen, tender lymph nodes of the neck and jaw
- Red, swollen tonsils
- White or yellow spots on the tonsils
Symptoms of acute tonsillitis usually go away within 7-10 days; however, if symptoms keep coming back throughout the year then your child could very well be dealing with recurrent or chronic tonsillitis. It’s important that if symptoms of tonsillitis worsen or return that you see an ENT doctor.
Furthermore, it isn’t always easy to tell whether a sore throat is the result of a cold, tonsillitis or strep throat; however, sore throats caused by colds are usually mild and will get better within a couple of days. This type of sore throat will often be accompanied by other cold symptoms such as a runny nose.
If your sore throat is caused by tonsillitis or strep the pain will be severe and can make it difficult to swallow. Those with tonsillitis may experience pain located in the back of the throat, where the tonsils are located. In order to diagnose a strep throat your doctor will need to swab the back of the throat to look for bacteria.
How is tonsillitis treated?
Acute tonsillitis will go away on its own but rest and home care can go a long way to relieving symptoms; however, if tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection such as strep, your doctor will need to prescribe a round of antibiotics.
If your child is dealing with chronic or recurring tonsillitis then you may want to talk with your ear, nose and throat doctor about the benefits of having their tonsils removed (known as a tonsillectomy). This is a simple surgical procedure that can often be performed right in your otolaryngologist’s office.
If your child is dealing with severe throat pain and you’re worried that they could have tonsillitis then call your ENT specialist today for an immediate evaluation.