Are you experiencing a runny nose? Or a sore throat? Now (h)ear this, Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons is San Bernardino County’s leader for ear, nose and throat conditions.
Otorhinolaryngology deals with issues that treat the ear, nose, and throat and related structures of the head and neck. Specialists are called otolaryngologists, ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors or ENT surgeons.
Our ENT specialists handle a number of ear problems such as dizziness, ear infection, hearing loss, and tinnitus, nose issues like allergies, nasal obstruction, rhinitis and sinusitis, and throat complications such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, hoarseness, infection, sore throat and vocal cord disorders. Our trained and experienced team can also deal with head and neck issues like Grave’s disease, neck masses, and enlarged thyroid glands as well as sleep disorder related problems such as airway obstruction, sleep apnea and snoring.
Yes, since they share anatomy and have similar mucous membrane linings. They are all part of your upper respiratory system so an infection in one area can transfer to another. For example, a sinus problem creates phlegm in the throat.
There are many symptoms associated with conditions of the ear, nose, and throat ranging from dizziness and fever to headache and watery eyes. With your ear, it could be a ringing sound, a swollen ear, draining difficulty or having hearing problems. Your nose could be itchy, sneezy, runny or you can have difficulty breathing through it. When it comes to your throat, you might experience problems with coughing, swollenness, snoring or laryngitis.
Hearing loss is a partial or complete failure to hear anything on a temporary or permanent basis. Also known as hearing impairment, it can happen in one or both ears and can begin gradually or suddenly. There are three types of hearing loss: conductive (outer or middle ear), sensorineural (inner ear) or mixed (combination of conductive and sensorineural).
Some of the symptoms can include muffled hearing and the difficulty of hearing a conversation and sounds particularly against background noise, struggle to hear consonants, asking people to speak more slowly and loudly, and the urge to turn up the volume of technological devices such as a television.
Hearing loss can be affected by long-term exposure to loud noise, especially at work, changes in the inner ear due to aging, infection, wax build up or an injury. In children, a hearing problem can be something that affects their ability to learn a spoken language. Our hearing specialists at Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons can perform a variety of tests to diagnose hearing loss and help treat and even reverse your hearing problem.
Tinnitus is a symptom like a ringing in your ears or the sensation of hearing sound when there is none present that can be an underlying condition like an ear injury or an age-related hearing loss. It is a fairly common problem involving between 15 and 20 percent of people with the symptoms present some of the time, meaning it comes and goes, or all of the time.
Some of the more noticeable symptoms for tinnitus include buzzing, clicking, hissing, humming, ringing or roaring which can be heard in one or both ears and can interfere with your ability to hear external sound. Tinnitus is a hearing problem that be enhanced with treatment by one of our specialists. She can perform an examination to determine the source of your hearing issues.
When you suffer from single-sided deafness (SSD), it can be hard for you to know which direction a sound may be coming from. This condition involves having lost all of your hearing in one ear (a loss greater than 91dB) and having normal or profound hearing loss in your other ear. It becomes very demanding to separate speech from other background noise when your hearing is out of balance this way because you are trying to figure out where the different sounds are coming from. A SSD condition can be very disorienting.
What can cause SSD include acoustic neuroma, bacterial infections, circulatory disorders, head trauma, injury to the ear, or a viral infection. There are a couple of key solutions: a bone anchored hearing device or a CROS device that directs sound from your weaker ear to your stronger hearing side.
Adults and children can get an ear infection when the mucosa enlarges due to a cold, respiratory infection or allergy. Mucosa is the lining of the upper respiratory tract that creates mucus. There are three types of ear infection: middle, outer or inner. It is important to get any ear infection treated as soon as possible to avoid a serious infection that could potentially lead to permanent hearing loss and problems with speech and language development.
There are a number of other ear conditions that can affect your hearing and the quality of your life. External and middle ear infections can cause you ear pain, discharge and changes in your hearing on a temporary basis. A mastoid infection is an ear infection that spreads to the mastoid, a bone between your ear and your jaw, with symptoms such as discomfort, fever and swelling. Some conditions can cause dizziness and loss of balance. At Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons, we have the experienced team of doctors and the latest technological equipment to help fix your hearing problems and get you hearing normally again.
Your nose has four sinus cavities that become painful when infected or filled by mucuses. Allergies, bacteria, funguses, and viruses can be the cause of an infection or sinusitis, which can lead to nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, and headache pain.
Nasal obstruction is a condition that blocks the air flow through your nose preventing you from breathing normally. There are many possible symptoms for nasal obstruction, including cold symptoms, difficulty breathing through your nose, congestion, green or yellow mucus, insomnia, nasal blockage, nausea, post-nasal drip, runny nose, and swelling around the eyes.
Nasal polyps can develop within your nasal cavities making breathing a challenge. Often caused by chronic allergies, you may experience a runny nose and some facial pain like headache. Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons can help remove a polyp from your nose with our out-patient services.
Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining within your paranasal sinuses often causing pain behind your eyes. It is estimated that 37 million people in the U.S. are affected by sinusitis every year. Don’t let this condition impact the quality of your life physically and emotionally by letting our nasal specialists check you out and find a solution to let you breathe normally again.
At Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons, our team is dedicated to offering you the best ear, nose and throat service in the San Bernardino County with our premier outpatient surgery center. We have highly-trained, board-certified and experienced surgeons with expertise in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgical specialties. We focus on a positive patient experience and a successful outcome because we care about our patients and we value quality of care above all.
Getting strep or throat infection can cause issues such as hoarseness, laryngitis, sore throat, or tonsillitis. It is important to visit Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons and let one of our throat specialists deals with an infection before it becomes a bigger problem.
For example, strep throat is an infection that has serious implications if not treated in time. This condition is common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Look for symptoms like fever, sore throat, stomach pain, swollen tonsils or white patches on the back of the throat. Did you know strep throat can affect some adults? Strep throat can result in rheumatic fever and cause damage to the heart valves. Our ENT specialists can help you deal with conditions such as strep throat.
Other throat conditions can include acid reflux (chronic digestive disease), hoarseness (inflammation of the vocal folds or laryngitis), nodules (difficulty breathing, loss of range and vocal fatigue), swallowing disorder (inability to swallow properly), tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils), and vocal cord paralysis (malfunction in one or both of your vocal cords). When it comes to throat cancer, know that some of the symptoms can include changes in your voice, coughing, difficulty swallowing, ear pain, lump that does not heal, and sore throat.
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