Central Coast Head and Neck Surgeons (CCHNS) care for all aspects of ear (otologic) problems from hearing loss to dizziness to infection. They are teamed with a skilled group of audiologists to assess hearing difficulties from newborns to adults. They also have advanced diagnostics to assess balance difficulties. Depending on the condition, treatments range from medical interventions to surgical intervention. The physicians of CCHNS provide the full spectrum of treatment options available including the latest microsurgical techniques to hearing amplification.
Parathyroidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a part or complete parathyroid glands (which produce hormones that increase levels of calcium in blood). The treatment is indicated for patients with hyperparathyroidism (high levels of parathyroid hormone caused by a non-cancerous tumor).
An abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum is called cholesteatoma. Repeated infections and/or a tear or pulling inward of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear. Cholesteatomas often develop as cysts or pouches that shed layers of old skin, which build up inside the middle ear.
Dizziness can feel like you’re off balance or unsteady. Or it can feel like you’re lightheaded. Or it can feel like you or your surroundings are spinning or turning — also called “vertigo.” Just as there are different types of dizziness, there are different causes, including poor circulation, dehydration, medications, anxiety, brain injury, infection, allergy, neurological.
Cerumen or earwax is healthy in normal amounts and serves as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. Most of the time the ear canals are self-cleaning; that is, there is a slow and orderly migration of earwax and skin cells from the eardrum to the ear opening.
A hole or rupture in the eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear, is called a perforated eardrum. The medical term for eardrum is tympanic membrane. A perforated eardrum can occur from trauma, infection, or chronic Eustachian tube disorders.
Meniere’s disease is a balance disorder caused by an abnormality found in a section of the inner ear called the labyrinth. Disorders of the fluids within the labyrinth can interfere with the normal balance and hearing signals between the inner ear and the brain, resulting in Meniere’s disease.
The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck, just above the collarbone. It produces thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), necessary for using energy, staying warm and the proper functioning of various body parts such as the brain, heart and muscles.