Ear Infection Treatment

Do you ever think you development too many ear infections? While ear infections are much more common in children, there may be an underlying cause for repeat or chronic ear infections in both children and adults that need to be treated. Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat treats ear infections in both children and adults in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Torrance, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, California.

What causes ear infections?

The Eustachian tube goes from the middle of each ear to the back of the throat and normally drains fluid from the ear. When you have a cold or allergies, the tube can swell and become blocked, causing fluid to build up behind your eardrum.

A middle ear infection occurs when this fluid builds up and becomes infected. A chronic ear infection means that the initial infection did not completely go away. This is likely because the infection didn’t respond to treatment or was never treated.

What problems can ear infections cause?

If a chronic ear infection is not treated correctly, it can lead to serious complications, including:

  • A ruptured eardrum
  • Hearing loss
  • Infection or damage to bones in the ear
  • Damage to the tissues in the middle ear
  • A cyst in the middle ear

If an ear infection in you or your child does not respond to treatment, contact us right away to make an appointment.

Ear Tubes at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat

Surgery to insert ear tubes is a common procedure to drain the fluid and equalize pressure on the eardrums. A small cut is made in the eardrum and excess fluid may be removed. A small tube is then placed through the cut so fluid can continue to flow out of the middle ear and reduce the chance of another ear infection. The eardrum usually sheds the tube naturally after two or three years.

Depending on the cause of your ear infection, your doctor may also recommend removal of the adenoids or tonsils as well as other treatments.

Request an appointment at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat to discuss your best treatment option for a chronic ear infection.

To our patients and families,

We at Southern California Ear Nose & Throat hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  As your physicians, your health and safety are our primary concerns, and we encourage everyone’s compliance with relevant instructions from our government and physician leaders.

We are happy to report that we are in compliance with state and federal regulations and recommendations at this point in time to protect both you and our staff. We are not scheduling routine elective surgeries at this time; however, if there is a surgery that is necessary, we are available 24/7 as usual, and the surgery will be performed.

At our offices, we are scheduling routine patients at intervals such that those patients who wish to, may remain in their vehicles until it is time to be placed in an exam room.  Rooms will be treated between each patient with disinfectant. We will be taking temperatures of patients who want to be seen in the office, and screening questions will be asked.

Along with our continuing to see patients in our office, we are available by teleconference. While not every visit can be done via telemedicine, we will make every attempt to accommodate those who desire a telemedicine visit. It may well be that you are not sure if an in office visit is necessary; some visits are (like a child born with tongue tie who has feeding difficulty), while many visits can be postponed (like a routine check on ear tubes).  If you have any questions, please call the office so that we may guide you.

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact the office for refills and prescriptions as necessary.

As many of you may have heard, there is new data to suggest that the initial symptoms of COVID-19 may be a loss of taste and smell. In the event that you develop loss of taste or smell, please contact the office of your primary healthcare provider if you have these symptoms, as they are more able to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate. We will be available by teleconference to assist your primary healthcare provider should the need arise.  

In terms of audiology, Hearing aid fittings and adjustments will continue to be done. A separate entrance to the office in Long Beach will be used for these patients, and some patients may be seen at out Los Alamitos office so as to separate them in time and space from other patients, maintaining social distancing to the best of our abilities.

In general, we urge all our patients to get as much sleep as necessary and drink plenty of fluids. It is important to wash your hands with regular soap and water Try not to touch your nose and mouth.

If you are able, please consider blood donation at your nearest hospital as there is a national shortage!

We must all work together during these stressful times! 

Sincerely

SCENT

Nina Yoshpe MD, Ayal Willner MD, Namrata Varma DO, Christy Beranek PA, Garrett Sherman NP, Susan Eckhardt AuD