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Walk4Hearing

Walk4Hearing is a nationwide event bringing awareness to hearing loss and the importance of hearing health. On Sunday, June 5th physicians, caregivers, and families joined together to Walk4Hearing in Long Beach, CA.    Dr. Voelker was walking at the Walk4Hearing and met with many of her previous cochlear implant patients. It was such a joy to see her patients and their progress with hearing loss and hearing health.   Hearing health has no age range. There are infants and older folk …

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National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month to raise public knowledge and awareness for patients. For most migraine and headache patients it is an endless battle against this disease. Those who suffer from migraine and headaches can frequently be misunderstood as this may seem as an invisible disease.  What are migraines?   Migraines are chronic and often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. They often cause throbbing, pulsing, and intensity in one particular area on the …

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“2022 Ear, Nose, and Throat Updates and Pearls for PCPs” – CME Highlights

Dr. David Butler on the CME stage.  Our CME, “2022 Ear, Nose, and Throat Updates and Pearls for PCPs” on May 14th was a success. The sessions were designed to provide primary care physicians with insight on the management of common ear, nose, and throat concerns. Participants were able to identify and treat effects of COVID-19 related to the head and neck, list innovative ways to treat various forms of hearing loss, understand techniques on how to improve the nasal …

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Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection?

By: Abbas A. Anwar , MD  Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection? Many medical specialists now believe that acute sinusitis as a cause of recurrent headaches is a relatively rare phenomenon. What if I told you that a self-diagnosing patient and a well-intentioned treating physician would be wrong 80% of the time in treating acute sinusitis based on the standard complaints of acute nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, eye discharge, periorbital pressure and headache. These symptoms sound classic …

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Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma

Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma  Cristobal from Ventura, California was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma. Cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that begins at the margin of the eardrum and invades the middle ear and mastoid (arrow). This is an infection that deteriorates the ear drum which results in a decreased hearing loss. Cristobal thought he would never recover his hearing. Symptoms have occurred and grown since he was about 4-years old. He experienced consistent ear pain and bleeding. Cristobal found it difficult …

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Patient Testimonial: Ronnie – Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy

  Patient Testimonial: Ronnie -Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy Ronnie had been experiencing multiple ear infections and eczema in the ear for several years. Ronnie had always felt there was cotton stuck in his ear. His ear infections, pain, and swelling continued to reoccur. After multiple visits to the emergency room, urgent care, and other ENT offices no one was able to diagnose Ronnie. Ronnie knew there was something wrong with his reoccurring ear infections and says, “I pretty much kind of …

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Case Presentation – Facial Paralysis

By: Dr. Amit Kochhar  A 26-year-old woman presents with a 1 year history of complete right sided facial paralysis that began immediately following removal of a large acoustic neuroma. In addition to her right facial droop, she also complained of right nasal obstruction and difficulty eating and drinking from the right side of her mouth. She felt it had become more difficult for others to comprehend her speech.  Examination Complete right sided facial paralysis.  Incomplete right upper eyelid closure.  Severe …

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Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum

  Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum Johanna was diagnosed with an Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum. In 2019, she was diagnosed during an ER visit. Shortly after being diagnosed with the tumor, she was also diagnosed pre-diabetic with ketoacidosis. Johanna was placed on insulin for 6-7 months prior to surgery. Johanna met with Dr. Barkhoudarian from Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Dr. Griffiths who were preparing her for surgery. She …

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Case Presentation – Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

By: Dr. Courtney Voelker A 52-year-old male presented to his primary care physician complaining of 2 days of right-sided hearing loss and a “roaring” right-sided tinnitus. There were no obvious inciting factors and the patient reports he first noticed hearing loss upon awakening 2 days prior. The patient denied any associated otalgia, otorrhea, or vertigo but did report some right-sided aural pressure. He felt that his hearing loss may have been due to cerumen impaction as he had been prone …

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Pacific Head and Neck Founder’s Message

By: Chester Griffiths At Pacific Head and Neck, we are looking forward to the post-pandemic in-person landscape to offer innovative solutions for providers and their patients. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is a unique surgical subspecialty encompassing the diseases in children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. We offer office-based medical treatments or surgical treatments. As a result of the pandemic, we have utilized remote Telemedicine Care for our patient interactions but have all missed the …

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