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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 23, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: hearing aid  

Are you experiencing hearing loss? Is it difficult to understand conversations at a restaurant or family party? Do you have tinnitus, a constantHearing Aids ringing or buzzing sound in your ears? If so, Dr. Arthur Katz, board-certified otolaryngologist in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, can evaluate your hearing and recommend the right course of action. He will answer this question, "Would hearing aids help me?"

Why people lose their hearing

The Hearing Loss Association of America says that a full 20 percent of Americans have some kind and degree of hearing loss. That amounts to almost 50 million people! What are the reasons behind this health problem? Experts such as Dr. Katz say that people struggle with their hearing because of circulatory problems, deterioration or injury to the bones in their ears or because of progressive nerve deterioration due to noise exposure, age or certain medications.

Unfortunately, hearing loss usually is gradual and can be so subtle that most individuals don't notice they have a problem--that is, until a friend, relative or coworker says something. If you think you are not hearing as well as you used to, if loved ones have told you they are repeating themselves or if your favorite TV program needs to be at a higher volume, you may have a hearing problem. Hearing aids may be just what you need to be safe, participate in social situations again and just enjoy life.

Kinds of hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are true wonders of digital technology and science. All types of hearing aids contain tiny microphones to amplify incoming sounds. Many manage, or filter, different kinds of sounds, helping the individual to focus on conversation or other important sounds. For instance, hearing aids can make human speech more prominent and background noise less so.

In addition, some models contain feedback canceling features, eliminating the annoying squealing noise of older hearing aids. Finally, some hearing aids are programmable, dovetailing with applications on smartphones or other mobile devices so the wearers can adjust volume and other variables themselves.

In general, hearing aids fall into three categories:

  • CIC, or completely in the canal. These instruments are completely hidden in the ear itself, making them the optimal cosmetic choice.
  • ITE, or in the ear. These hearing aids are larger, have more features and fit within the outer structure of the ear.
  • BTE, or behind the ear. The amplifier is positioned within the ear canal while the electronic parts residing on top of the outer part of the ear. These hearing aids work well for people needing more amplification.

Find out more in Merrillville, Munster and Olympia Fields

If you do have hearing loss and are a good candidate for hearing aids, Dr. Katz will guide you in the selection of the instrument just right for you. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon; so you can count on his expertise and on his caring attitude, too. Please call (219) 934-9396 for a hearing consultation in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
May 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a common condition. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million adults in the sleep apneaUnited States. Is it affecting you? At Arthur H. Katz, MD, there is an outstanding sleep apnea treatment specialist. He has offices in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL. Watch for these five common sleep apnea symptoms.

1. Loud Snoring

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Over time, the snoring can occur more often and get louder. Snoring can cause disruptions to your sleep and your partner's sleep.​

2. Pauses in Breathing

Sleep apnea causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing, accompanied with gasping episodes when sleeping. According to Huffington Post, pauses in breathing may occur 30 times or more per hour. Pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes. Typically, normal breathing then begins again, sometimes with a choking sound or loud snort.

3. Daytime Sleepiness

Another common symptom of sleep apnea is sleepiness during the day. You may find yourself falling asleep during the moments of the day when you are not active. People with excessive daytime sleepiness are at risk of work-related and motor vehicle accidents.​

4. Mood Swings

Feeling moody? Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include irritability, depression, personality changes, emotional lability, or mood swings. Many people have found relief from mood swings when they address and treat their sleep apnea.​

5. Morning Headaches

Sleep apnea can cause morning headaches. These morning headaches result from significant changes within the bloodstream as a result of airway obstruction. Mild sleep apnea, however, does not usually cause morning headaches.

You can stop sleep apnea today! Call Dr. Arthur Katz to schedule an appointment in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health, so it's important to see seek help.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
February 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sinus pain   Sinuplasty  

Find out if your sinus symptoms could be enough to require sinuplasty treatment.sinuplasty

Are you dealing with chronic sinus issues? Do you feel as if nasal congestion is here to stay? Have you tried over-the-counter nasal sprays and other treatments to no avail? If so, don’t lose heart. Our Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, is here to provide information about sinuplasty and whether it could finally give you the relief you need.

What is sinuplasty?

Sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive way to treat issues related to chronic sinusitis. This is a great option for someone looking for relief from these issues but without the need for surgery. This procedure does not require any incisions or cutting of tissue or bone, and can be performed by our ENT doctor right here in Olympia Fields, Munster and Merrillville.

What does this procedure entail?

Once local anesthesia has been administered there are several simple steps that are involved in a balloon sinuplasty:

Step 1: We will place the small balloon catheter into the blocked passages of the sinuses.

Step 2: We will inflate the balloon to widen the walls of the sinuses.

Step 3: A saline solution will be sprayed into the sinuses to remove any bacteria or mucus.

Step 4: Once the passages have been expanded and the sinuses have been flushed out we will remove the catheter.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure will vary, so it’s always a good idea to ask us prior to your sinuplasty. This is an outpatient procedure, so anyone undergoing this procedure will return home the same day.

What is the recovery time?

Since there is not cutting involved recovery time for this procedure is very fast. The majority of patients usually return to their normal activities after a couple of days.

Who could benefit from sinuplasty?

If you have been dealing with chronic sinusitis and medication or other treatment options aren’t giving you the relief you need then you could be an ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty. It’s important that you talk to our doctor first to determine what treatment is best for you.

If you are looking to treat your chronic sinus problems in Munster or Merrillville, IN, or in Olympia Fields, IL, then it’s time you called our ENT office today.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 22, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma  

Are you experiencing breathing difficulties? Find out if you could have asthma.

How do you know if you have asthma? Our Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, gets this question a lot. It isn’t always as easy as you may think to tell whether your symptoms are that of asthma or another respiratory problem, but we are here to give you the lowdown on this condition and what to look for if you think you may have it.

The Earliest Signs that You May Have Asthma

Knowing what to look for ahead of time could end up being a lifesaver when it comes to figuring out whether you have asthma or not. While these symptoms will not be severe enough to affect your daily activities, it’s still good to be able to pinpoint an asthma attack so you can prevent worse ones in the future. Early asthma symptoms include,

  • Being short of breath or losing breath easily
  • Frequently coughing, often at night
  • Wheezing after working out
  • Feeling tired after exercising
  • Sore throat, runny nose, congestion and other signs of allergies or a cold
  • Feeling moody or irritable

At the first signs of asthma, it’s important that you are fully evaluated by our Munster and Merrillville and Olympia Fields ENT doctor to determine whether you have asthma or not. Many people with asthma are able to control their flare-ups with medication.

The Signs of an Asthma Attack

When you have an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the airways constrict around the passageways, causing them to swell up and create more mucus than normal. Symptoms of an asthma attack include rapid breathing, persistent coughing, severe wheezing, tightening of the chest muscles, pale skin and the feeling as if you are having an anxiety attack. Symptoms of an asthma attack can come on suddenly and severely so it’s always important that you come in for treatment so that you can keep your asthma under control.

If you are dealing with asthma symptoms in Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL then it’s time you called Dr. Katz, our ENT specialist, for help. Turn to the experts you can trust so that you can breathe a little easier.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
October 28, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing aid   hearing loss  

Hearing loss is a frustrating condition. It's estimated that around 20 percent of Americans have some difficulty hearing, with 60 percent of hearing aidsthose people still working or attending school. However, many people are resistant to treating their hearing loss, believing it to be a sign of aging or weakness. However, Dr. Arthur Katz, your ear, nose and throat doctor in Merrillville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, offers a few reasons why wearing hearing aids can be a life-changing decision.

Confidence

Many people with hearing impairment often begin to retreat from social situations due to the inability to "keep up" with a conversation. At this point, hearing loss becomes not only frustrating but isolating as well. Constantly asking others to repeat themselves can lead to a breakdown in communication and unnecessary conflict. A recent survey, performed by the National Council on Aging, found that 30 percent of people who did not seek treatment for their hearing loss reported feeling sad and withdrawn for more than two weeks during the time they were dealing with hearing loss. With hearing aids, however, you can feel more comfortable participating in social gatherings and carrying on conversations.

Safety

If your hearing prevents you from picking up on warning sounds like smoke detectors or police sirens, you could be putting yourself at a higher risk for an accident. Although these sounds are loud, there are types of hearing loss that muffle, even eliminate high-pitched noises. Choosing to wear hearing aids prescribed by your Merrillville, Olympia Fields and Munster ENT physician could be a life-saving decision.

Currently, only about 14 percent of people with hearing loss are wearing corrective aids, but the vast majority are thrilled with their renewed ability to hear, understand and communicate. You too can experience those feelings by contacting the office of Dr. Katz in Merrillville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, to set up a consultation!





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