Hearing loss can be very frustrating, but working with a professional can help you regain your hearing and your confidence. Understanding your choices when it comes to hearing aids is one of the first steps you take in the process. Below are some of the types of hearing aids Dr. Arthur Katz prescribes for patients at his ENT practice in Merriville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL.
For an almost-invisible approach to hearing enhancement, in-the-ear, or ITE, hearing aids fit snugly in the opening of the ear. Patients who have mild to moderate hearing loss often benefit the most from ITE hearing aids. Because they are so small, some of the ITE styles do not have manual controls, which may not provide the wearer with optimal hearing enhancement. Adequate dexterity is also needed to manage the smallest ITE aids effectively. There are, however, low-profile hearing aids which fit into the "bowl" of the ear and are easier to control. All ITE hearing aids have a variety of skin tone options to choose from, making them even more discrete.
These hearing aids, known as BTE, fit against the top of the ear, often curving behind it, with thin plastic tubing that focuses sounds into the ear through an attachment at the other end. Some of our Munster, Merriville, and Olympia Fields ENT patients prefer BTE aids because they do not block the ear canal as fully as ITE aids. They are designed to match your skin tone, although you can choose bright colors and embellishments to match your personality as well! BTE hearing aids are typically more versatile, accommodating hearing loss that ranges from mild to profound.
Your ENT doctor, Dr. Katz, is available to help you determine which type of hearing aid will give you the best correction and comfort. To make an appointment, contact our office in Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL today.
Find out if your sleepless nights could be due to this common sleep disorder.
We know that lack of sleep is truly an epidemic for Americans. While bad sleep habits such as playing games on your smartphone before bed can lead to a night of tossing and turning, we also realize that sometimes there is more to it. If you find yourself waking up exhausted and spending the workday falling asleep at your desk, then you’ll want to learn more about sleep apnea from our very own Olympia Fields, IL and Merrillville and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz.
What is sleep apnea?
This common sleep disorder, which affects millions of Americans, causes pauses in breath throughout the course of the night. These pauses in breath may last only a few seconds or up to a few minutes. This is why some people with sleep apnea snore loudly or even wake up feeling as if they are gasping for air.
What are some of the ramifications of having this sleep disorder?
Whether you suspect that you might have sleep apnea or you were just diagnosed by our Olympia Fields, Merrillville and Munster ENT doctor, it’s important that you get the proper treatment you need. So, what happens if you don’t treat sleep apnea?
Well, first and foremost you won’t be getting the quality sleep you deserve. As you might already know, not getting the proper sleep you need can not just lead to extreme daytime exhaustion but can lead to depression and mood swings, as well. It can ruin your concentration and greatly impact your performance at work. It can also leave you prone to work-related injuries.
As if this wasn’t enough bad news, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can also put you at risk for other health problems such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- High cholesterol levels
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver disease
Luckily, we can help you to manage your symptoms, help you sleep better and reduce your chances of developing these health problems now or in the future. We can diagnose and provide you with the sleep apnea treatment you need to wake up finally feeling refreshed.
We offer three convenient locations in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, to get the ear, nose and throat care you need. Whether you are plagued with severe allergies or sleep apnea, we are here to help. Call Dr. Katz today.
Is your asthma well controlled? A variety of treatment options can help you avoid flare ups and potentially serious consequences of the disease. Our ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz, in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, discusses several types of asthma treatments.
Common asthma treatment options
Depending on the severity of your condition and the frequency of your flare ups, one or more of these treatment options may be recommended when you visit our Munster, Merrillville or Olympia Fields office:
- Rescue Inhalers: Short-acting bronchiodilator inhalers are used only when you experience an asthma attack. The inhalers quickly work to relax and open your airways.
- Long-Acting Inhalers: Long-acting bronchodilators help you avoid flare ups by keeping your airways relaxed. Because each puff opens your airways for about 12 hours, it's important to use long-acting inhalers twice daily.
- Oral Bronchodilators: In some cases, oral medication to open your airways and relax the muscles around your airways may be recommended. Oral medications are effective for 24 hours.
- Inhaled Corticosteroids: Inhaled corticosteroids decrease airway inflammation that can worsen symptoms.
- Combination Inhalers: These inhalers contain corticosteroids and beta-2-agonists, medications that open airways and reduce inflammation.
- Additional Medications: Other medications may also be recommended occasionally, such as drugs that loosen phlegm, oral steroids or antibiotics if you develop an infection.
Preventing asthma flare ups
In addition to using prescription medications, identifying your asthma triggers and taking steps to eliminate or avoid them can help you keep your condition under control. If cigarette smoke or pollution worsens your breathing, avoid smoking and secondhand smoke and pay attention to air quality forecasts for the area. If the forecast is poor, limit the amount of time you spend outdoors.
Allergies are a common asthma trigger. Allergy medications or shots can help you avoid sneezing, water eyes and other unpleasant symptoms of pollen, pet, mold and other allergies and also prevent asthma attacks. Other possible asthma triggers include severe weather, fog, humidity, cold air, exercise, perfumes and other strong aromas.
Protect your health with asthma treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Merrillville, IN, office or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office.
Relief from your sinus infection symptoms could be right around the corner.
If you’ve been dealing with a sinus infection and haven’t been able to find a reprieve from your symptoms, then it’s time you turned to our Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz for help. Not being able to breathe properly, or dealing with facial pain and tenderness should not be the norm. Find out how this simple, non-surgical treatment could help you.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
In the past, those suffering from chronic sinusitis had to undergo invasive surgery, but now that’s changed thanks to advancing technology. Now our Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, doctor is able to treat your sinus issues without needing to remove any bone or tissue, or needing to make incisions.
Instead, we will guide a small catheter that contains a deflated balloon into the sinus cavity. Once we reached the block sinuses, we will inflate the balloon, which will help to open up the passageways and remove the blockage.
Once the sinuses have been opened, a saline solution will be sprayed into the cavity to remove any pus or mucus that may have built up. Once the passageways are open and clear, we will remove the balloon catheter. This procedure is completely safe and will not affect the durability of the lining or walls within the sinuses.
Who is a good candidate for this treatment?
If you have been experiencing facial pressure and pain, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, a decrease or loss of smell, or sinus-related headaches and you haven't found relief from prescription medications, then it might be the perfect time to find out if balloon sinuplasty is the next best approach to treating your sinus problems and eliminating your symptoms. This may also be a great option for someone who experiences multiple sinus infections throughout the year.
How long will I experience relief from my sinus symptoms after this procedure?
This will vary from person to person. There are some people who reported a significant improvement in their symptoms nine months after the procedure, while others have still experienced relief after two years.
If you are interested in getting balloon sinuplasty in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, then it’s time you called our office and scheduled your no-risk consultation with Dr. Katz.
Are you experiencing hearing loss? Is it difficult to understand conversations at a restaurant or family party? Do you have tinnitus, a constant 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.
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