Losing your hearing is nothing to be ashamed of, and you’re not alone. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that 15 percent of adult Americans struggle with hearing loss. Don’t allow the problem to progress or go unaddressed—a hearing aid device can help amplify your ability to hear everyday conversations, audio, and the general sounds around you. Dr. Arthur Katz and his team in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN, can help you with any lingering questions you have about hearing aids.
How Do You Know You Need a Hearing Aid?
Patients usually don’t want to admit that their hearing has been on the decline, but the earlier a problem is caught, the higher the likelihood that the hearing loss can be restored. If the hearing loss is permanent and is disrupting your ability to work, drive, maintain a conversation without yelling, or hear television, you may need a hearing aid. A test called an audiogram will help your Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN, hearing doctor determine if you need one of these devices.
What Are the Different Types of Hearing Aids?
Most hearing aids are placed inside or around the ear to help clarify sounds, making them more audible. These are some of the most popular types of hearing aids available to patients who are diagnosed with hearing loss:
- CIC (Completely in the Canal), which are hidden inside of the ear.
- ITE (In the Ear), which are similar to CIC aids, except larger and with more features.
- BTE (Behind the Ear), which are secured in place behind the outer ear and allow for better volume control.
Benefits of a Hearing Aid
Hearing clearly is a benefit for a number of practical reasons. It allows you to be more alert and aware of your surroundings. A hearing aid can help increase your safety (and that of others) when you’re out and about in the world, walking, exercising, and driving. Being that most modern hearing aids are designed to be discrete in appearance, you don’t have to worry too much about other noticing your device. Your Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point or Munster, IN, audiologist will help you choose one that’s ideal for you.
Get Tested and Fitted for a Hearing Aid
Once you’ve accepted that you may be experiencing some level of hearing loss, see Dr. Arthur Katz at his office in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point or Munster, IN, for a hearing evaluation. Call (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point, IN, office, or (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office today to set a date and time for your appointment.
Sinus surgery isn't always the only way to treat chronic sinus pain, inflammation and infections. Balloon sinuplasty provides a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Balloon sinuplasty is among the treatments offered by your Olympia Fields, Crown Point, and Munster, IN, ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz.
How does balloon sinuplasty work?
Chronic headaches, nasal congestion and stubborn sinus infections can make your life miserable. It's difficult to concentrate at work or school when your pain is never-ending and fatigue may make it hard to participate in your favorite activities. Although decongestants and other medications may help, they may not offer enough relief if you have chronic sinus issues.
Sinus surgery, which involves cutting the tissue and bone that block your sinuses, is one option if you have chronic sinusitis. Although the surgery is effective, recovery can be painful. Balloon surgery eliminates cutting, which speeds the recovery process and reduces post-procedure pain.
During the treatment, your Crown Point, Olympia Fields, or Munster, IN, ENT inserts a small catheter containing a tiny balloon into your nostril and passes it into your sinuses. Once the balloon is in place, he inflates it. Inflating the balloon widens your sinus walls, eliminating congestion and making it easier to breathe. Mucus or pus that has collected in your sinuses is flushed away with saline solution during the treatment.
Side effects of anesthesia make some people feel nauseated after surgery. You'll only need a local anesthetic when you choose balloon sinuplasty and won't have to worry about unpleasant side effects.
What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty offers a few important benefits when compared to traditional sinus surgery. Although recovery from traditional surgery generally takes about a month, most people can resume their normal activities two days after balloon sinuplasty.
No cutting means much less pain while you recover. You may have a sinus headache for a few days, but pain usually responds well to over-the-counter pain relievers.
Would you like to find out if balloon sinuplasty can relieve your painful sinus issues? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields office.
Snoring seems like a minor annoyance, but those loud sound effects may be a sign that you have a serious sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. ENT Dr. Arthur Katz diagnoses and treats snoring and sleep apnea at his offices in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL.
Why do I snore?
Snoring occurs when air doesn't flow freely through your nose and the upper part of your airway. If you have a cold or another type of upper respiratory infection, snoring usually stops when you recover. It can also occur if excess tissues in your throat narrow your airway, you have large tonsils or adenoids, or your throat muscles or tongue become too relaxed when you sleep and block your airway. You may also be more likely to snore if the soft palate in the roof of your mouth or your uvula is longer than normal. The uvula is the small piece of dangling tissue you see at the back of your throat.
When is snoring dangerous?
Loud snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, although everyone who snores doesn't necessarily have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing many times during the night for several seconds at a time. The cumulative effect of those pauses deprives your body of oxygen. If you don't receive treatment for your condition, your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems increases.
The pauses occur when your airway becomes blocked. If you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping or choking, you may have sleep apnea. Gasping and choking are your body's attempt to restart your breathing. In addition to breathing pauses, other symptoms of sleep apnea include constant fatigue, morning headaches, weight gain, irritability, and depression.
How can a visit to my ENT help?
Your Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Fields ENT offers treatments for both snoring and sleep apnea. Although treatment varies depending on the cause of your symptoms, it may include a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or oral appliance to keep your airway open while you sleep, minor surgery, or thermal ablation to remove excess soft tissues, or treatment to stiffen the soft palate.
Are you concerned that you may have sleep apnea? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur 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.
Several different types of hearing aids are available to help you enjoy improved hearing. An ear, nose, and throat doctor or audiologist can test your hearing and fit you for the right type of hearing aid. The hearing aid that is right for you will depend on your specific type of hearing loss, as well as your personal preferences regarding comfort, fit, and appearance. Dr. Arthur Katz is your ear, nose, and throat doctor for hearing aids in Munster, IN. Dr. Katz also has office locations in Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, for your convenience.
Types of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids all improve hearing, but there are different types to suit individuals needs and preferences. Your ear, nose, and throat doctor for hearing aids in Munster, IN, can recommend appropriate options and help you select the right type of hearing aid for you. Three common types of hearing aids include:
- Behind the Ear (BTE)
- In the Ear (ITE)
- Completely in the Canal (CIC)
Hearing aids that are placed behind the ear are suitable for a wide range of hearing loss conditions and can be worn by patients with different types of hearing loss. Behind the ear hearing aids are the largest type of hearing aid, which also makes them the most noticeable. However, behind the ear hearing aids have an advantage over other types of hearing aids with regard to volume. Behind the ear hearing aids have a greater range of volume levels so there is increased control over volume as compared to other types of hearing aids.
In the ear hearing aids are placed just inside the ear canal so they are less visible than behind the ear models. This type of hearing aid is somewhat smaller than behind the ear types, but is not the smallest option available. In the ear hearing aids offer the ability to adjust the volume and have a long battery life.
Completely in the canal hearing aids are virtually invisible to others as they sit further in the ear canal than in the ear models. Additionally, completely in the canal hearing aids are the smallest in size. This type of hearing aid is an ideal option for individuals who want the most discreet type of hearing aid available. One drawback of completely in the canal hearing aids, though, is that they are often too small to allow for volume control.
An ear, nose, and throat doctor can help determine which type of hearing aid is right for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz, your ENT doctor for hearing aids in Munster, IN, call the office at (219) 934-9396. For one of Dr. Katz’s other convenient locations, call (219) 769-8441 for Merrillville, IN, or (708) 747-6900 for Olympia Fields, IL.
Asthma is a fairly common chronic respiratory condition that affects over 20 million adults over age 18 and over six million children under age 18 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma results from inflammation and constriction of the airway, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma flare ups (also known as asthma attacks) affect all asthma sufferers and can develop at any time, usually as a result of specific triggers that vary from person to person. Asthma can be managed with medication and lifestyle modifications designed to help identify and avoid triggers. Dr. Arthur Katz, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, offers asthma diagnosis and management in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL.
Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL
There are a number of factors that can trigger a child or adult's asthma, but there are a few common signs and symptoms of asthma:
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- Pain and/or tightness in the chest
- Coughing and wheezing
- Difficulty breathing
Common environmental allergens and pollutants and respiratory irritation can trigger an attack for asthma sufferers. Some of the most common asthma triggers include:
- Environmental allergies
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Smoke (from tobacco and wood/grass burning fires)
- Chemical/industrial pollutants
- Respiratory irritation/cold and flu
- Sinus infection
What is an Asthma Attack?
A couple of things happen during an asthma attack that makes it more difficult to get air in and out of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe: the lining of the bronchial airways become swollen and inflamed, the muscles surrounding the airway constrict, and the airways fill with mucus. Many asthma sufferers report experiencing more intense symptoms at night.
What to Do During an Asthma Attack
While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed successfully with medication, asthma inhalers for flare ups, and lifestyle modifications designed to help minimize exposure to triggers. In cases of a severe attack, emergency medical treatment may be necessary to help stabilize and open the airway.
Find an ENT Doctor in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL
To learn more about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for asthma, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 in Munster, (219) 769-8441 in Merrillville, and (708) 747-6900 Olympia Fields.
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