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By Arthur H Katz MD
August 26, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing aids have become so customizable over the years that there can be a lot of information to filter. Dr. Arthur Katz would like to answer some frequently asked questions about hearing aids.

FAQs About Hearing Aids

Is Background Noise Still an Issue?

Microphones still have no full way of knowing what is “background” noise versus sound you wish to hear. However, voice recognition technology has made it much easier for a microphone to determine speech versus noise and can amplify the speech over the other sounds. 

How Long is the Process of Getting Hearing Aids?

That depends. For so long as there are no special needs, your ear can be fitted on the initial visit. If an unusual need or shape is required, then a follow-up visit may be required. From there, receiving the hearing aid is a matter of which type is selected and what features are added (if any)?

What Are the Types of Hearing Aids?

There are Behind the Ear hearing aids, which have a portion that feeds into the ear. There are the common Full Shell size hearing aids, which fit inside the ear. Then, there are the Canal size hearing aids, which consume less space inside the ear. All use the same circuitry and are mainly chosen according to need and appearance.

Can I Use Someone Else’s Hearing Aids?

There are many reasons that this is not a good idea. For starters, the canal fit may not be proper, which results in a loss of effectiveness. From there, the strength may be inappropriate for your needs. Anything that is stronger or weaker may inadvertently accelerate hearing loss. 

When Should I Consider a Hearing Aid?

This is a personal decision and requires a lot of reflection on your situation. Delaying addressing hearing loss can serve to make hearing loss occur faster. Believe it or not, getting hearing aids sooner, rather than later, can prolong the level of hearing that you still have. 

How Do I Find a Qualified Doctor to Help?

Patients in the Munster, IN, area need to look no further. Dr. Arthur Katz has a focus on otolaryngology and has an outstanding professional team to assist. To learn how Dr. Katz can help answer your hearing aid questions, call (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to schedule a consultation.

By Arthur H Katz MD
July 22, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Chronic sinusitis sufferers can finally find relief through this minimally invasive procedure.

According to the CDC, approximately 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Are you one of them? If you are battling chronic sinusitis then you’re used to facial congestion and pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throats, and even headaches. Perhaps you’ve attempted just about every treatment possible, but nothing has helped alleviate your sinus symptoms. If you’re at your wit's end trying to find something to help make your chronic sinusitis better, then consider the benefits of getting balloon sinuplasty from our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This endoscopic surgery is recommended for patients who’ve been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and aren’t experiencing relief from medication. This non-surgical procedure helps to open up blocked sinuses and improve nasal breathing.

What are the pros of this sinus surgery?

This surgery offers an array of benefits for the chronic sinusitis sufferer including:

Less invasive: Unlike other traditional sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty does not remove bone or tissue from the nose, making the recovery time much faster with fewer possible post-procedural side effects.

Effective: Many patients not only notice instant relief and the ability to properly breathe out of their noses again but also results from this procedure can last up to two years or more.

Quick recovery time: Since no incisions or cutting is involved and the techniques are minimally invasive, recovery time is significantly reduced compared to more traditional sinus surgeries. While this will vary a bit depending on each patient, it’s still pretty quick. Most patient can resume their normal activities within a couple of days.

Performed in-office: You can now have this procedure right here in our office under topical anesthesia. This means a faster treatment with fewer side effects. No operating room and no general anesthesia.

What is involved in the balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Before turning to our Munster, IN, ENT team for balloon sinuplasty you might want to know what to expect. Here are the steps involved in the popular procedure,

Step 1: You will receive topical anesthesia to numb the area before the endoscopy

Step 2: Our ENT team will use a guided wire to navigate the balloon catheter into the blocked sinuses

Step 3: The balloon is then inflated to enlarge the sinus pathways and remove the blockage to allow for proper sinus drainage

Step 4: A saline solution is sprayed into the sinus cavity to remove mucus and bacteria

Step 5: Our ENT team will carefully remove the balloon catheter from your sinuses

Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?

Do you have chronic sinusitis or recurrent rhinosinusitis? Are the medications prescribed to you not working? Then you could be a good candidate for this treatment.

To find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, who also serves the Olympia Fields, IL, area. Call (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to book an appointment.

By Arthur H Katz MD
July 21, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Discover the long-term benefits of wearing a hearing aid.

There are certain songs that you once loved to hear but now it seems like you can’t really hear or understand them. You may find yourself turning the volume up to the max, and yet music just sounds different. This can be particularly unnerving for people, especially for audiophiles who are dealing with hearing loss, but our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help you enjoy music and sounds again with hearing aids.

What are the warning signs of hearing loss?

Wondering if you’re dealing with the beginnings of hearing loss? You might think it would be easy to tell, but hearing loss is so gradual that you might not even notice until it’s progressed. Some warning signs include:

  • Feeling like people are mumbling more than usual
  • Straining to hear people, particularly when you’re in a group setting
  • Having trouble hearing the TV or radio unless the volume is very high
  • People complaining that your TV or radio is too loud
  • Having trouble following dialogue in movies or shows
  • Zoning out and not listening to those around you because it’s too difficult to stay in the conversation
  • Having to look at faces to understand them
  • Having people repeat themselves regularly

Certain sounds and pitches may be more difficult for you to understand and while the voice or sound may be loud enough you may not actually be able to understand what is being said because certain high-pitched consonants are no longer easy to hear. If you also find it more challenging to understand someone when there is noise in the background, this is another sign that it’s time to turn to our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist for a hearing evaluation and to see if hearing aids are right for you.

What can a hearing aid do for me?

Most people assume that hearing aids will restore hearing in the same way that glasses or contact lenses do for vision. It’s important to recognize that a hearing aid will not correct your hearing but rather amplify these problem sounds to make it easier for you to hear those around you, as well as other important sounds such as the oven timer or the doorbell. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you’ll get more benefit from wearing hearing aids in both ears. This is often the case unless our otolaryngologist tells you otherwise.

If you are ready to sit down with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, to learn more about hearing aids and to choose the perfect model for you, simply call our Munster or Olympia Fields, IL, office today at (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to schedule an appointment.

By Arthur H Katz MD
April 30, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Hearing loss directly affects your ability to communicate with others, and you may not even realize just how much of a conversation you're missing out on. A hearing aid can improve your communication skills and your life.

If you think it's time for hearing aids, Arthur H Katz MD can help. If you find yourself having to read lips, asking people to repeat themselves, or saying 'what?' a lot, these are signs you could be suffering from hearing loss. Come see us in our Munster, IN, locations for hearing aids, and get back into the conversation!

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that helps amplify sound. They do not restore your hearing but are designed to amplify the sounds entering the ear. Hearing aids can be worn discreetly in or around the ear and help you process sounds more clearly.

All hearing aids have four basic parts. A microphone to pick up sound, a processor that enhances the signal and delivers it to the receiver, which delivers an amplified signal to the ear canal, and a battery or power source. There are many different styles of hearing aids available and the best one for you will depend on your lifestyle and needs.

How will a hearing aid help me?

The most obvious benefit of hearing aids is you'll be able to process sound with more clarity. You can understand those around you better and communicate more effectively. The improved hearing comes along with other perks, too.

Hearing well can even improve confidence. It's been shown that loss of hearing can come with a loss of self-esteem and affect your confidence in conversations. Being able to hear well again helps you feel less isolated and more connected to others.

Another benefit of hearing aids is that they are very small and discrete. you can improve your hearing without having a large or obvious device attached to your ear. Hearing aids are also designed to be very easy to use.

Hearing aids will improve your hearing and boost your confidence! If you think it's time for hearing aids, contact Arthur H Katz MD at our Munster, IN, location by dialing (219) 934-9396.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
January 27, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, or facial pain or pressure could be signs of sinusitis. If you've been suffering from these and other unpleasant symptoms, your otolaryngologist in Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, Dr. Arthur Katz, offers several treatments that can ease your discomfort.

How sinusitis starts

Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed and swollen. Allergies, bacterial or fungal infections, or viruses frequently cause the condition. In fact, you may be more likely to develop sinusitis after you've had a cold or another upper respiratory viral infection.

Common sinusitis symptoms

If you have sinusitis, you may experience or notice:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Thickened nasal discharge, which may be yellow or green
  • Facial pain (Pain and pressure may occur in your forehead, around your eyes or in your cheeks.)
  • Cough
  • Fullness or pressure in the ears
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue

Have you developed a toothache in addition to any of these common symptoms? The problem may actually be related to your inflamed sinuses. The roots of the upper teeth can become irritated when you have sinusitis, triggering pain that feels very much like a toothache.

Treatments for sinusitis

Sinusitis often goes away on its own in a week or two. While you wait to get better, try rinsing your sinuses with saline solution or taking decongestants. Warm compresses can relieve facial pain, as can over-the-counter pain relievers.

If sinusitis symptoms last more than a few weeks, or your symptoms are severe, it's a good idea to visit the Olympia Fields or Munster otolaryngology office. Prescription decongestants, antihistamines or corticosteroids may help decrease inflammation and nasal congestion. If sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you'll receive a prescription for antibiotics.

When sinusitis is a common problem due to allergies, your otolaryngologist can prescribe allergy medication and make a few suggestions that will help you reduce your exposure to allergens.

Are you concerned that you may have sinusitis? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz, your Olympia Fields and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist. Schedule an appointment with the Munster office by calling (219) 934-9396 or with the Olympia Fields office by calling (708) 747-6900.

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