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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 30, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

It’s important to understand and pinpoint the symptoms of hearing loss.

Just like fine lines and wrinkles, hearing loss also develops over time. Therefore, it isn’t always obvious when you are dealing with hearing loss, especially during the early stages. Our Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz wants to make sure that you get the care you need to treat hearing loss early on. This means being able to spot the warning signs of hearing loss.

The main types of hearing loss include,

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: the most common type caused by damage to hair cells
  • Conductive hearing loss: a less common form of hearing loss that results in damage or trauma to the outer or middle ear
  • Mixed hearing loss: this is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss

The symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss include,

  • Having trouble understanding women and children
  • Having trouble hearing certain sounds like the phone or the doorbell
  • Hearing people but don’t know what they are saying
  • Having difficulty understanding words with consonants such as s, h, f or th

The symptoms of conductive hearing loss include,

  • Trouble hearing out of one ear more than another
  • Pressure or pain in one or both ears
  • Trouble hearing soft sounds no matter the pitch

Mixed hearing loss can affect one or both ears and symptoms of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss may be present.

While we often associate hearing loss with adults, children can also develop hearing loss. Soon after your child is born your doctor will perform a newborn infant hearing screening. Of course, not all forms of hearing loss are detected at birth. Symptoms of childhood hearing loss include,

  • Speech delays
  • No startle response to loud noises
  • Poor academic performance
  • Behavioral issues
  • A learning disability

General symptoms of hearing loss include,

  • Voices sound muffled
  • It sounds like people are mumbling
  • You ask people to repeat themselves often
  • You have trouble understanding conversations in noisy environments
  • You often watch lips rather than make eye contact with talking
  • You can’t pinpoint where a sound is coming from
  • You find yourself exhausted after social events
  • You experiencing ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • You have trouble hearing people on the phone

If you are having trouble understanding those around you then it warrants scheduling a hearing screening with our ENT team. Call one of our offices in Munster or Crown Point, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, today to schedule a consultation.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
November 13, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out the best treatment options for addressing your sleep apnea.

It is estimated that around 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and that as many as 80 percent of those with moderate to severe sleep apneasleep apnea are undiagnosed. If left untreated this sleep disorder won’t just affect your academic or work performance but also your health, increasing your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea our otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN can help.
 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Here are some of the common warning signs that you or your partner might have obstructive sleep apnea,

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sore, dry throats in the morning
  • Waking up gasping or choking in the middle of the night
  • Mental fog and poor memory
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Restless sleep

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea it’s important that you see our ENT doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. While snoring is a classic sign of sleep apnea, not all snorers have sleep apnea. The sooner you get the treatment you need to get your sleep apnea under control the better.
 

Treating Sleep Apnea

The treatment plan that our otolaryngologist will map out for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea. The most common treatment option is CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure), in which a mask is worn over the face to deliver the right amount of pressurized air to keep the passages open and free of obstructions while you sleep.

There are also certain lifestyle modifications that you can make to improve your symptoms. These changes include,

  • Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Sleeping on your side

There are also procedures that can be performed to remove excess tissue in the back of the throat to prevent airway obstructions. These procedures include Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), thermal ablation, and genioglossus and hyoid advancement. Those with mild sleep apnea may be able to alleviate symptoms with a simple custom oral appliance worn during sleep. During your consultation, our ENT doctor would be happy to go over the different treatment options available to you.

Are you looking for a doctor in Munster and Crown Point, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, who can treat your sleep apnea? Rest assured that Dr. Katz and his team can help you get the proper care you need for better sleep night after night. Call us today to schedule a consultation. 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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
August 07, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Asthma  

Your breathing problems may be symptoms of asthma, according to your ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz, located in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN. Here is some more information about asthma symptoms and treatments.

What is asthma?

Asthma varies from one person to another, from symptoms to severity. The basic cause, however, is when small airways in your lungs become narrow, swell and produce excess mucus. This results in overworking your lungs because they need to work harder to move air in and out.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

As mentioned above, the symptoms vary from one person to another but they include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Pain in your chest
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping

Symptoms are triggered when you spend time around a particular substance, an allergen like smoke or perfume, and results in an asthma flare up. Other reasons for asthma flares could be weather conditions, colds, the flu, dust, mold, pollens or animal dander. There's even an exercise-induced asthma, which results in an asthma flare five to 10 minutes after you begin exercising or exerting yourself.

How can I tell if I have asthma?

Determining whether or not you have asthma can be difficult because colds and the flu can also cause the same symptoms: coughing or wheezing. If your symptoms continue longer than a few weeks, you may have asthma. Contact your Munster ear, nose and throat doctor for a definite diagnosis and treatment options.

How is asthma treated?

  • Daily inhaled corticosteroid decrease flare-ups and control symptoms.
  • A prescribed quick-relief inhaler used when you experience a flare-up.
  • Other medications may also be recommended, like oral medications and inhalers combining corticosteroids and beta agonists, they'll basically keep airways open.

If you have asthma or suspect that you may have the disease, contact Dr. Arthur Katz at his office in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point or Munster, IN, to make an appointment. 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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 05, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Losing your hearing is nothing to be ashamed of, and you’re not alone. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Hearing-AidDisorders 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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
March 08, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Sinus surgery isn't always the only way to treat chronic sinus pain, inflammation and infections. Balloon sinuplasty provides a minimally ENTinvasive 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.





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