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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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
January 31, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
October 29, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Aids  

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 Aidhearing 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.





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