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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.
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.
Sinusitis (also commonly referred to as a sinus infection) is a common upper respiratory problem that affects close to 30 million American adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the symptoms can be similar, many people mistake a sinus infection for a cold, but a typical sinus infection can take weeks to clear up, as opposed to a few days for the common cold. There are two types of sinus infections: acute and chronic. Acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) usually clears up within four weeks, chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) lasts more than 12 weeks. Dr. Arthur Katz, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT), offers treatment for sinusitis in the Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Falls, IL, area.
Sinusitis Symptoms and Treatment in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Falls
Most sinus infections are viral (caused by a virus), but some are caused by bacteria. (If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics.) Sinusitis symptoms vary and depend on the type and severity of infection, but the main symptom of a sinus infection is inflammation, which narrows the sinus cavity and prevents mucus from draining properly, causing fluid buildup and pressure in the sinus cavity.
The most common sinusitis symptoms include:
- Pain, swelling, and pressure behind the eyes, forehead, and nose
- Thick green or yellow nasal discharge
- Post nasal drip
- Headache and/or earache
- Bad breath
- Pain/pressure in the temples or jaw
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a sinus infection and cold or flu at first, but if your symptoms persist for a few weeks or you experience a high fever, schedule an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor for an exam and diagnosis.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Falls
To learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for sinusitis and other ear, nose, and throat problems, contact our office by calling (219) 934-9396 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz in Munster, (219) 769-8441 for Merrillville, or (708) 747-6900 for Olympia Falls.
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.