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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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
September 25, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma is a fairly common chronic respiratory condition that affects over 20 million adults over age 18 and over six million children under Kid with Asthmaage 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
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Asthma Triggers

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
  • Mold
  • 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.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 12, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Balloon SinuplastyDo you suffer from frequent sinus infections but aren't sure that you want to undergo sinus surgery? Balloon sinuplasty may offer a better solution for you. Otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz provides a variety of treatment options for patients with sinus issues, including balloon sinuplasty. He sees patients from the entire South-Suburban and Northwest Indiana area in his Olympia Fields, IL, and Merrillville and Munster, IN, offices.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

During balloon sinuplasty, a small, deflated balloon is passed into your sinuses via your nostrils. Once the balloon is in place, it's slowly inflated. Inflating the balloon widens sinus passage walls by compressing the tissue. The procedure helps relieve congestion and allows more efficient mucus drainage. At the conclusion of balloon sinuplasty, your sinuses will be irrigated with saline solution to remove mucus from your sinuses.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers several important benefits, including:

  • No Cutting: Endoscopic sinus surgery involves cutting and removing swollen tissue or pieces of bone that obstruct your sinus passages. There is no cutting in balloon sinuplasty.
  • Reduced Pain: You'll experience less pain after balloon sinuplasty than you would if you had endoscopic sinus surgery. In fact, most people in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Fields only experience mild pain that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may have a sinus headache following the procedure, but it will probably only last for a few days.
  • No Need for General Anesthesia: General anesthesia used in endoscopic sinus surgery can cause nausea and vomiting after surgery. Fortunately, those issues won't be a problem with balloon sinuplasty. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure you don't experience any pain during the procedure.
  • Quicker Recovery: Patients who undergo endscopic sinus surgery may need several weeks to a month to recover from surgery. Balloon sinuplasty patients can usually resume their normal activities about two days after the procedure.

Are you tired of living with constant congestion, sinus infections and headaches? Minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty can relieve your symptoms. Schedule a consultation 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
May 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a common condition. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million adults in the sleep apneaUnited States. Is it affecting you? At Arthur H. Katz, MD, there is an outstanding sleep apnea treatment specialist. He has offices in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL. Watch for these five common sleep apnea symptoms.

1. Loud Snoring

One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Over time, the snoring can occur more often and get louder. Snoring can cause disruptions to your sleep and your partner's sleep.​

2. Pauses in Breathing

Sleep apnea causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing, accompanied with gasping episodes when sleeping. According to Huffington Post, pauses in breathing may occur 30 times or more per hour. Pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes. Typically, normal breathing then begins again, sometimes with a choking sound or loud snort.

3. Daytime Sleepiness

Another common symptom of sleep apnea is sleepiness during the day. You may find yourself falling asleep during the moments of the day when you are not active. People with excessive daytime sleepiness are at risk of work-related and motor vehicle accidents.​

4. Mood Swings

Feeling moody? Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include irritability, depression, personality changes, emotional lability, or mood swings. Many people have found relief from mood swings when they address and treat their sleep apnea.​

5. Morning Headaches

Sleep apnea can cause morning headaches. These morning headaches result from significant changes within the bloodstream as a result of airway obstruction. Mild sleep apnea, however, does not usually cause morning headaches.

You can stop sleep apnea today! Call Dr. Arthur Katz to schedule an appointment in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health, so it's important to see seek help.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
February 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sinus pain   Sinuplasty  

Find out if your sinus symptoms could be enough to require sinuplasty treatment.sinuplasty

Are you dealing with chronic sinus issues? Do you feel as if nasal congestion is here to stay? Have you tried over-the-counter nasal sprays and other treatments to no avail? If so, don’t lose heart. Our Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, is here to provide information about sinuplasty and whether it could finally give you the relief you need.

What is sinuplasty?

Sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive way to treat issues related to chronic sinusitis. This is a great option for someone looking for relief from these issues but without the need for surgery. This procedure does not require any incisions or cutting of tissue or bone, and can be performed by our ENT doctor right here in Olympia Fields, Munster and Merrillville.

What does this procedure entail?

Once local anesthesia has been administered there are several simple steps that are involved in a balloon sinuplasty:

Step 1: We will place the small balloon catheter into the blocked passages of the sinuses.

Step 2: We will inflate the balloon to widen the walls of the sinuses.

Step 3: A saline solution will be sprayed into the sinuses to remove any bacteria or mucus.

Step 4: Once the passages have been expanded and the sinuses have been flushed out we will remove the catheter.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure will vary, so it’s always a good idea to ask us prior to your sinuplasty. This is an outpatient procedure, so anyone undergoing this procedure will return home the same day.

What is the recovery time?

Since there is not cutting involved recovery time for this procedure is very fast. The majority of patients usually return to their normal activities after a couple of days.

Who could benefit from sinuplasty?

If you have been dealing with chronic sinusitis and medication or other treatment options aren’t giving you the relief you need then you could be an ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty. It’s important that you talk to our doctor first to determine what treatment is best for you.

If you are looking to treat your chronic sinus problems in Munster or Merrillville, IN, or in Olympia Fields, IL, then it’s time you called our ENT office today.