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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 23, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: hearing aid  

Are you experiencing hearing loss? Is it difficult to understand conversations at a restaurant or family party? Do you have tinnitus, a constantHearing Aids ringing or buzzing sound in your ears? If so, Dr. Arthur Katz, board-certified otolaryngologist in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, can evaluate your hearing and recommend the right course of action. He will answer this question, "Would hearing aids help me?"

Why people lose their hearing

The Hearing Loss Association of America says that a full 20 percent of Americans have some kind and degree of hearing loss. That amounts to almost 50 million people! What are the reasons behind this health problem? Experts such as Dr. Katz say that people struggle with their hearing because of circulatory problems, deterioration or injury to the bones in their ears or because of progressive nerve deterioration due to noise exposure, age or certain medications.

Unfortunately, hearing loss usually is gradual and can be so subtle that most individuals don't notice they have a problem--that is, until a friend, relative or coworker says something. If you think you are not hearing as well as you used to, if loved ones have told you they are repeating themselves or if your favorite TV program needs to be at a higher volume, you may have a hearing problem. Hearing aids may be just what you need to be safe, participate in social situations again and just enjoy life.

Kinds of hearing aids

Modern hearing aids are true wonders of digital technology and science. All types of hearing aids contain tiny microphones to amplify incoming sounds. Many manage, or filter, different kinds of sounds, helping the individual to focus on conversation or other important sounds. For instance, hearing aids can make human speech more prominent and background noise less so.

In addition, some models contain feedback canceling features, eliminating the annoying squealing noise of older hearing aids. Finally, some hearing aids are programmable, dovetailing with applications on smartphones or other mobile devices so the wearers can adjust volume and other variables themselves.

In general, hearing aids fall into three categories:

  • CIC, or completely in the canal. These instruments are completely hidden in the ear itself, making them the optimal cosmetic choice.
  • ITE, or in the ear. These hearing aids are larger, have more features and fit within the outer structure of the ear.
  • BTE, or behind the ear. The amplifier is positioned within the ear canal while the electronic parts residing on top of the outer part of the ear. These hearing aids work well for people needing more amplification.

Find out more in Merrillville, Munster and Olympia Fields

If you do have hearing loss and are a good candidate for hearing aids, Dr. Katz will guide you in the selection of the instrument just right for you. He is a board-certified otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon; so you can count on his expertise and on his caring attitude, too. Please call (219) 934-9396 for a hearing consultation in Merrillville and Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
October 28, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing aid   hearing loss  

Hearing loss is a frustrating condition. It's estimated that around 20 percent of Americans have some difficulty hearing, with 60 percent of hearing aidsthose people still working or attending school. However, many people are resistant to treating their hearing loss, believing it to be a sign of aging or weakness. However, Dr. Arthur Katz, your ear, nose and throat doctor in Merrillville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, offers a few reasons why wearing hearing aids can be a life-changing decision.

Confidence

Many people with hearing impairment often begin to retreat from social situations due to the inability to "keep up" with a conversation. At this point, hearing loss becomes not only frustrating but isolating as well. Constantly asking others to repeat themselves can lead to a breakdown in communication and unnecessary conflict. A recent survey, performed by the National Council on Aging, found that 30 percent of people who did not seek treatment for their hearing loss reported feeling sad and withdrawn for more than two weeks during the time they were dealing with hearing loss. With hearing aids, however, you can feel more comfortable participating in social gatherings and carrying on conversations.

Safety

If your hearing prevents you from picking up on warning sounds like smoke detectors or police sirens, you could be putting yourself at a higher risk for an accident. Although these sounds are loud, there are types of hearing loss that muffle, even eliminate high-pitched noises. Choosing to wear hearing aids prescribed by your Merrillville, Olympia Fields and Munster ENT physician could be a life-saving decision.

Currently, only about 14 percent of people with hearing loss are wearing corrective aids, but the vast majority are thrilled with their renewed ability to hear, understand and communicate. You too can experience those feelings by contacting the office of Dr. Katz in Merrillville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, to set up a consultation!