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By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
August 01, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  
Hearing AidsHearing loss can scare you and the idea of wearing a hearing aid can be frightening too. The truth is, you may be missing more conversation and sounds than you should. You deserve to hear everything, because sounds and conversation contribute greatly to your quality of life.
 
You may be experiencing hearing loss if you:
  1. Hear muffled speech and muffled sounds
  2. Have difficulty distinguishing words from background noise
  3. Need people to speak more clearly, loudly and slowly
  4. Have trouble hearing consonants
  5. Tend to withdraw from conversations
  6. Avoid social situations
If you experience any of these symptoms, you can certainly benefit from a hearing aid or other type of hearing device. You might consider these types of hearing aids:
 
CIC, or completely in the canal-which fits inside your ear canal. It has the advantage of being the least visible hearing aid, but it doesn’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
 
ITE, or in the ear-are made either to fit your entire outer ear, or only the lower part of your ear. It has the advantage of having volume control and ease of handling, but it is more visible than a CIC.
 
BTE, or behind the ear-are made to hook over the top of your ear and rest behind your ear; it has a tube that connects it to an earpiece inside your ear canal. The BTE is the largest hearing aid, but it has better amplification of sound.
 
Cochlear implants are another option for severe hearing loss. Cochlear implants do the work of parts of your inner ear that aren’t working or are damaged.
A hearing aid can greatly enhance your quality of life. Hearing aid users experience:
  • An improved, more positive view of life
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Closer personal relationships
  • Less depression
If you think you might be losing your hearing, you are not alone. In fact, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) more than 30% of adults over 65 have some degree of hearing difficulty. ASHA also recommends that you should visit your ENT specialist for a hearing screening at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50. If you think you might need a hearing aid, it’s time to take action. Don’t miss out on conversations and the sounds around you. Do everything you can to enjoy the sounds of your life, so call today!
By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
July 13, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Has sinus pain become a daily occurrence? When over-the-counter and prescription medications just don't do enough to ease your pain,Sinusitis sinus surgery may be an option. Our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Gordon Siegel of Midwest ENT, discusses chronic sinusitis symptoms and explains treatment options.

How do I know if I have chronic sinusitis?

You may have chronic sinusitis if your symptoms last three months or longer. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:

  • Pain in your nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead
  • Pressure in your sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Nausea, which may be worse in the morning due to post-nasal drip
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

What causes chronic sinusitis?

These factors may increase your risk of developing chronic sinusitis:

  • Polyps in your nasal passages
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarge turbinates
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Certain diseases, such as asthma, GERD, cystic fibrosis or immune system disease, including HIV/AIDS

What are the treatment options for chronic sinusitis?

Medications that are helpful for acute sinusitis, which lasts less than 12 weeks, may not be quite as effective when your symptoms linger. If you don't experience enough relief by irrigating your sinuses and taking over-the-counter or prescription decongestants, corticosteroids and antibiotics, surgery may be helpful.

Endoscopic surgery relieves chronic sinusitis symptoms by removing inflamed tissue, scar tissue and blockages, and may also be used to straighten deviated septums. During surgery, a tiny probe that contains a camera is inserted into your sinuses via your nostrils. The camera transmits images to a digital monitor, allowing your ear, nose and throat doctor to clearly see and treat problem areas in your sinuses.

Balloon sinuplasty is another option for Chicago patients. Benefits of the minimally invasive procedure include less pain after the procedure, reduced risk of infection and less downtime. Both endoscopic surgery and balloon sinuplasty are performed under general anesthesia. During balloon sinuplasty, a small wire catheter that contains a deflated balloon is inserted into your sinuses. Once it's in position, the balloon is inflated, opening up blocked sinus passages.

Sinus surgery can help relieve your sinus pain. Call our Chicago, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Siegel of Midwest ENT, at (312) 988-7777 to schedule an appointment.

By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
July 05, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Infections  
Sinus InfectionsSinus infections are painful. You have sinuses around your eyes and behind your nose, any of which can harbor an infection. The first sign you may have a sinus infection is a dull, throbbing pain in the area of your sinuses. You may also experience:
  • Pain in your upper jaws or teeth, eyes, nose or forehead
  • A yellowish-green discharge when you blow your nose
  • Congestion caused from swelling in your sinuses
  • Severe headaches and earaches
  • A sore throat and persistent cough
Sinus infections are most often viral, but they can also be bacterial or fungal. Allergies, tooth infections, and nasal polyps can also cause a sinus infection.
 
You can take some steps to avoid painful sinus infections. It’s important to:
  • Use a humidifier, especially in your bedroom; this keeps the air in your house moist, which soothes your sinuses. Dry air irritates your nasal passages and can cause increased mucus production, resulting in congestion and a sinus infection.
  • Try an over-the-counter nasal irrigation kit; these kits, when used daily, can keep your nasal passages clean and free of mucus so bacteria won’t have a place to breed, causing a sinus infection. The saline solution also works to soothe your nasal passages.
  • Wash your hands often, and don’t touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes; this helps to prevent spreading germs and bacteria to other places of your body.
  • Stop smoking, because it increases mucus production and irritates your sinuses, providing an environment perfect for bacteria.
  • Avoid alcohol, because alcohol can make your sinuses irritated and swollen, resulting in a sinus infection.
  • Eat healthy and take your vitamins, especially vitamin C, and get sufficient exercise to keep your immune system at its peak so you can fight off a sinus infection.
 
If you get a sinus infection, you can try over-the-counter pain relievers, antihistamines, and decongestants. If your sinus infection lingers for more than a week or two, or if you have a fever along with the sinus infection, it’s time to see your doctor, preferably an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. Don’t delay; get some help for your sinus infection.
By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
June 20, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: head cancer   neck cancer  

Head and neck cancer affects over 55,000 Americans each year. Many instances of head and neck cancer are linked to the use of neck surgery, head surgerytobacco products. Avoiding tobacco in any form can greatly reduce the risk of developing head or neck cancer. Further, cancer can be treated more effectively when detected early. Head and neck cancer can be diagnosed and treated by your otolaryngologist Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL.

Symptoms

There are several different symptoms that can be an indication of possible cancer in the head or neck. If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your otolaryngologist as soon as possible. Symptoms can include:

  • A persistent lump in the neck lasting two weeks or more
  • Voice changes lasting two weeks or more
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Constant ear pain, particularly when swallowing
  • A growth or swelling in the mouth

Risk Factors

Certain individuals are at a higher risk of developing head or neck cancer. The use of tobacco products is a major risk factor for head and neck cancer. This includes any type of tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and cigars. Consumption of alcoholic drinks is also linked to head and neck cancer. Alcohol and tobacco products increase the risk of developing cancer in the throat, voice box, mouth and tongue.

Fortunately, when the cancer is caught early, treatment is often highly successful. Early detection is possible when you recognize the warning signs, such as the symptoms above.

If you have experienced any of the previous symptoms contact Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Siegel, call the office at (312) 988-7777.

By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
June 01, 2017
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Allergies  
Allergy TreatmentIt’s never too early to seek help for your allergies. Allergies can affect your way of life, at all times of the year. During springtime, you may feel the effects of hay fever. In winter, when you are indoors for long periods, you may suffer from mold allergies. If you have pets, you already know how pet dander can cause you problems. You can recognize an allergy if you have itchy watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing.
 
You can try home remedies first, and they may help alleviate symptoms. Common home remedies for allergies include:
  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
  • Irrigating your nasal passages with saline and water
  • Trying linens and pillowcases that are allergy-proof
  • Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
If you try home remedies and are still suffering from allergy symptoms, it’s time to seek help from your allergist. Your allergist will recommend allergy testing if you have:
  • Nasal congestion, a runny nose and watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing or chest congestion
  • A rash, itchy skin or eczema
  • An itchy throat, nose or eyes
He or she will recommend various types of testing, depending on what you are sensitive or allergic to. The most effective allergy tests include:
  • Skin tests- during which tiny amounts of different allergens are injected just under your skin; you will know you are allergic to the substance if you see swelling or a rash within 20 minutes.
  • Challenge tests- used to diagnose medication and food allergies, during which you inhale or ingest a tiny amount of allergen to test for a reaction
  • Blood tests- a sample of your blood is sent to a laboratory where testing is completed
Once your allergist has determined what you are allergic to, treatment to relieve your allergy symptoms can begin. Typical allergy treatments involve allergy shots given weekly to target specific allergens. Sublingual drop therapy is also common and convenient because you can self-administer the drops in the privacy of your home for a specified period of time.

Remember it’s never too early to seek help from an allergist. Your allergist can help you get relief from allergies at any time of the year. Don’t wait! Call today and feel better tomorrow!




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