As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Are You Dealing With Sleep Apnea?

If you snore occasionally, it’s probably nothing to worry about. If you find yourself waking up gasping for breath, you could have something else. You could have sleep apnea, a condition that can potentially shorten your life. Our ENT doctor can diagnose and treat sleep apnea, for a more restful sleep.

What You Need To Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is different than occasional snoring. So, how can you tell if you are dealing with sleep apnea? When you have sleep apnea, you may experience:

  • Frequent, loud snoring
  • Waking up with a gasping or choking feeling
  • Morning headaches or sore throats
  • Daytime grogginess and difficulty focusing

These signs and symptoms are caused by tissue at the back of your throat relaxing while you sleep. The tissue blocks your airway, causing oxygen deprivation to your vital organs, including your heart and brain. The lack of oxygen increases your risk of:

  • Having memory problems
  • Developing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Having a stroke
  • Developing heart disease
  • Shortening your lifespan

If you think you might have sleep apnea, your ENT doctor can test you for the condition. You may need an in-house sleep study, or you may wear a monitor at home, or your doctor may want you to do both. If your ENT doctor determines you have sleep apnea, your ENT doctor may recommend:

Having you wear a CPAP, which is a device that provides a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep. The device is hooked up to a facepiece which you wear during the night.

Having you wear an oral mandibular advancement appliance, which is a small, portable dental appliance you wear while sleeping. The device holds your lower jaw forward, maintaining an open airway while you sleep.

Want To Know More?

Don't let sleep apnea keep you awake at night, when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of sleep apnea, talk with an expert. Call our ENT doctor today.

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