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

Hearing Loss: Signs, Types, and Hearing Aid Options

Hearing loss is a common condition that can significantly impact an individual's quality of life, communication abilities, and overall well-being. Understanding the signs, types, and available hearing aid options is crucial for effectively managing hearing loss and improving auditory function. While hearing loss isn’t reversible, there are many ways to manage your hearing loss and stop it from becoming more severe. It’s important to be able to spot the signs early so that you can receive the treatment you need immediately.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Recognizing the signs of hearing loss is the first step in seeking appropriate treatment. Common signs of hearing loss may include:

  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially in noisy environments or when multiple people are speaking.
  • Asking others to repeat themselves frequently or turning up the volume on the television or radio.
  • Struggling to hear high-pitched sounds or consonant sounds, such as "s," "sh," or "f."
  • Feeling fatigued or stressed from straining to hear conversations or sounds throughout the day.
  • Withdrawing from social activities or avoiding situations where communication may be challenging.

There are different types of hearing loss that you might struggle with. This could include:

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: This type of hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or auditory nerve, often due to aging, exposure to loud noises, or genetic factors.
  • Conductive hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss results from problems in the outer or middle ear, such as ear infections, earwax buildup, or abnormalities in the ear structure.
  • Mixed hearing loss: Mixed hearing loss involves a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss, affecting both the inner and outer/middle ear.

When you’re dealing with hearing loss, there are different options that you can choose from for hearing aids. It will depend on the type of hearing loss you have and the look that you’re going for. Types of hearing aids include:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE)
  • In-the-ear (ITE)
  • In-the-canal (ITC)
  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

Contact Our ENT Doctor Today

Make sure you can identify signs of hearing loss and you understand how it can be dealt with. Contact your ENT doctor to learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids today.

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