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

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Symptoms and Treatment for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can happen in one or both ears. It can range from slight to profound. Although it can affect people of any age, it is most common among adults aged 60 or older. Fortunately, in most cases, some solutions can help hearing loss, such as hearing aids. Dr. Gordon J. Siegel and Dr. Amelia Hartman are ENT specialists at Midwest ENT in Chicago. They can test your hearing and advice you on how to manage hearing loss.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss 

Chicago residents may notice the following symptoms of hearing loss:

  • High-frequency hearing loss: This is typically age-related and generally makes it difficult to hear high-pitched sounds such as birds singing and women’s voices.
  • General hearing loss: This type of hearing loss can make it difficult to follow conversations, hear the television, or make sense of crowded, noisy environments such as a store or restaurant.
  • Tinnitus: This is a persistent ringing buzzing in one or both ears.

Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: This is a permanent form of hearing loss and is caused by damage to the auditory nerve of the cells in the inner ear.
  • Conductive hearing loss: This is caused by an obstruction in the ear canal or a problem with the functioning of the middle or inner ear. It is often temporary and can be treated.

Some people may have a combination of the two types of hearing loss.

Treatment for Hearing Loss 

The treatment you will have for hearing loss will depend on the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and its severity. Conductive types of hearing loss can often be treated medically. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually managed with hearing aids.

If you live in Chicago and would like to schedule a hearing test or find out more about managing your hearing loss, contact Midwest ENT on (312) 988-7777 to request an appointment.

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