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By Midwest ENT
April 29, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
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Are you experiencing hearing loss? Maybe conversations sound muffled, you increase your TV volume or soft, high-pitched voices seem difficult to decipher. At Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, help patients with hearing loss, offering precise diagnostics, treatments, and hearing aids for a better quality of life.

Kinds of hearing loss

The Hearing Loss Association of America reports that 20 percent of Americans have some kind and degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, besides the obvious problem, hearing loss also leads to anxiety, depression, and dementia.

There are three basic kinds of hearing loss:

  • Sensorineural, which involves the sensitive hair cells of the inner ear and also the auditory nerve
  • Conductive, which impacts the structural components of the outer and middle ear
  • Mixed, which combines features of both

While age (presbycusis) and genetics affect hearing acuity, along with some medications and excess hearing wax, excessive noise exposure causes substantial damage. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says loud, damaging noise may be intense, as with an explosion, military service, or occupations in the construction and automotive trades. Additionally, repeated exposure to softer sounds over a longer period of time may reduce hearing clarity and volume.

Getting tested

You may be experiencing these symptoms of hearing loss:

  • Tinnitus, a continual buzzing, roaring or ringing sound in one or both ears
  • Asking people to repeat themselves in conversation
  • Increasing the volume of your TV, computer, radio or other kinds of audio equipment
  • Having difficulty understanding conversations in crowded environments such as parties or restaurants

What can you do about these symptoms?

Contact Midwest ENT for a hearing evaluation and physical exam. Testing pinpoints the kind and degree of your hearing problem and allows your doctor to plan your treatment. Hearing aids in Chicago, IL, often is the treatment of choice, particularly for age-related hearing issues. Sometimes surgery corrects the structural problems associated with conductive hearing loss.

Also, your doctor recommends:

  • Wearing ear protection when working with power tools (even the lawnmower)
  • Avoiding loud recreational environments such as rock concerts
  • Getting routine hearing exams annually after the age of 50

Hear well again

You can when you consult with your doctor and their friendly associates at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. To arrange a hearing examination or ask any questions about hearing aids, please call (312) 988-7777.


By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
April 22, 2020
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: head cancer   neck cancer  

Doctors utilize a multitude of tests to diagnose or confirm the presence of cancer. They may likewise perform tests to figure out which specific treatments might provide the most favorable results. If you’re experiencing symptoms of head and neck cancer, your doctor will note all your risk factors and symptoms and dig deep into your medical history. Your doctor here at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL, Dr. Gordon Siegel, may likewise order these tests for diagnosing head & neck cancer:

Urine and Blood Tests and Physical Exams

During your physical exam, your doctor will look for lumps on your neck, cheeks, lips, and gums, and examine your nose, throat, tongue, and mouth for any irregularities. Urine and blood tests may also help alert your doctor to the presence of cancer.

Ultrasound

This utilizes sound waves for producing images of your internal organs.

Biopsy

A biopsy involves the extraction of a tiny tissue sample that will be examined by a pathologist to check for cancer cells.

Endoscopy

This will enable your doctor to view the inside of your body using an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible, lighted tube. It’s usually performed under sedation.

X-Rays and Barium Swallow

X-rays generate images of your internal body structures through the use of radiation. Swallowing barium may be needed to look at any abnormalities in the swallowing passage.

Molecular Tumor Tests

These are basically lab tests done on a sample of the tumor to recognize particular proteins, genes, and other factors that are specific to the tumor. The results from these tests could help in determining your treatment choices.

CAT or CT Scan / Computed Tomography

A CAT scan takes images of your body’s internal structure from various angles with the use of x-rays.

PET-CT or PET Scan / Positron Emission Tomography

This test is typically combined with CAT scans. Like a CAT scan, a PET scan can take photos of tissues and organs inside your body.

MRI / Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Instead of x-rays, an MRI utilizes magnetic fields to generate detailed internal body structure images, particularly of the soft tissues like the tongue’s base portion and the tonsils. Your doctor in Chicago, IL, may also use an MRI for measuring the head & neck cancer’s tumor size.

Bone Scan

This makes use of a radioactive tracer for looking inside your bones and is usually performed to check whether the cancer has spread or metastasized to your bones.

Once the results of your diagnostic tests are in, your doctor will discuss them with you. If you get a head and neck cancer diagnosis, these results will likewise help your doctor better describe what cancer you have and figure out the best treatment plan specific to your circumstances.

For More Information on Head & Neck Cancer, Call Us

Dial (312) 988-7777 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gordon Siegel here at Midwest Ear Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL.

Midwest ENT is a member of Northwestern Private Practice, a group of independent physicians that provide top medical care to patients living in Chicagoland. We are all physicians with teaching appointments in the Feinberg Northwestern School of Medicine, and have the same privileges as the employed physicians. In most cases, we can see our existing or new patients in a timely fashion. We have physicians in almost every field of medicine and are committed to preserving the best quality of care. You can learn more about us on our website: www.northwesternprivatepractice.com. We look forward to the privilege of serving you now and for many years in the future.


By MIDWEST ENT; EAR NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS
April 01, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Nasal issues  

Congestion and other nasal issues can make you feel miserable and affect your ability to breathe easily. Here are five common nasal problems and discusses treatment options.

Allergic rhinitis

Your nose is particularly sensitive to the effects of allergens in the air. Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Frequent sneezing

  • Congestion that makes breathing more difficult

  • Runny nose

  • Pain and pressure in your sinuses

  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat

  • Watery eyes

  • Scratchy throat

Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms.

Non-allergic rhinitis

Non-allergic rhinitis isn't caused by airborne allergens, even though the symptoms are the same. Exposure to strong irritants, such as smoke, dust, pollution, and strong odors can cause the problem. Saline nasal spray can help wash away irritants, reducing your symptoms. Decongestants and prescription corticosteroid or antihistamine nasal sprays may also be helpful.

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds happen to nearly everyone occasionally and are usually caused by dry nasal passages or a blow to the nose. Saline nasals sprays and water-based nasal gels help moisten your nasal passages. If your nosebleed is severe, it may be necessary to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding.

Deviated septum

Your septum is a layer of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. Very few people have perfectly proportional septums. Although many of us have deviated septums, in most cases the deviation is minor and doesn't affect breathing. If the deviation is severe, you may experience:

  • Congestion

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Frequent sinus infections

  • Nosebleeds

  • Headaches

  • Postnasal drip

  • Snoring and sleep apnea

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are small growths that occur on the lining of your nose. Although they're usually benign, they can make it more difficult to breathe, cause runny noses and sinus pain, and increase your risk of sinus infections. Nasal corticosteroid strays can help shrink polyps, and antihistamines may be useful in reducing chronic nasal inflammation. If your polyps are large and other treatments haven't been unsuccessful, your ENT may recommend surgery.

Not sure what's causing your nasal issues? An ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose the problem and offer treatments that will help you breathe easier. Call your ENT to schedule your appointment.