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Ear, nose and throat problems involve sinus issues, hearing issues, balance, speech, swallowing and upper-airway breathing. Common ear, nose and throat problems include nasal congestion, sinus infections, mouth sores, oral lesions, hearing loss, ear drainage and vertigo.

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By Feodor Ung, MD
For many of us, changing seasons often means an increase in stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, head and/or body aches. It can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing these symptoms whether it is a cold, seasonal allergies or a sinus infection. Board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), Feodor Ung, MD, shares some of the key differences between colds, allergies and sinus infections as well as treatment options for each.

Hearing plays an important role in the development of your child’s social and functional skills, especially their speech and ability to communicate. It is important to identify and treat any hearing difficulties your child may be experiencing early in order to minimize the impact on their quality of life. When hearing loss occurs in small children who are not yet able to communicate, it can be more difficult to detect. To help, our audiologists share some of the most common signs of hearing loss in children and when to consider a hearing assessment.

By DuPage Medical Group Audiology
We take steps to stay well and prevent a variety of health conditions every day – from maintaining a balanced diet and staying active, to wearing bug repellent and blocking harmful UV rays with sunscreen and sunglasses – but most of us forget to protect our hearing. Many popular recreational activities expose you to loud noises that can damage your hearing. Our audiologists share which activities put you at risk and what you can do to prevent hearing loss so you can enjoy your favorite pastimes without sacrificing your hearing.
Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat & Hearing Disorders

By David Wolraich, MD
While mouth and throat cancers are less common than breast, colon, prostate or skin cancers, in recent years the number of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related throat cancer cases has continued to grow. Our board-certified Otolaryngologist, Dr. David Wolraich, weighs in on the potential reasons for such an increase, shares symptoms to be aware of and how you can reduce your risk.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By Diane Hardy, PT
Chances are you’ve experienced dizziness at some point in your life. That sensation of lightheadedness can be a symptom of many things – medication, heart and/or neurological conditions and head trauma. But what happens when that dizziness doesn’t go away, lasts for days and makes the room seem like it’s spinning even when you’re not moving?

As we get older, it is common to experience changes in your health that can be easy to shrug off as a normal part of the aging process. It is important to understand why these changes occur, what is considered “normal” and when to seek medical care. Your primary care physician may recommend you consult with a specialist to help manage certain age-related health conditions to keep you healthy and active throughout adulthood.

It is common for infants and children to experience swelling of their tonsils and adenoids as they fight bacteria and viruses. If tonsils or adenoids frequently become enlarged, or infections develop, surgery to remove them may be recommended. Our otolaryngologists (ENT) share symptoms to watch for and when to consider surgery.

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology
Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor. It is estimated that five out of six children will develop an ear infection by the age of three. DuPage Medical Group’s Otolaryngologists (ENT) share why ear infections are so common in children, what warning signs to watch for, and the steps you can take to prevent them.

By Sandra Banas, MD
Choking on food is the cause of death for approximately one child every five days in the United States, and leads to more than 12,000 emergency department visits per year. Children ages three or younger are at greatest risk, but older children are often affected too. Food is the most frequent cause of choking in children, but balloons, coins, and other small objects are also a primary risk. Not surprisingly, most episodes of choking occur in the home. The good news is that many cases of choking can be prevented. Read on to learn how you can reduce the risk to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other young visitor in your home.

By David Wolraich, MD
According to the American Sleep Association, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts roughly 25 million adults in the US. The standard treatment for this breathing disorder is to wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask during sleep, which forces air into the nose and mouth to overcome the obstruction in the airway. However, many people find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask and therefore don’t comply with treatment recommendations. For those unable to tolerate the CPAP, alternative treatment solutions have typically been weight loss, oral appliances or surgery.

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