Hearing loss affects millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life—are you one of them? At Woodridge Clinic, our eleven physicians screen patients of all ages for hearing problems. Read on to learn more about hearing problems and what signs indicate that you need a screening.
What causes hearing loss?
People lose their ability to hear properly for a variety of reasons. Some are congenital (such as an auditory processing disorder); others are acquired through infection, trauma, auto-immune disorders, heredity, and simple aging. However, it is a misconception that hearing problems, screenings, and assistive devices are just for the elderly. That's why Dr. Umang Patel and the professional team at Woodridge Clinic discuss the importance of hearing screenings with each patient during annual examinations.
Types of hearing problems include sensorineural issues involving the acoustic nerve, auditory processing disorders, and acoustic conditions, which pertain to the bony structure of the ear itself. While a basic hearing screening may not conclusively pinpoint your particular type of hearing loss, it will indicate the need for further investigation through an audiologist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose, and throat physician).
Signs that you may need a hearing screening
There are many indicators that your hearing is changing. While you may be aware of some, you may be oblivious to other signs that are obvious to your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. These signs may include:
- Struggling to understand conversations in a crowded room (party or restaurant)
- Asking people to repeat words or whole sentences
- Having trouble understanding high-pitched, soft voices (children's and women's)
- Feeling excessively tired after prolonged social interaction
- Having headaches after a party or concert
- Experiencing Tinnitus (a constant buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound)
- Feeling the need to continually turn up the volume on the radio, computer, or TV
- Being unaware of ordinary sounds associated with early morning (e.g. birds, alarm clock, cell phone, etc.)
The National Institute on Deafness and other Hearing Disorders says that hearing loss may impact interpersonal and professional relationships. Research also indicates that your hearing directly affects how well you think and understand new concepts.
If you suspect that you have an issue with your ability to hear properly, call Woodridge Clinic for an in-office hearing screening. We will help you on the path to better hearing when you visit one of our three locations in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard. Call for an appointment at (630) 910-1177.
Discover solutions for breathing a little easier even with a chronic respiratory condition.
While both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause inflammation of the airways and affect breathing, these are two separate conditions that require different types of treatments. Unfortunately, because their symptoms are similar, asthma may sometimes be mistaken for COPD (e.g. chronic bronchitis; emphysema). This is where it’s important to have a physician in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, with whom you can turn for not just a proper diagnosis but also for treatment.
If you have asthma or COPD, here’s what we can do to help you manage your symptoms:
Since this condition is one you will have for the rest of your life, our goal as your Woodridge, IL, doctor is to provide you with the medication necessary to reduce both the frequency and severity of your asthma attacks. It’s important to also pinpoint your asthma triggers so that you can avoid them as much as possible. Common asthma treatments include:
- Long-term medications: This inhaled medication is one that you will take every day and it helps reduce airway inflammation to prevent an asthma attack from happening. This medication usually comes in the form of a corticosteroid.
- Fast-acting medications: This medication is only to be used when you feel the beginnings of an asthma attack coming on. This inhaled medication will quickly reduce tightness and swelling of the airways to stop or lessen the attack.
In some cases, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may also be recommended. This might be a good option for patients who have severe allergies that don’t fully respond to inhalers or other treatment options.
Just like asthma, COPD is something that you will have for life so we will work with you to find the right treatments to control your symptoms. We also want to make sure that this progressive condition doesn’t get worse. One of the best things you can do for your COPD is to quit smoking if you currently smoke. It’s also important to avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible. Other COPD treatments include:
- Medications: Similar to asthma treatment, you may be prescribed an inhaled steroid or bronchodilator to reduce airway inflammation
- Therapy/Rehab: Everything from oxygen therapy and rehab to patient education and nutritional advice can help you better manage your COPD symptoms.
If you are looking for a one-stop medical clinic in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, that can provide everything from routine checkups to medical treatments for your acute or chronic condition then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Woodridge Clinic, we’ve been providing medical care to patients of all ages who are living in the western suburbs of the Chicagoland area. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for you or your little one.
Quitting smoking can take multiple tries, particularly if you don't have a strong support system to help you when you experience strong cravings. The doctors at the Woodridge Clinic, with offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, offer smoking counseling services designed to help patients meet their goals.
Smoking counseling can help even if you've tried to quit before
Resigning yourself to life as a smoker may seem to be the best option if you haven't been successful in your smoking cessation attempts in the past. Although you may have been able to get through a few days, weeks, or even months without a cigarette, cravings can be hard to ignore, particularly if you're already feeling stressed or depressed. A smoking counseling session with your Woodridge, Lombard, or Lemont doctor can give you the tools you need to finally quit.
Although your friends and family members may try to understand why it's so hard to quit smoking, it may be impossible for them to relate to your struggle if they've never smoked themselves. Your doctor knows just how addictive smoking is and can offer counseling, strategies and resources that will help you avoid lighting up.
As part of your treatment plan, he or she may recommend:
- Medications That Make Quitting Easier: Nicotine patches and other medications that allow you to gradually decrease your nicotine intake may help you decrease your dependence on the addictive substance. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications.
- Talk Therapy: Talking about your struggle to quit smoking and the challenges of life without nicotine and tobacco products can help you increase your resolve to stop smoking. Whether you prefer individual or group therapy, counseling sessions may be just what you need to avoid giving in to your cravings.
- Telephone Support: Your doctor may recommend telephone services staffed by counselors who can offer support and advice 24 hours a day.
Would you like to finally stop smoking? Smoking counseling may offer the ideal method for you. Schedule an appointment with the doctors at the Woodridge Clinic by calling (630) 910-1177 for the Woodridge, IL, office, (630) 620-6255 for the Lombard office, or (630) 754-8710 for the Lemont office.
Are you worried that you may have signs of diabetes? A simple diabetic screening can put your mind at ease. The doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, offer screenings and help patients diagnosed with the disease manage their symptoms.
How can I tell if I have diabetes?
You may experience one or more of these signs and symptoms if you have diabetes:
- Increased Thirst: If you're suddenly much thirstier than you've ever been, diabetes may be to blame.
- More Trips to the Restroom: Consuming more liquids results in more restroom trips, but you may notice that you spend more time in the bathroom even if you don't drink substantially more than usual. The problem occurs when you produce too much glucose, or blood sugar. Your body removes excess glucose, along with additional fluids, and sends them to your kidneys. The extra glucose is then removed from your body when you urinate.
- Blurry Vision: Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect your ability to see clearly.
- Fatigue: Fatigue, in combination with other classic symptoms, may be a sign that you have diabetes.
- Wounds That Don't Heal: High sugar levels can slow healing and make you more prone to developing infections.
What tests are used to screen for diabetes?
If your Woodridge, Lombard, or Lemont doctor, suspects that you have diabetes, he may order one or more of these diabetic screening tests:
- Fasting Blood Sugar Test: You'll avoid eating or drinking anything (other than a little water) for eight hours before your blood is drawn for this test. If your level is 100 or less, you don't have diabetes. A reading of 100 to 125 falls into the pre-diabetes range, while a result of 125 or higher usually means that you have diabetes.
- A1C Test: The A1C blood test is used to determine your average blood sugar levels during the past two to three months. It may be ordered if your fasting blood sugar test shows that you have diabetes or you are at risk for developing the disease. If your level is six or higher, you may have diabetes.
- Initial Glucose Challenge Test: This test is used to determine if pregnant women have gestational diabetes. Blood is drawn after you drink a sugary beverage. Results above 140 may indicate that you have gestational diabetes.
Diabetic screenings can help you protect your health. Schedule an appointment with the doctors at Woodridge Clinic by calling (630) 910-1177 for the Woodridge, IL, office; (630) 620-6225 for the Lombard, IL, office; or (630) 754-8710 for the Lemont, IL, office.
What your doctors in Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard want you to know
Hearing loss is a common problem, especially as you get older. In fact, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) estimates hearing impairment affects more than 30% of adults over 65, 14% of people between the ages of 45 and 64, and nearly 8 million people between ages 18 and 44.
That’s why a hearing screening is a vital part of your healthcare regimen. Your doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard, IL want to help.
So, why do you need a hearing screening? Routine hearing screenings continue during preschool and elementary school years, but as you get older, hearing screenings become less frequent.
As an adult, it’s up to you to make sure you have routine hearing screenings. In fact, ASHA recommends you have a hearing screening every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50. There are also several signs you may be experiencing hearing loss; these are all good reasons to get a hearing screening or more thorough hearing evaluation.
You may be suffering hearing loss if you experience:
- Hearing muffled sounds and speech
- Frequently asking people to speak slowly and loudly
- Difficulty picking out consonants in individual words
- Difficulty hearing speech if there is a lot of background noise
- A desire to avoid social situations and withdrawing from conversations
For more detailed information about hearing screening, please visit the Hearing Screening page on the Woodridge Clinic website at https://www.woodridgeclinic.com/hearing-screening.html
You deserve to hear the beautiful sounds of life and enjoy conversations with people close to you. Don’t wait until you lose your hearing to schedule a hearing screening. Protect your hearing by calling your doctors at Woodridge Clinic, with offices in Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard, IL. Call today!
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