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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.
Asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are pulmonary disorders that affect millions of individuals all over the world. Both of these conditions can cause respiratory symptoms. Woodridge Clinic, which has offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, provides treatments for people with asthma and COPD.
Asthma is a condition in which an individual's airways become narrow and inflamed and produce extra mucus, which makes it hard to breathe. Genetics can influence whether you'll get asthma. Exposure to allergens, certain irritants, or viral infections as a child has been linked to developing asthma. Exposure to dust or certain chemicals in the workplace may also play a role in the development of asthma. Asthma can be controlled with proper treatment.
Signs of Asthma
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, recurrent wheezing, and chest tightness. Asthma symptoms are serious and can become deadly if left untreated. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, visit a doctor in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont for a diagnosis — and then develop an asthma action plan.
COPD is a chronic lung condition in which the air passages in the lungs are constricted and limit the flow of air into and out of your lungs. COPD refers to two progressive diseases that may both be present, or each may be present alone. These diseases are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is one of the primary causes for both types of COPD. Other COPD causes may include air pollutants or secondhand smoke.
Signs of COPD
Usually, the first signs of COPD include coughing with mucus. The most significant symptom of COPD is shortness of breath. Some individuals with COPD may develop chest discomfort and wheezing. Many individuals have attacks called exacerbations or flare-ups. This is when your symptoms suddenly get worse and stay worse. A COPD attack can be dangerous, and you may need to go to the hospital.
If you're experiencing respiratory symptoms, call Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177 today to schedule an appointment at our Woodridge, IL, office. Call 630-620-6225 to schedule an appointment at our Lombard, IL, office. Call 630-754-8710 to schedule an appointment at our Lemont, IL office. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available!
It's not always easy to find a convenient testing location with friendly, professional staff when you or your employees require drug testing. Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, makes the process quick and simple. The doctors at the clinic offer a little information about drug testing and what you can expect.
Why is drug testing used?
Many employers require a negative drug test before extending a job offer. Others may require random tests to ensure that their employees aren't using illegal substances. Testing can also be used to detect the presence of performance-enhancing steroids or dangerous chemicals. In some cases, testing may be required if your employer suspects that you have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work, you had an accident while performing your job, or you're returning to work after a previous positive test.
What types of tests are used to detect drugs?
Urine tests are most frequently used to detect the presence of drugs in your body. The testing method is designed to determine if you've recently used drugs and can detect usage in the previous two to 10 days, depending on the type of drug used. Any of the following drugs will generate a positive test result:
Specimens are sent to outside labs for testing. In most cases, it will only take a day or two until your employer receives your results. In some cases, blood testing may also be required to test for the presence of drugs, alcohol or steroids. The test is quick and easy and involves withdrawing blood using a needle and syringe. Results are available in just a few days.
Are you interested in learning more about the drug testing services offered by Woodridge Clinic? Contact the Woodridge office by calling (630) 910-1177, the Lombard office by calling (630) 620-6225 or the Lemont office by calling (630) 754-8710.
If you are ready to ditch this bad habit, we are ready to help you!
You have decided to quit smoking. Congratulations! There are many reasons why someone may finally decide that it’s time to kick cigarettes to the curb, whether you have a baby on the way or you are just ready to improve your health for the long term. Of course, our Woodridge, IL, physicians understand the challenges that come with trying to quit smoking on your own, which is why we believe that you should never have to go it alone!
A lot of people who try to ditch cigarettes on their own often find it too challenging. Our goal as your Woodridge doctors is to make sure that you quit smoking and quit for good. Having a doctor you can trust who is by your side is so very important, particularly when dealing with the trials and tribulations associated with quitting.
Of course, there are so many benefits to quitting smoking, as you may already know. It’s never too late to quit, as quitting at any time can greatly reduce certain health risks such as cancer, stroke, COPD and other serious or chronic health problems.
Here are some ways we can help you:
Provide counseling referrals: Whether you want to sit down with someone one-on-one or you want to go through counseling with other people who also are going through the same struggles, we can easily provide you with the individual or group counseling you need to meet your individualized needs.
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to right away. When this happens we can provide you with counseling groups you can easily call. There are tons of smoking cessation groups and help lines that are available 24 hours to help ease your mind.
Plus, remember that you can always pick up the phone and call us. We know it isn’t always easy to quit smoking but knowing that the help you need is just a phone call away can provide the reassurance you need.
Prescribe smoking cessation medications: There are a variety of different over-the-counter and prescription medications out there that can slowly reduce your cravings to nicotine. By weaning you off nicotine gradually you may find fewer negative symptoms. Talk to us about the different medication options that are available.
If you want to find out more about smoking counseling in Woodridge, IL, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation. Let Woodridge Clinic help you quit smoking for good!
Getting older often means changes in your body, like sagging skin, wrinkles, or a lower metabolism. However, a common yet lesser discussed sign of aging is hearing loss. Thanks to its slow onset, you may not even realize you suffer from hearing loss at all. Find out about the signs and symptoms of hearing loss and when a hearing screening becomes necessary with Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL.
Am I suffering from hearing loss?
Hearing loss often progresses gradually, making it hard for many patients to realize they suffer from this condition. However, becoming aware of the tell-tale signs of hearing loss can help you determine whether you should speak with your doctor about your hearing. These signs and symptoms include:
- asking people to repeat themselves often
- you feel as though those around you mumble
- you have difficulty hearing the other party over the phone
- you have difficulty hearing others in a crowded area such as a restaurant
- those around you often tell you the TV or radio is very loud, but you disagree
- feeling like you need to concentrate very hard on having a conversation
Should I have a hearing screening?
If you feel as though you suffer from hearing loss, a hearing screening can confirm your condition and measure its severity. During the screening, you will wear a pair of headphones, through which you will hear sounds at different frequencies. You will indicate in which ear you hear the sound and your doctor will record your results. If the test finds that you suffer from hearing loss, your doctor may suggest treatment such as a hearing aid.
Hearing Aids in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL
Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes. Hearing aid styles vary from over-the-ear types to smaller aids which fit entirely within the ear canal. Choosing the right one for you is easy with a consultation with your doctor at Woodridge Clinic.
For more information on hearing screenings, please contact your physician at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard, IL. To schedule an appointment, call 630-910-1177 for the Woodridge location, 630-620-6225 for the Lombard location, or 630-754-8710 for the Lemont location today!