Ingalls Ear, Nose and Throat Center
At Ingalls Ear, Nose and Throat Center, we bring together highly trained physicians, audiologists and the latest technology to diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose and throat, and head and neck for every member of the family – from newborns to seniors. Our experts offer a full range of otolaryngic care, including nasal and sinus surgery, head and neck cancer care, and facial plastic surgery services.
The Care You Need When You Need It
We make it easy for you to get the care you need when you need it by offering:
- Online appointment scheduling
- Appointment availability the very same week you contact us
- Evening and Saturday morning hours
- Follow-up calls
Don't suffer with an ear, nose or throat condition that may be easily treatable. Our physicians, also known as otolaryngologists, treat:
- Allergies and sinus disorders. We offer treatments and techniques to help conditions such as nasal allergies, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, chronic sinusitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, nasal obstruction/deformities, loss of sense of smell and taste, and more.
- Hearing and balance problems. Hearing loss can dramatically impact quality of life. We provide a full range of audiology services to diagnose and improve hearing loss. Balance problems are often related to inner ear disturbances. Our physicians can treat these common conditions, and improve balance and coordination.
- Sleep apnea and breathing conditions. Patients with sleep apnea experience abnormal pauses in breathing while sleeping. Sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and other serious conditions. Our physicians also treat other breathing problems, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Head and neck cancers. Both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck can affect breathing, swallowing and speech, and often require treatment by physicians familiar with ear, nose and throat conditions. Ingalls features two experienced head and neck surgeons who serve as a critical part of a patient's multidisciplinary team.
- Pediatric otolaryngology diseases. Children can experience a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions, including ear infections, adenoid problems, tonsillitis, cleft lip and palate, laryngitis and sleep apnea. Our physicians have special expertise in treating children and helping parents care for their child's condition.
Ingalls Ear, Nose and Throat Center physicians offer a full range of treatments including:
- Conventional and endoscopic sinus surgery, including balloon sinus dilation at our Flossmoor Family Care Center for chronic sinusitis (click here to take a self-assessment)
- Propel dissolvable sinus stent for patients undergoing sinus surgery
- General head and neck surgery
- Facial plastic surgery
- Cochlear implants
- Implantable hearing aids and devices
Ingalls Audiology Care
Hearing loss is more common than you might think. Nearly one in five adults in the United States – 48 million – report some degree of hearing loss; and at age 65, one in three is affected. What's more, three out of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf.
Hearing loss can happen gradually as you age, especially if you are, or have been, exposed to loud noises on a regular basis. Hearing loss can also be caused by illnesses or injuries, or even as a side effect from using certain medications.
Unfortunately, even mild hearing problems can lead to isolation, anxiety and depression if left untreated. Withdrawal from personal relationships and danger to personal safety can also result from decreased hearing sensitivity.
Comprehensive Audiology and Hearing Services
If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiology evaluation, your doctor feels your hearing loss needs further examination. The evaluation is also indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening. At Ingalls Audiology Center, all services are performed by a state-licensed audiologist who hold a master's degree in audiology and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Audiology services include:
- Hearing evaluations – adult/pediatric/newborn
- Videonystagmography (VNG) for balance testing
- Tympanometry testing to detect fluid in the middle ear, perforation of the eardrum, or wax blocking the ear canal
- Oto-acoustic emissions (OAE) testing to detect a blockage in the outer ear canal, as well as the presence of middle ear fluid and damage to the outer hair cells in the cochlea
- "Real" ear testing for measuring hearing aid effectiveness
- Assistive listening devices, including FM systems/listening systems and amplified phones
- Swim plugs and musician plugs
- Custom hearing protection
- Hearing aid services, including evaluations and consultations, hearing aid dispensing and repairs of all makes and models
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Ingalls ENT, please call 708.915.CARE (2273).
Sinusitis (clinically known as rhinosinusitis) is an inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses; it afflicts more than 35 million Americans each year. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi can grow and cause an infection. Structural issues including narrowed drainage anatomy are often associated with sinusitis.
There are four types of sinuses – frontal (in the forehead), ethmoid (between the eyes), sphenoid (behind the eyes) and maxillary (behind the cheek bones). All of these sinuses can be affected by sinusitis. The majority of sinusitis cases involve the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
There are many symptoms of sinusitis including sinus pain and pressure, discolored nasal drainage, bad breath, facial congestion/fullness and pressure, nasal obstruction/blockage, fever, headaches, and fatigue.
Types of Sinusitis
Otolaryngologists (ENT physicians) divide sinusitis into these types:
- Acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) is an outbreak of sinusitis symptoms lasting 7 to 10 days and can be triggered by a number of things including a virus or cold, allergies or environmental factors and anatomical irregularities.
- Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) describes 12 or more weeks of persistent swelling of the sinus and nasal drainage pathways that prevents normal sinus drainage, leading to a build-up of mucus, infection, and the painful symptoms associated with sinusitis. In many chronic sinusitis cases, medical therapy (antibiotics, pain relievers, over-the-counter decongestants) fails to correct the underlying obstruction preventing drainage and causing infection and discomfort.
- A less common form of CRS, recurrent rhinosinusitis (RARS) has signs and symptoms of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis occurring 4 or more times in a one-year period with no sinusitis symptoms between periods. Sufferers are stuck in a repetitive cycle of outbreaks, sometimes suffering through symptoms many times a year.
Impact on Quality of Life and Productivity
The quality-of-life impact for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis can be significant, ranging from missed work to detachment from family and social life to fatigue from loss of sleep. In studies comparing individuals with chronic conditions, sinusitis patients scored worse in measures of bodily pain and social functioning than patients with congestive heart failure. The impact of sinusitis on productivity is significant. One study estimates that sinusitis contributes to 61.2 million lost workdays annually at an opportunity cost to employers of almost $18.3 billion. Another study looking at a sample of large U.S. employers characterized sinusitis as one of the top ten most costly conditions for employers.