Ear, Nose & Throat Center
 
 
Benjamin Gruber, MD
Chief of Head & Neck Surgery and Medical Director, Ear, Nose & Throat Center



Contact:
To learn more about Mercy’s
Ear, Nose & Throat services
or to make an appointment,
please call 312.567.2002.

The following foreign-language
help lines are available for
Mercy patients and those
interested in learning more
about the Center:
Chinese: 312.567.2062
Spanish: 312.567.2061
Polish: 312.567.2097

Ear, Nose & Throat Center
Ear, Nose & Throat CenterEach year 37 million Americans suffer from sinus infections, making it one of the most common health ailments. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have experienced hearing loss. And ear infections are the most common illness in babies and young children. While these conditions are common, they are not trivial. Anyone who has suffered through a sinus infection, nursed a child through repeat ear infections or experienced hearing loss knows how significant problems of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) can be.


Mercy’s team of experienced otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, as ENT doctors are called, specializes in the treatment and management of adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders, including:

  • ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • snoring and sleep apnea
  • allergies, tonsils and adenoids, and other nasal and sinus problems
  • swallowing disorders
  • laryngeal and voice disorders
  • throat cancer, tumors of the head and neck
  • facial paralysis

Mercy’s team of experienced otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, as ENT doctors are called, specializes in the treatment and management of adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders, including:

  • ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • snoring and sleep apnea
  • allergies, tonsils and adenoids, and other nasal and sinus problems
  • swallowing disorders
  • laryngeal and voice disorders
  • throat cancer, tumors of the head and neck
  • facial paralysis

 

At the Mercy Ear, Nose & Throat Center, doctors utilize advanced diagnostic imaging tools to aid in the detection and treatment of ENT disorders. For example, the most sophisticated screening and audiology services are available to detect and prevent hearing loss.


Advanced Surgical Care ENT doctors are unique in that they are trained in both medicine and surgery, and so are able to provide patients the full spectrum of care. Mercy’s physicians have particular expertise in:

  • head and neck surgery
  • thyroid surgery
  • nasal and sinus surgery
  • facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • reconstructive ear surgery

Whenever possible, Mercy’s doctors utilize minimally invasive techniques, which can lead to less pain and faster recoveries. For example, Mercy doctors now treat chronic sinus problems with image-guided surgery, in which doctors use three-dimensional CT scans of the patient’s sinuses to lead them through minimally invasive surgery.


LEARN MORE ABOUT: Minimally Invasive Surgery

 

All of the physicians at the Mercy Ear, Nose & Throat Center are board certified. As professors at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, they’re helping to train the next generation of ENT doctors. And with national reputations in excellence, Mercy’s ENT doctors are leading the way in the management of ENT disorders.

 

Dr. Benjamin Gruber
Chicago Otolaryngology Associates

Dr. Howard Kotler
Chicago Otolaryngology Associates


The Ear, Nose & Throat Center has a multi-lingual staff able to serve the many diverse communities of Chicago. The following foreign-language help lines are available for Mercy patients and those interested in learning more about the Center:

Chinese: 312.567.2062
Spanish: 312.567.2061
Polish: 312.567.2097

 

 

Tinnitus: A ringing or noise in the ears that does not go away or improve over time.

It is estimated that one in 10 Americans suffers from tinnitus. Some people experience tinnitus as buzzing, roaring, clicking, or hissing, but everyone who suffers from tinnitus knows how disruptive and isolating it can be. The Mercy Tinnitus Center provides expert evaluation and effective treatments to help people with tinnitus cope with the condition and get back to enjoying life fully.

Sometimes tinnitus can be the result of a simple problem, such as too much ear wax. Because it can be related to a serious condition however, it's important to be evaluated by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. At the Mercy Tinnitus Center, patients receive a comprehensive ENT exam, including any necessary imaging studies.

When tinnitus is related to hearing loss, hearing aids may effectively reduce discomfort by bringing the focus back to life's other sounds. Proper hearing protection is always important. Loud music, concerts, or other prolonged noises can lead to tinnitus along with hearing loss.

Tinnitus may be one symptom resulting from a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • noise-related hearing loss
  • viral infection
  • a blow to the ear
  • medication
  • ear and sinus infections
  • Meniere's disease
  • brain tumors
  • vascular and circulatory problems

 

Innovative Therapy
For people whose tinnitus has no known cause or cannot be managed with other treatments, Mercy Offers an innovative, non-invasive therapy known as Personalized Tinnitus Adaptation Therapy, or PTAT. This leading-edge therapy retrains the brain to adapt to the tinnitus. Mercy is the only hospital in the Chicago area currently offering this unique treatment option. PTAT is more affordable than other acoustic stimuli treatments and is customized to each patient.

Expert Evaluation
In PTAT, a sophisticated tinnitus evaluation helps Mercy experts identify the sound frequency of a person's tinnitus. Specially trained audiologists then create a customized CD--with music of the patient's own choosing--with that frequency incorporated into the backgorund. Because tinnitus can be so disruptive to daily life, the brain associates negative feelings and anxiety with the sound of an individual's tinnitus. Listening to a PTAT CD for a few hours each day and not to focus on the sound. Over time, the brain learns to suppress anxiety associated with tinnitus and people find the condition less disruptive. After a few months, most are able to return to enjoying their regular activities.

If you suffer from tinnitus, contact the Mercy Tinnitus Center today at 312.567.2002 to learn more about PTAT.


Fortunately, relief and much more is available at the Mercy Ear, Nose & Throat Center. There, a multidisciplinary team of experts treats common and rare disorders of the ear, nose and throat with extraordinary care.


To learn more about Mercy’s Ear, Nose & Throat services or to make an appointment, please call 312.567.2002.

 
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