By Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat
June 30, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Allergy  

Don’t let itchy watery eyes and a runny nose take over your summer.Allergy

While the idea of basking in the sun might sound lovely to most, if you have allergies then you may find that otherwise beautiful summer day has turned into a miserable ball of allergy symptoms. Our South Bend, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. David Campbell, provides some advice on how to tackle those allergies once and for all.

Maintain an Allergy-Friendly Home

It’s important that your home isn’t adding to your allergy symptoms and making things worse. One of the best things you can do is to purchase an air conditioner that contains a HEPA filter, which will trap pollen. Just remember to clean or change these filters often.

Also, vacuuming furniture and dusting surfaces at least once a week is a good way to keep allergens to a minimum. While it might be tempting to open the windows on a beautiful summer day, if you don’t want pollen and ragweed blowing into your home and causing a flare-up, then it’s best to turn on central air conditioning.

Use the Right Gear for the Job

Do you love to spend time in your garden despite your nasty allergy symptoms? If so, you may be wondering the best way to enjoy the great outdoors without allergies doing you in. Before going outside to do any yard work, wear a protective mask that will cover both your nose and mouth. When out and about, opt for sunglasses, which can help keep pollen out of your eyes.

Know When to Go Outside

Maybe you love a good jog around the neighborhood but your allergy symptoms tend to flare up pretty badly afterwards. If this is the case, choose to run or workout in the morning or later in the day. On hot or windy days, expect pollen counts to be much higher. On those days it might be best to take your sweat session to the gym.

Bath Trusty Fido

Your beloved pet can also track in some nasty allergies just from their jaunts outside. In this case, it’s best to play it safe and bath your pup at least once a week to make sure that pollen isn’t being tracked in on his fur.

Medication Can Help

While some people may not wish to rely on medications to treat their symptoms, sometimes it really is the best option. You may be able to get away with treating your symptoms with over-the-counter medications; however, if these medications aren’t cutting it, our South Bend ENT doctor can prescribe a stronger allergy medication.

If you are having trouble treating your allergy symptoms on your own then it’s time you turned to Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat in South Bend, IN. We can determine what’s causing your allergies and provide you with medication that will be able to keep your allergies under control.

By Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat
May 11, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing loss  

How your ENT specialists in Granger and South Bend can helphearing loss

If you think you might be losing your hearing, you could be missing out on important conversations and the beautiful sounds around you. There are effective methods to evaluate your hearing and determine the best type of hearing aid for you. Your ENT specialists at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat want to help you determine if you have hearing loss. They serve the residents of Granger and South Bend, IN.

There are indications of hearing loss that you can recognize. You may have hearing loss if you experience:

  • Muffled speech and sounds around you
  • Difficulty hearing individual words from background sounds
  • The need for those around you to speak more slowly, loudly or clearly
  • Difficulty picking out consonants
  • The desire to avoid conversations or social events

These are just a few of the signs your hearing might be impaired. To view or print a handy hearing loss questionnaire, please visit https://www.campbellent.net/signs-of-hearing-loss.html

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association estimates:

  • Over 30% of adults over the age of 65 are hearing impaired.
  • 14% of adults between the ages of 45 and 64 have hearing loss.
  • Nearly 8 million adults between ages 18 and 44 have hearing loss.

Because of these estimates the American Speech-Language Hearing Association advises every adult through 50 years old should have a hearing screening every 10 years. After age 50, hearing screenings should be scheduled every 3 years.

If you notice any of these signs of hearing loss, it’s time to schedule a hearing screening with your doctors at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat. During your hearing screening, you will wear earphones and hear various sounds and tones. You will be asked whether you can hear the sounds and tones and reply by raising your hand. The screening determines whether you are hearing impaired unilaterally, in one ear, or bilaterally, in both ears. If you have any signs of hearing impairment, you will be scheduled for a more extensive hearing test.

If you have hearing loss, don’t worry! Your ENT specialists at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat offer a full range of services including state-of-the-art hearing aids to help you hear again. You deserve to enjoy all of the sounds in your wonderful life, so call your ear, nose and throat specialists at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat. They serve the residents of Granger and South Bend, IN, and they can help you, so call today!

By Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat
February 21, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Sinusitis is a condition affecting the sinuses, or the nasal cavity of air behind the bones in the face. According to the CDC, sinusitis balloon sinuplasty affects about 29 million Americans and is one of the most common illnesses in the United States. Since chronic sinusitis can quickly affect your quality of life, it is important to understand its treatment options. Learn more about treating sinusitis with the doctors at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat in Granger, IN and the South Bend area.

What is a balloon sinuplasty? 
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure which opens irritated sinuses to allow for proper drainage of mucus. Sinusitis often begins mildly and becomes chronic over time, requiring a balloon sinuplasty. The procedure itself, performed by your ear, nose, and throat specialist, is minimally invasive and does not require cutting tissue or bone like other sinusitis treatments. Balloon sinuplasty has a high success rate and many patients find relief from their chronic sinusitis upon completing their treatment.

What can I expect during a balloon sinuplasty? 
The balloon used in the procedure is attached to a flexible tube called a catheter. The procedure begins with inserting the deflated balloon catheter into the sinus cavity. Your doctor slowly inflates the balloon to carefully expand the opening. With the sinus inflated and open, a saline solution sprayed into the cavity helps promote the flow of mucus and flushes the sinus. The procedure ends with your dentist deflating the balloon and removing it from the sinus cavity. The balloon restructures the sinus’ walls and allows it to remain open after the procedure.

Balloon Sinuplasty in Granger/South Bend, IN 
Patients considering balloon sinuplasty should be in good general health and able to undergo the procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is meant for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis, or sinusitis lasting more than 12 weeks, despite other more conservative treatments. Consult with your doctor to determine whether or not balloon sinuplasty is the right sinusitis treatment for you.

For more information on sinusitis or balloon sinuplasty, please contact the ENT doctors at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat in Granger, IN and the South Bend area. Call 574-246-1000 to schedule an appointment with your doctor today!

By Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat
January 03, 2017
Category: Hearing Loss
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Wondering what type of hearing aid could finally help you hear those around you?

Are you sick and tired of not being able to hear family and friends? Do you wish you could be part of the conversation again? If so, then ahearing aid hearing aid may be exactly what you need to improve your hearing and make you part of the group once more. From the office of our Granger, IN, office and South Bend area ENT doctors, find out more about the different kinds of hearing aids.

It can be tough figuring out what hearing aid is right for you and so our job as your South Bend area otolaryngologist is to provide information on the different treatment options you have. While hearing aids won’t be able to completely restore your hearing, they can certainly improve your ability to hear certain sounds and make sounds clearer.

There are many different hearing aid styles from which to choose. There are different sizes and different unique features that you can opt for. Of course, certain special features may also make some hearing aids more expensive than others. Fortunately, those who design hearing aids are working hard to make them smaller and smaller while also improving their quality. Here are some of the hearing aid styles available to you:

Completely in the canal (CIC): This device is molded to fit into the ear canal and is best for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

In the canal (ITC): Another custom molded hearing aid that only partially fits into the ear canal, it too works with those who have mild to moderate forms of hearing loss.

In the ear (ITE): These come in two different styles: they either fully cover most of the outer ear or they only cover the lower portion of the outer ear, and can be great for mild to severe hearing loss. Since it’s a bit larger, it often comes with some special features like volume control that you wouldn’t get with smaller styles.

Behind the ear (BTE): This hearing aid sits behind the ear and hooks over the top of the ear to stay in place. This portion of the hearing aid is attached to a molded piece that sits in the ear canal. The hearing aid can handle all severities of hearing loss and can be great for patients of all ages.

Receiver in canal (RIC): This is similar to BTE hearing aids, the only difference is that instead of having a tube connect the outer and inner portions of the hearing aid, a tiny wire will link the two pieces.

Open fit: Another style that is similar to the BTE. Open fit hearing aids help to keep the ear canals open so that the low frequencies that you don’t have trouble hearing, can still be heard naturally but the hearing aid can help make high-pitched sounds clearer.

Are you ready to figure out what hearing aid is right for you? If so, turn to the experts at Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat in the South Bend, IN, area to learn more.

By Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat
November 02, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: ear   ear infection  

Learn how to handle an ear infection while in the comfort of your own home.

Anyone who has had an ear infection can tell you that they can be pretty painful. Whether your little one is tugging at their ear in pain or ear infectionyou already know that you have one brewing, our South Bend, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. David Campbell, and our audiologists, Dr. Jeffrey Regal and Dr. Elizabeth Younker, are here to offer up some tips for how to treat your ear infection.

You’ll be happy to hear that most ear infections will clear up on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 and they have an ear infection, all that’s really needed is rest. Of course, if you or your little one are experiencing some rather unpleasant symptoms, then you may choose to use some of these at-home tips:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol to reduce pain. This can be particularly helpful to take before bedtime; they will help ease symptoms and make sleeping a bit more comfortable. Make sure to follow the instructions exactly as they are printed on the label. Always consult your doctor before giving any medications to a baby or infant.
  • Place a heated towel or pack over the affected ear to soothe painful symptoms.
  • Make sure to rest as much as possible to help your body fight infection. If your child is the one with the ear infection, make sure to enjoy relaxing and quiet activities like coloring or reading together rather than strenuous, exhaustive games or activities.
  • Consult with our South Bend, IN, ENT doctor to see if over-the-counter or even prescription-strength eardrops could also manage your symptoms and treat the infection.

When to See a Doctor

If you or your child isn’t better after a couple days of rest and at-home care, then it’s important to call us and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Sometimes antibiotics are needed to effectively treat your ear infection.

If you have questions about an ear infection or notice symptoms that are disconcerting, don’t hesitate to call Campbell Ear, Nose & Throat in South Bend, IN, for the care you deserve.





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