Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center

Comprehensive Ear, Nose, Throat & Hearing Care for Adults & Children

The collaboration between the otolaryngologists and audiologists at Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center benefits adult and pediatric patients, ensuring they receive outstanding care for disorders of the head and neck, including hearing problems. The training of the team brings a broad range of expertise to the region. From advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, the treatment of snoring and sleep disorders, help with voice and swallowing disorders, and the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center is here you serve your family’s medical needs.


 

Specialties & Practices Areas

Otolaryngology (ENT)

Comprehensive Ear, Nose and Throat Care for the Entire Family.

The ENT physicians and audiologists at Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center collaborate to ensure adult and pediatric patients receive excellent care for disorders of the head and neck. From advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, the treatment of snoring and sleep disorders, help with voice and swallowing disorders and the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, our goal is to provide you with the most advanced care possible.

  • Ear Infections - Children with persistent or recurrent ear infections may benefit from the placement of temporary tubes in the ear drums (tympanostomy tubes).
  • Other Ear Diseases - With the assistance of our audiologists, we treat ear disorders causing hearing loss or ringing in the ears.
  • Balance Disorders - Our team of physicians and audiologists work together to treat vertigo (dizziness) and other balance disorders.
  • Nose & Sinus Disorders - Nasal and sinus disorders including recurrent sinus infections, nasal polyps, nasal tumors and deviated septum are evaluated and treated.
  • Tonsils & Adenoids - Persistent or recurrent tonsil or adenoid infections may require medical or surgical treatment.
  • Snoring & Sleep Disorders - Patients who snore and suffer from sleep apnea are treated with the latest techniques, including advanced surgical procedures if necessary.
  • Neck & Head Masses -In children and adults, any mass, nodule, growth or tumor of the head and neck should be evaluated.



     

Audiology

Evaluation & Treatment of Hearing Disorders

Our trained audiologists' goal is to evaluate and educate each patient about their hearing disorder. They will discuss the effect it has on daily living and review the best treatment options.

Available for infants, children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens, our audiologists and their staff work with the families of each hearing impaired individual to ensure they have the tools necessary to help their family member. The hearing specialists also work with the area school systems to provide support and accessories needed to help hearing impaired students in the classroom.

  • Hearing Evaluations - We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for all ages. These evaluations include: pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, impedance audiometry, otoacoustic emission testing and auditory evoked response testing.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings - We offer a variety of hearing amplification devices from several manufacturers. Following your evaluation, we will work with you to decide the most appropriate listening system for your needs. Payment options are available.
  • Hearing Aid Repairs - We are able to repair many hearing instruments in our office. If an out-of-office repair is necessary, we will send it to the manufacturer for that repair. This includes in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs.
  • Custom Ear Molds & Protection - We offer many different styles of custom ear molds for hearing aids and for many types of listening devices such as I-Pods and cell phones. If you require hearing protection or musician earplugs, we will discuss your options with you. Impressions of your ears are necessary for custom earmolds.
  • Assistive Listening Devices - Amplified telephones are available in corded and cordless models, with or without caller ID or answering machines. We also carry an amplified phone that provides visual captions of what is being said. Other available assistive devices are amplified alarm clocks, telephone ringers, fire alarms and television amplifiers. Ask us about our loop systems that enable the hearing aid wearer to receive direct input from the television into the hearing aids.

Hearing Aids

Learn About Our Various Types of Hearing Aids

In the past, most hearing aids were large and unsightly. Today, with advances in technology, hearing aids can be quite small and discrete. Our audiologists will demonstrate the different types of hearing aids that are available. They will discuss the advantages of each, and indicate which hearing aid would be most appropriate for you.

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Aids - Most of the electronics are housed in a small plastic device that sits behind the ear. The device is connected to a fitted earmold by clear tubing. Amplified sound travels through the tubing to the ear canal.

    - Appropriate for mild to profound hearing loss
    - Good for children because the earmold can easily be changed as the child grows
    - Easy to clean and handle
    - Durable
  • "Mini" Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Aids - This style fits behind the ear but is smaller than other BTEs. A very thin, almost invisible tube is used to connect the device to the ear canal. The ear piece is open-fit, but may also be used with a traditional earmold.

    - Reduces plugged-up sensation in the ear canal
    - Less visible
  • Completely In-The-Ear-Canal Aids - The workings of these aids are contained in tiny cases that fit partially or completely in the ear canal.

    - Smallest hearing aids available
    - Offer some cosmetic and listening advantages
    - Small size may make them difficult to adjust and handle
  • In-The-Ear (ITE) Aids - All parts of the hearing aid are contained in a shell that fills in the outer part of the ear.

    - For some may be easier to handle than smaller aids
     

Locations

Primary Office

2802 Leonard Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Hours M-F 8am to 5pm
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Porter Medical Plaza

85 E. US Highway 6
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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Portage Hospital

3630 Willowcreek Road
Portage, IN 46368

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To schedule an appointment with an ENT Physician
please call (219) 531-0355

To schedule an appointment with an Audiologist
please call (219) 531-0625

Videos

 
Dr. Schwartz talks about Sinuses
 
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Insurance & Payment Information

We are happy to submit and bill your insurance forms for you as long as you have provided us with the appropriate insurance information. Co-pays and deductibles are due at the time of your service. Please feel free to discuss with the office staff any questions you may have about billing.

Accepted Insurance Plans

We accept Medicare and most HMO and PPO plans. Below is a list of insurance plans that are accepted by Ear, Nose, Throat & Sinus Center.

  • Advantage Health Solutions
  • Aetna
  • Anthem PPO/Blue Card
  • Anthem Medicare Advantage
  • Arcelor Mittal/UMR
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • CHA-Community
  • Health Alliance
  • Corvel
  • Coventry
  • Encore
  • Great West
  • IHN-Indiana Health Network
  • Lutheran Preferred
  • Medicare
  • PHCS/Multiplan
  • Sagamore
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

New Patient Resources

The physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff who make up Porter Physician Group all share a common goal – to meet your individual healthcare needs in a timely and caring manner. If you are a new patient or have been a patient in our practice for some time, we thank you for choosing Porter Physician Group.

What Should I Bring to My Appointment?

  • Your insurance card and referral form if required by your insurance provider.
  • A list of current prescription and/or over-the-counter medications you are taking, including your dose and frequency.
  • Pertinent information about your medical and surgery history.
  • Any recent x-rays or test results related to your condition.

Patient Medical Forms

Please download, print and fill out the appropriate forms below prior to your appointment with Porter Physician Group. Filling out these forms will save time on the day of your appointment.