ENT Specialist, Dr. Aretsky, in Glen Rock/Ridgewood, NJ has been helping patients live better and feel better for decades.
My name is Dr. Philip J. Aretsky and I am an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist and the owner of Ridgewood Hearing Center. I have helped thousands of Ridgewood area residents enjoy ENT health and optimal hearing. I was recently appointed as the Staff ENT at the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckoff, NJ.
Adenoids – Adenoids are a mass of tissue located high up in the mouth behind the nose and roof of the mouth. Enlarged and inflamed adenoids (called adenoiditis) can make it difficult to breath and lead to recurring respiratory infections.
Allergies – If you have allergies you probably are wondering what to expect in the long term. Are you stuck with your allergy symptoms, or will they get better over time? We treat them all, from hay fever to chronic allergies.
Ear Wax – Ear wax is a naturally produced substance that protects the ear canal and is made up of a mixture of skin, sweat, hair, and debris (such as shampoo and dirt). The canal may become blocked when you clean the ear with cotton swabs or a finger pushes wax deep into the ear canal. Impacted earwax may cause hearing loss or other problems.
Hearing Loss – Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. There are many causes and many solutions and meeting with our audiologist will allow us the time to meet and learn your individual concerns before we sit down and together decide on the next step in treating your hearing loss.
Laryngitis – Often, the term ‘laryngitis’ is used to refer to any type of hoarseness. However, laryngitis specifically refers to inflammation of the larynx or voice box. There are many possible causes of laryngitis.
Mouth Sores – Mouth sores can make eating and talking very painful. Cold sores and canker sores are the most common mouth sores. In some severe cases of canker sores, you may be prescribed medicine to ease inflammation and pain.
Sleep Apnea – Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night. For diagnosis and treatment, see Dr. Aretsky.
Smell & Taste Disorders – Dysosmia (a smelling disorder) and dysgeusia (a tasting disorder). It is estimated that more than 2 million Americans suffer from a smell or taste disorder. If you have a smell or taste disorder, see an ENT specialist for medical options.
Sore Throat – While painful, sore throats are typically not serious in nature and are often due to such illnesses such as the common cold or the flu. If you have a long lasting sore throat you may have a more serious condition such as tonsillitis or strep throat.
Swallowing Disorders – Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing and is usually due to a problem with the throat. If you have trouble swallowing on a continual basis, you should seek the care of a medical professional.
Tinnitus – It is common to experience an occasional ringing in your ears. But ringing in the ears that does not get better or go away is an ear condition called tinnitus. ‘Ringing’ is only one of many sounds the person may perceive and it can result from a number of different causes such as wax build-up.
TMJ – Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders.
Tonsils – Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils most commonly caused by viral or bacterial infection. Tonsillitis is usually caused by a virus. Sometimes it is caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat.