Tinnitus in East Brunswick, NJ

Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay, FACS, treats tinnitus for the residents of East Brunswick, NJ.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is not actually a disorder on its own, but a symptom of other health problems. Tinnitus is defined as ringing in the ears.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Several health disorders include tinnitus as a symptom. If the ear also throbs, the problem is likely related to the veins and arteries in the ear. Some neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, cause tinnitus because of the repeated opening and closing of the Eustachian tube. Abnormal bone growths, known as otosclerosis and Meniere’s disease, which causes abnormal fluid flow in the inner ear, are also common causes. Other known causes are:

  • Overexposure to Loud Noises
  • Aging
  • Injury
  • Drug Toxicity
  • Tumors

Benefits of Tinnitus Treatment

Treating tinnitus helps the patient return to a normal life. Prolonged tinnitus causes insomnia, inability to hear correctly and even depression.

How is Tinnitus Treated?

The most common treatments for tinnitus include removing excess earwax and changing medications that may be causing the symptom. Moderate forms of tinnitus may be treated by wearing a hearing aid or a device that helps cancel out the ringing noise. Severe tinnitus, such as those cases resulting from a tumor, require surgery.

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