Tinnitus Specialist

Jason  H. Kim, MD, FACS -  - Otolaryngology

Jason H. Kim, MD, FACS

Otolaryngology & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Orange County, CA

At least 50 million Americans have experienced ringing in the ears, called tinnitus, on occasion, and one in five people deal with this condition regularly. Jason H. Kim, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon in Fullerton, California, who specializes in diagnosing and treating tinnitus to improve your quality of life. If you’ve had tinnitus for more than six months, schedule an exam with Dr. Kim so he can conduct a thorough evaluation of your ears, nose, and throat. Once he determines the underlying causes of your symptoms, he recommends effective treatments. Call to schedule or book an appointment online.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus, which is a ringing sound in your ears, is a symptom of an underlying condition related to hearing loss. It may be the result of an ear injury or a circulatory problem, and it can get worse with age. For some people, tinnitus isn’t serious, but it’s extremely bothersome.

Common symptoms include ringing, buzzing, hissing, and other phantom sounds in your ears. You might hear the sound in one ear or both, and it might be high-pitched or very low. Tinnitus may come and go, or be present all the time, making it hard to concentrate on other things.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus often occurs with hearing loss after exposure to a loud noise, or repeated exposure to loud noises over an extended period of time. It may also be the result of an injury to your head or ears, or the after-effects of a severe ear infection. In some cases, emotional stress or the side effect of certain prescription medications lead to tinnitus.

Problems with your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) in your jaw can contribute to tinnitus, as can insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In rare situations, a blood vessel disorder, such as a tumor in your head or neck, can cause tinnitus.

How does an ear, nose, and throat doctor treat tinnitus?

Dr. Kim first determines which underlying health conditions could be causing the ringing in your ears. If you have excessive wax buildup in your ears, removing that may help alleviate symptoms. Or if a medication is causing your tinnitus, Dr. Kim may recommend an alternative medication.

Although there is no cure for tinnitus, there are several ways to minimize symptoms, including:

  • Treating fluid in your middle ear
  • Treating TMJ symptoms
  • Using background music or white noise as sound therapies
  • Hearing aids
  • Medications for mild tinnitus

Making lifestyle changes -- such as reducing alcohol consumption, staying active, and managing stress -- can also help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Dr. Kim works with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan to improve your overall health and wellness.

To learn more about tinnitus, call the office to schedule an appointment or request a convenient time using the online booking system.