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How can sudden tinnitus in an Alzheimer's disease patient be treated?

My Mother just awoke from sleep with terrible buzzing in her right ear and on the right side of her head. She has never had this before. She is 88 yo and has Alzheimer s disease. What could this be from? Is there something she can do to ease the buzzing? Should I take her into the Emergency room?
Tue, 8 Jan 2019
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Acute sudden onset tinnitus is always very concerning. It is important to undergo neurological, ENT evaluation and imaging study of brain like CT scan to rule of central nervous system issues like stroke. Please be advised to follow up with the emergency room.

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