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Dr. Michael Burnett Specializes in Problems of the Ear, Nose, Sinuses and Throat.

While our office is presently closed due to the Corona Virus, we are conducting telemedicine visits for new and existing patients with ENT concerns Monday through Friday. Please call our office to schedule a Telemedicine video visit with Dr. Burnett.


Michael Burnett, MD, PLLC strives to provide the highest level of service to patients.

An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

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Earaches –All You Need To Know

Earaches are mostly common in children. Three out of four infants may suffer from ear pain. However, ear pain or earache does not exclude adults. It may affect one of your ear or both. You may experience ear pain for a short time, or it may become persistent. The severity of the ear pain varies from dull to sharp, or even burning depending upon the cause.

Ever experienced ear muffling or mild hear loss with earache after a long flight? Jetlag and earache are temporary. However, some earaches are so terrible that your body becomes “all ears” in a different way; the pain encompasses the whole body.

What Causes Earaches?

Your ear may hurt because of a problem in the ear’s inner, middle layer, or the outside. An earache does not necessarily occur due to an infection. Interestingly, sometimes, the ears are not responsible for an earache.

An earache may announce the arrival of cold, flu, or an infection. Multiple factors can cause mild to severe ear pain. Let’s have a look at some of the possible reasons for ear pain.

1) Earwax Blockage

The wax in our ear serves as a protective shield for the ear canal against water, bacteria, or an injury. Ear produces and gets rid of the wax itself. When the process gets affected due to any reason, excess wax builds up in the ear.

Hardened earwax blocks the ear canals, causing pressure, and sometimes pain in the ear. You may also feel sensation in the ear, or face hearing and ringing. Using cotton swabs to clear the wax may push it down further into the ear canal. The impacted ear may lead to itching, gunk discharge, or an ear infection.

2) Imbalanced Air Pressure

Behind our eardrum is a small, air-filled cavity, called the middle ear. A narrow passage known as the “Eustachian tube” connects our middle air to our throat through. It is the route through which air enters our middle air. This tube is responsible for equalizing the pressure on either side of our eardrums.

A sudden change in the air pressure –especially on a plane –may block the tube. Blockage in the Eustachian tube causes mild hearing loss, popping in the ear, muffling, or temporary ear pain. Chewing gum or swallowing may instantly relieve the pain.

3) Ear Infections

Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is an outer ear infection causing itching and severe ear pain – especially while pulling your earlobe. It occurs when water gets trapped in the ear canal serving as a breeding ground for germs.  Red, itchy-swollen ears with yellowish discharge, are common symptoms of this infection.

Middle Ear Infection

Otitis media or middle ear infection occurs when the fluid behind the eardrum builds up and gets infected. The infection may cause severe earache, fever, and in some cases, nasal congestion. Your eardrum may rupture because of the fluid buildup thereby causing ear drainage.

4) Other Causes

A neck or head injury may rupture your eardrum leading to severe earache, or a permanent hearing loss. Some ear pains do not originate in the ear; the sensation you feel in the brain, jaw, or throat may lead to earache.

For instance, a decayed or cracked tooth may cause pain in the ear too. Eroded temporomandibular joint (TMJ) –connecting the lower jaw to the skull –may cause tenderness around the ear canal.


Earaches can be extremely painful. Treatment of the earache depends on the root cause and intensity of the pain. Temporary ear pains are generally relieved with the over-the-counter products –such as ibuprofen, or naproxen.

You may rest your infected ear on a warm heating pad for comfort. Decongestants and antihistamines are also helpful for clearing the blockage in the Eustachian tube. It is better to seek medical help in case of chronic earaches.


Earaches can cause severe discomfort, and if not treated properly, may lead to other problems. For consultation and treatment, contact the best Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist in NYC today.

Michael C. Burnett, MD
115 East 57th Street Suite 600
Between Park + Lexington Avenues

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How To Keep Your Ears Healthy

Once you damage your ability to hear, you can never get it back entirely. While hearing aids may be able to help you recapture some of your hearing, it cannot return your hearing to the level it once was. This is why it is essential to keep your ears healthy. This is not a difficult or time-consuming thing for you to do. All it requires is you adhere to a few simple rules and consider following the three simple recommendations listed below.

Keep the Sound Down

If you want to keep your ears healthy as long as possible, it is important to keep the sound down/ too often, the volume of devices are placed at the highest level possible. This means they are blasting unfiltered directly into your ears via your headphones. Earbuds, while they bring you closer to the music you love, also threaten to harm your ears more seriously than headphones. The result for many teenagers will be degrees of hearing loss that will come sooner rather than later.

The same applies to any loud music. If you have control over the volume at a party, try to restrict the levels. It should be loud enough to enjoy, but not so noisy as to drown out any attempts at conversation.

Limit Exposure to Loud Noises

It is often impossible to escape loud noises in either urban or rural environments. Work may be cacophonous, construction may be happening outside your home. You may like to attend loud concerts. Mowing the grass or using some equipment such as chain saws exposes your ears to loud sounds. All may take you over what is considered the safe decibel (dB) limit of 85 dBs. While the noise may prevent little risk occasionally or if exposure is for a short time period, extended period present a risk to your hearing.

If you want to keep your ears healthy, decrease the exposure to loud noises. Either stay away from situations or wear earplugs. If you require earplugs for your job or need them regularly, try to purchase tailor-made ones. If you only use them occasionally, simple mass-marketed earplugs or ear defenders may be more effective and affordable.

Let a Professional Clean Out your Ears

We are all guilty of it. Our ears are bothering us. They feel dirty or plugged. We use our fingertips or take a cotton swab and stick it in our ear. Anytime you insert an object into your ears, you can cause damage to the components of your ear – particularly the eardrum. Do not attempt to clean your ear. If they feel clogged with dirt or water, talk to a professional about an ear wash or have a professional clean them.

Keeping Your Ears Healthy

Your hearing needs to last you forever. While it will fade as you age, let it do so naturally. Protect your ears as much as possible. If you do not do so, you will live to regret it.

Contact us at 212-867-4813 to schedule a consultation

Signs of Hearing Loss and When to Get Help

Often times, it is not the individual who is lacking the ability to hear well that notices it first. In many situations, it is the family or friends of the individual who see changes present in the way a person responds or interacts with them. In some cases, these changes occur in children but in other cases, it is the elderly who face the highest risk of hearing loss. Understanding when you may be suffering from a loss of the ability to hear is very important. With the help of an ENT, you can better evaluate whether or not there is a reason for concern.

Symptoms of hearing loss

The most common symptoms of hearing loss include the following:

  • An individual hears speech as more muffled than clear. They may complain about needing someone to speak clearer to them.
  • Some words can be hard to understand. This worsens when there is any type of background noise present.
  • Being in a crowd, even if it does not seem overly loud, can lead to limitations in the ability to hear well.
  • The individual asks others quite often to speak louder.
  • The individual asks other people to speak more slowly or in a clear voice.
  • There is often an avoidance of social gatherings especially as the condition worsens because these situations can become less enjoyable and more embarrassing.
  • Many individuals will simply withdraw from the conversation as a result of being unable to hear well.
  • When should you see a doctor? If you notice any of these signs, seek out a doctor’s appointment sooner rather than later. Generally, any type of sudden hearing loss especially in just one ear requires immediate attention from an ear doctor. In other cases, visit your doctor when it becomes hard for you to understand the people around you, when sounds seem more muffled than clear, and when you find that it is necessary to turn the TV or radio louder so that you can hear it better. These are indications that there may be some level of loss present.

See a Doctor

By going in to see your doctor, it may be possible to determine the cause, determine the extent of the damage, and to take steps to improve your hearing overall. Give our offices a call today so that you can schedule an appointment with the best ENT in New York City and get the care you need.

Schedule a consultation today at 212-867-4813.

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What is Acoustic Neuroma?

Have you been told that you have an acoustic neuroma? This is a type of benign, but still present, tumor that is growing on the main nerve that leads from a person’s inner ear to their brain. This is a somewhat uncommon type of tumor that is noncancerous. Generally, it is very slow growing. However, this tumor is an important one to uncover and to take steps to correct whenever possible. That is because it can impact the branches of this nerve that directly impact a person’s sense of balance and his or her ability to hear.

It can also create pressure, which can lead to ringing in the eyes, unsteadiness on your feet and even hearing loss.

Symptoms of Acoustic Neuromas

There are various symptoms of this condition and sometimes they are hard to detect at first. These generally develop from the direct effects of the pressing of the tumor on this nerve. It also can press on various brain structures, the blood vessels nearby, or other nerves. All of this leads to symptoms, but, depending on the location, size, and overall structure of the tumor, symptoms will range widely from one person to the next. The most common include:

  • Hearing loss, this often worsens over time but can be sudden as well.
  • Hearing loss that seems to be more prominent on one side over the other
  • Ringing in the ear that is impacted
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness or a loss of balance
  • Facial numbness
  • In some cases, weakness in the facial muscles

If you have any of these types of symptoms, it is best to turn to your doctor for a better understanding of your overall health.

In some cases, treatments for this condition involve nothing more than just monitoring it because it grows so slowly and may not create symptoms initially. I other cases, a type of stereotactic radiosurgery may be used to treat a very large tumor, which will stop its growth and preserve your facial function. Surgical removal is an option in some cases. There are various options available to doctors in removing these specific tumors but every case is very different.

There are risks to having an acoustic neuromas. If you think you may have one, it is wise to schedule a consultation with your ENT in New York right away to discuss what your symptoms are and what treatments may be right for you.

Call Dr. Michael Burnett at 212-867-4813 to schedule a consultation.

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Michael C. Burnett, MD

115 East 57th Street
(Between Park + Lexington Ave.)
Suite 600
New York, NY 10022