The ringing just won’t go away. That high pitched buzz in your ear has been irritating you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t disappeared. You’re aware that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to worry about how long it will last.
Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the stereocilia inside your ears (the air oscillations that your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these little hairs). That injury is usually the result of excessively loud noise. That’s why you observe tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, attending a concert, eating at a noisy restaurant, or sitting near a roaring jet engine while you’re traveling.
Under Typical Scenarios, How Long Will Tinnitus Persist?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But tinnitus usually doesn’t last indefinitely. There will be a wide variety of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will stick around, such as your overall health and the root cause of your tinnitus.
But if you notice your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, a couple of days should be sufficient for you to notice your tinnitus going away. Normally, tinnitus will last 16 to 48 hours. But occasionally, symptoms can last as much as a couple of weeks. And tinnitus will come back if you are exposed to loud noise again.
If tinnitus continues and is affecting your quality of life, you need to see a specialist.
What Leads to Permanent Tinnitus?
Usually, tinnitus is temporary. But occasionally it can be irreversible. When the cause is not mundane that’s particularly true either with respect to origin or in terms of intensity. Here are several examples:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock show, your ears will ring for a couple of days but repeated subjection will lead to far worse consequences. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can lead to irreversible hearing injury, tinnitus included.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Most of the processing of sound happens in the brain. In some cases, a traumatic brain injury (like a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors start to misfire.
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently go together. So you might end up with irreversible tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
Temporary tinnitus is a lot more common than lasting tinnitus. But there are still millions of Americans each year who are treated for lasting, or chronic, tinnitus symptoms.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
You will need to find relief as soon as possible regardless of whether your tinnitus is long term or temporary. Even though there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to reduce symptoms (though they may last only so long):
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): If you can’t avoid loud environments, then safeguarding your hearing is the next best option. (And, really, you need to be protecting your hearing even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can in some cases drown out the sound and get a restful nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise including a humidifier or fan.
- Steer clear of loud noises. Your symptoms could be prolonged or might become more severe if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises such as a jet engine or rock concerts.
- Try to keep calm: perhaps it sounds somewhat… abstract, but remaining calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increases in blood pressure can trigger tinnitus flare-ups.
Unfortunately, none of these practices will get rid of permanent tinnitus. But diminishing and controlling your symptoms can be equally important.
When Will Your Tinnitus Subside?
In the majority of circumstances, though, your tinnitus will go away without you having to do anything about it. Your hearing should return to normal within 16 to 48 hours. Nevertheless, if your tinnitus lingers, you’ll want to look for a solution. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to finally get some relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.