When you first hear that ringing in your ears you may have a very typical response: pretend everything’s ok. You go through your day the same as usual: you do your shopping, you cook dinner, you attempt to have a conversation with your friends. All the while, you’re trying to force that ringing in your ear to the back of your mind. Because there is one thing you feel certain of: your tinnitus will fade away on its own.
After several more days of unrelenting buzzing and ringing, though, you start to have doubts.
You’re not the only one to ever be in this position. sometimes tinnitus stop on its own, and other times it will stick around and that’s why it’s a challenging little condition.
When Tinnitus is Likely to Disappear on Its Own
Tinnitus is very common around the world, nearly everybody’s had a bout every now and then. In nearly all situations, tinnitus is essentially temporary and will ultimately recede by itself. The most typical scenario is the rock concert: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local arena (it’s a good show) and when you get home, you notice that your ears are ringing.
Within a couple of days the type of tinnitus associated with damage from loud noise will commonly disappear (but you realize that it’s just part of going to a loud show).
Of course, it’s precisely this kind of noise injury that, over time, can cause hearing loss to move from temporary (or acute, as they say) to chronic. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you could end up with permanent tinnitus.
sometimes, Tinnitus Doesn’t Simply Disappear
If your tinnitus continues for over three months it’s then classified as chronic tinnitus (but you should get it checked by a specialist long before that).
Something like 5-15% of people globally have recorded indications of chronic tinnitus. While there are some known close associations (like hearing loss, for instance), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet really comprehended.
Often, a quick cure for tinnitus will be evasive if the causes aren’t clear. If your ears have been ringing for more than three months and there’s no recognizable cause, there’s a strong chance that the sound will not go away by itself. In those circumstances, there are treatment options available (like cognitive behavioral therapy or noise-canceling devices) that can help you manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life.
It’s Relevant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
When you can recognize the fundamental cause of your tinnitus, dealing with the condition suddenly becomes a lot easier. If a bacterial ear infection is, for example, the reason for your tinnitus, you can restore a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.
Here are some potential causes of acute tinnitus:
- Chronic ear infections
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
- Meniere’s disease (this is often associated with chronic tinnitus, as Meniere’s has no cure)
- Loss of hearing (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Damage to the eardrum (such as a perforated eardrum)
So…Will The Ringing in My Ears Stop?
The truth is that in most cases, yes, your tinnitus will go away by itself. But the longer it hangs around, the longer you hear reverberations or humming or whatever the sound happens to be, the more likely it becomes that you’re dealing with chronic tinnitus.
You can persuade yourself there’s nothing wrong and hope that the buzzing will simply stop. But there could come a point where your tinnitus starts to become uncomfortable, where it’s difficult to concentrate because the sound is too distracting. And in those instances, you might want a treatment strategy more comprehensive than crossing your fingers.
In most situations, however, as a matter of fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will often go away on its own, a normal reaction to a noisy environment (and your body’s means of telling you to avoid that environment in the future). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is chronic or acute.