The ringing just won’t subside. That high pitched ringing in your ear has been bothering you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. You know the noise is tinnitus, but you’re beginning to question exactly how permanent tinnitus normally is.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (the air oscillations which your ears turn into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). Generally, too much overly loud noise is the cause. That’s why you notice tinnitus most often after, as an example, going to a concert, eating at a loud restaurant, or being seated near a deafening jet engine while you’re traveling.
How Long Does Tinnitus Last on Average?
There’s no cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus usually doesn’t continue forever. There will be a large number of factors that will establish how long your tinnitus will last, such as your overall health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you just arrived home from a noisy day of traveling and you find your ears buzzing, you can typically expect your tinnitus to disappear in a day or two. 16 to 48 hours on average is how long tinnitus will persist. But often, symptoms can last as long as a couple of weeks. Further exposure to loud sounds could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, essentially resetting the clock.
If tinnitus persists and is impacting your quality of life, you need to consult a specialist.
What Causes Lasting Tinnitus?
Normally, tinnitus is short-lived. But in some cases it can be long-lasting. Especially when the cause of tinnitus is something out of the ordinary When it comes to severity and origin. Some examples are as follows:
- Repeated exposure: If your ears are buzzing after one rock concert, think of how they’ll feel after five rock concerts a week or if you’re a musician who performs concerts and practices all day. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can cause irreversible hearing damage, including tinnitus.
- Hearing loss: Tinnitus and hearing loss often go together. So you may end up with irreversible tinnitus regardless of the cause of your hearing loss.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): Most of the processing of sound occurs in the brain. When those processors start to misfire, as a result of traumatic brain injury, tinnitus can be the result.
Temporary tinnitus is a lot more common than permanent tinnitus. But there are still millions of Us citizens every year who are treated for permanent, or chronic, tinnitus symptoms.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to go Away?
You will want to get relief sooner rather than later regardless of whether your tinnitus is permanent or temporary. There is no cure for tinnitus but you can do certain things to lessen the symptoms (though they will probably last only so long):
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can in some cases drown out the sound and get a good nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise like a humidifier or fan.
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): If you cannot avoid loud situations, then protecting your hearing is the next best option. (And, really, you need to be protecting your hearing whether you have tinnitus or not.)
- Stay away from loud noises. Attending another live show, jumping on another airline, or cranking up the volume on your earpods another notch could prolong your symptoms or double down on their severity.
- Try to remain calm: perhaps it sounds somewhat… abstract, but increased blood pressure can result in tinnitus episodes so remaining calm can help keep your tinnitus under control.
To be certain, if you have long lasting tinnitus, none of these strategies will cure your tinnitus. But it can be just as relevant to control and diminish your symptoms.
When Will Your Tinnitus go Away?
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. However, you will want to look for a solution if your tinnitus persists. The sooner you discover a treatment that is effective, the sooner you can get relief. If you think you have hearing loss (which is commonly associated with tinnitus) you should have your hearing checked.