The ringing just won’t go away. It’s been over two days and you can still hear that irritating buzzing in your ears. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to be concerned about how long it will keep going.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (the air vibrations that your ears turn into sound, are sensed by these little hairs). Usually, too much excessively loud noise is the cause. That’s why you notice tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, going to a concert, eating at a loud restaurant, or sitting near a roaring jet engine while you’re traveling.
How Long Does Tinnitus Persist on Average?
There’s no cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus normally doesn’t continue indefinitely. There will be a large number of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will last, including your general health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you notice your ears ringing after a noisy day of traveling, a day or two should be sufficient for you to observe your tinnitus fading away. 16 to 48 hours typically is how long tinnitus will last. But often, symptoms can last as long as two weeks. Additional exposure to loud sounds could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, effectively resetting the clock.
It’s generally recommended that you see a specialist if your tinnitus persists and particularly if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Irreversible?
Tinnitus is usually temporary. But in some cases it can be long-lasting. Specifically when the cause of tinnitus is something outside the mundane either in terms of origin or in terms of severity. Here are a few examples:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock concert, your ears will ring for a couple of days but continued subjection will lead to far more serious consequences. Continued exposure to loud noises can result in permanent hearing damage, tinnitus included.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Much of the processing of sound happens in the brain. In certain cases, a serious brain injury (like a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors start to misfire.
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss typically go together. So, no matter what causes your hearing loss, you may also end up developing (or noticing) irreversible tinnitus alongside it.
Short term tinnitus is a lot more common than permanent tinnitus. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Americans every year.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to go Away?
It doesn’t matter if your tinnitus is short term or long term, you may want to find relief as soon as you can. Even though there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to lessen symptoms (however long they may last):
- Find a way to mask the sound: In some cases, using a white noise machine (including a humidifier or fan) can help you cover up the noise of tinnitus and, thus, ignore the symptoms (and, you know, get a restful night’s sleep in the process).
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms could be prolonged or might become more severe if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises like a jet engine or rock concerts.
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): The next step, if you can’t steer clear of loud environments, is to wear hearing protection. (And, really, you need to be protecting your ears even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
- Try to remain calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but increased blood pressure can bring about tinnitus episodes so staying calm can help keep your tinnitus in check.
Unfortunately, none of these tactics will get rid of long term tinnitus. But reducing and managing your symptoms can be just as significant.
When Will Your Tinnitus go Away?
In the majority of scenarios, 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 find a solution. The sooner you discover a treatment that is effective, the sooner you can experience relief. If you think you have hearing loss (which is frequently associated with tinnitus) you should get your hearing checked.