You just can’t escape from that ringing in your ears. That high pitched buzz in your ear has been bothering you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. You realize the noise is tinnitus, but you’re beginning to question exactly how long lasting tinnitus normally is.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia inside of your ears (the air oscillations that your ears turn into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). Usually, too much overly loud sound is the cause. That’s why you observe tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, attending a concert, spending time in a noisy restaurant, or being seated next to a deafening jet engine while you’re traveling.
Under Typical Scenarios, How Long Will Tinnitus Last?
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, including the root cause of your tinnitus and your general hearing health.
But if you find your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, you can typically expect your tinnitus to go away in a day or two. On average, tinnitus will persist for 16 to 48 hours. But often, symptoms can last as much as two weeks. Additional exposure to loud sounds could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, effectively resetting the clock.
It’s typically recommended that you consult a specialist if your tinnitus continues and particularly if your tinnitus is detracting from your quality of life.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Permanent?
Tinnitus is normally short-lived. But occasionally it can be long-lasting. When the cause is not mundane that’s especially true When it comes to degree and origin. Here are some examples:
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss frequently go together. So, no matter what causes your hearing loss, you might also find yourself developing (or noticing) permanent tinnitus alongside it.
- Repeated exposure: If your ears are buzzing after attending one rock concert, think of how they’ll feel after several rock concerts a week or if you’re a musician who plays live shows and practices all day. Frequent exposure to loud sounds can lead to irreversible hearing injury, tinnitus included.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The majority of the processing of sound occurs in the brain. In some cases, a traumatic brain injury (like a concussion) might cause tinnitus because those processors begin to misfire.
Temporary 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 Subside?
It doesn’t matter if your tinnitus is short lived or long term, you will want to get relief as quickly as possible. There is no cure for tinnitus but you can do certain things to minimize the symptoms (though they will probably last only so long):
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): The next step, if you can’t steer clear of loud environments, is to use hearing protection. (And, really, you need to be protecting your hearing even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
- Find a way to cover up the sound: Sometimes, using a white noise machine (such as a fan or humidifier) can help you cover up the noise of tinnitus and, thus, overlook the symptoms (and, you know, get a restful night’s sleep in the process).
- Try to keep calm: perhaps it sounds a little… abstract, but remaining calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increased blood flow can stimulate tinnitus flare-ups.
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms might be prolonged or may become more severe if you keep exposing yourself to loud noises such as rock concerts or a jet engine.
To be certain, if you have permanent tinnitus, none of these strategies will get rid of your tinnitus. But diminishing and controlling your symptoms can be just as significant.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Disappears?
In the majority of circumstances, though, your tinnitus will subside without you needing to do anything about it. Just wait the 16-48 hours and your hearing should return to normal. However, you will want to find a solution if your tinnitus persists. Finding a workable treatment is the best way to finally get some relief. If you think you have hearing loss (which is often associated with tinnitus) you should get your hearing checked.