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When you first notice that ringing in your ears you may have a very common response: pretend everything’s fine. You go through your day the same as usual: you do your grocery shopping, you cook dinner, you attempt to have a discussion with your friends. While you simultaneously try your best to ignore that ringing. Because there is one thing you feel sure about: your tinnitus will go away naturally.

After several more days of unremitting ringing and buzzing, though, you start to have doubts.

This scenario happens to others as well. Tinnitus can be a tricky little affliction, sometimes it will go away on its own and sometimes, it will stay for a long time to come.

The Condition of Temporary Tinnitus

Around the globe, almost everyone has had a bout of tinnitus because it’s very common. Tinnitus is a non-permanent condition, in most cases, and will eventually vanish by itself. A rock concert is an excellent example: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local stadium (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you notice that there is ringing in your ears.

Within a couple of days the type of tinnitus connected to injury from loud noise will normally fade away (but you accept that it’s simply part of going to a loud performance).

Naturally, it’s exactly this type of noise damage that, over time, can cause hearing loss to go from temporary (or acute, as they say) to chronic. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you could end up with permanent tinnitus.

Often Times, Tinnitus Doesn’t Just Disappear

If your tinnitus lingers for over three months it’s then referred to as chronic tinnitus (but you should get it checked by a specialist long before that).

Around 5-15% of people globally have recorded signs of chronic tinnitus. While there are some known close connections (like loss of hearing, as an example), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet very well comprehended.

Often, a quick cure for tinnitus will be evasive if the triggers aren’t apparent. There is a good chance that your tinnitus won’t go away on its own if you have been hearing the ringing for more than three months. But if this is your situation, you can protect your quality of life and deal with your symptoms with some treatment possibilities (such as noise canceling devices and cognitive behavioral therapy).

The Cause of Your Tinnitus is Significant

It becomes much simpler to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus when you are able to establish the fundamental causes. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the cause of your tinnitus, you can revive a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.

Some causes of acute tinnitus might consist of:

  • Meniere’s disease (this is often associated with chronic tinnitus, as Meniere’s has no cure)
  • A blockage in the ear or ear canal
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Eardrum damage (such as a perforated eardrum)
  • Hearing loss (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)

So…Will The Noises in My Ears Subside?

Generally speaking, your tinnitus will recede by itself. But the longer it hangs around, the longer you hear tinnitus noises, the more likely it becomes that you’re coping with chronic tinnitus.

You can convince yourself there’s nothing wrong and hope that the buzzing will just go away. But there could come a point where your tinnitus begins to become distressing, where it’s hard to concentrate because the sound is too distracting. And in those cases, you may want a treatment strategy more thorough than crossing your fingers.

In most cases, however, as a matter of fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will usually subside by itself, a normal reaction to a noisy environment (and your body’s method of telling you to stay away from that situation from now on). Whether that’s acute or chronic tinnitus, well, we’ll only know over time.

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