The ringing just won’t go away. It’s been over two days and you can still hear that nagging ringing in your ears. You’re aware that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to worry about how long it will keep going.
Tinnitus can be brought on by damage to the stereocilia inside your ears (the air oscillations that your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). That damage is usually the result of overly loud sound. That’s why when you’re seated next to a roaring jet engine, eating at a loud restaurant, or attending a concert, you notice tinnitus the most.
Under Normal Scenarios, How Long Will Tinnitus Persist?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But tinnitus normally doesn’t last forever. How long your tinnitus lasts depends on a large number of factors, including your general health and the root cause of your tinnitus.
But if you notice your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, a couple of days should be enough for you to notice your tinnitus going away. Normally, tinnitus will persist for 16 to 48 hours. But it’s also not unusual for symptoms to linger, sometimes for as long as two weeks. And tinnitus will come back if you are exposed to loud noise again.
If tinnitus lingers and is impacting your quality of life, you need to see a specialist.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Permanent?
Tinnitus is usually impermanent. But that means it can be permanent. When the root cause is not mundane that’s especially true When it comes to severity and origin. Here are some examples:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock show, your ears will ring for a couple of days but continued subjection will result in far worse consequences. Frequent exposure to loud sounds can lead to irreversible hearing injury, including tinnitus.
- Hearing loss: Typically, hearing loss and tinnitus are joined at the hip. So, no matter what causes your hearing loss, you might also end up developing (or noticing) permanent tinnitus alongside it.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The majority of the processing of sound happens in the brain. In certain cases, a traumatic brain injury (like a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors begin to misfire.
Permanent tinnitus is considerably less common than its more short-term counterpart. But there are still millions of Us citizens every year who are treated for permanent, or chronic, tinnitus symptoms.
How Can You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
Whether your tinnitus is short term or long lived, you will want to get relief as quickly as you can. Even though there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are some things you can do to decrease symptoms (though they will probably last only so long):
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): The next step, if you can’t keep away from loud situations, is to wear ear protection. (And, really, whether you have tinnitus or not, you should use hearing protection.)
- Avoid loud noises. Attending another live show, hopping on another flight, or turning the volume on your television up another notch could extend your symptoms or increase their severity.
- Try to remain calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but keeping calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increased blood flow can induce tinnitus flare-ups.
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can in some cases drown out the sound and get a restful nights sleep by using some source of white noise such as a humidifier or fan.
Regrettably, none of these practices will cure permanent tinnitus. But it can be just as important to control and reduce your symptoms.
When Will Your Tinnitus go Away?
Your tinnitus, in the majority of circumstances, will go away by itself. Your hearing should go back to normal within 16 to 48 hours. However, you will want to look for a solution if your tinnitus persists. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to finally get some relief. Get your hearing tested if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.