The ringing just won’t go away. That high pitched buzz in your ear has been irritating you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. You know the sound is tinnitus, but you’re beginning to wonder exactly how permanent tinnitus normally is.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (they’re the tiny hairs that pick up air vibrations that your brain then converts into intelligible sound). That damage is typically the outcome of excessively loud sound. That’s why you notice tinnitus most commonly after, for example, going to a concert, spending time in a loud restaurant, or sitting near a roaring jet engine while you’re taking a trip.
Under Typical Circumstances, How Long Does Tinnitus Persist?
There’s no cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus usually doesn’t continue indefinitely. How long your tinnitus lasts will depend on a large number of factors, including your overall health and the root cause of your tinnitus.
But if you find your ears ringing after a noisy day of traveling, a day or two should be sufficient for you to observe your tinnitus fading away. Normally, tinnitus will persist for 16 to 48 hours. But in some cases, symptoms can last as long as a couple of weeks. And tinnitus will come back if you are exposed to loud sound again.
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 Permanent?
In most cases, tinnitus is short-lived. But that means it can be permanent. When the root cause is not ordinary that’s particularly true When it comes to severity and origin. Some illustrations are as follows:
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The brain is where most sound is processed. When those processors begin to misfire, due to traumatic brain trauma, tinnitus can be the outcome.
- Hearing loss: In many cases, hearing loss and tinnitus are joined at the hip. So, no matter what causes your hearing loss, you might also wind up 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 performs concerts and practices all day. Continued exposure to loud noises can lead to irreversible hearing injury, including tinnitus.
Permanent tinnitus is considerably less common than its more temporary counterpart. But there are still millions of Us citizens each year who are treated for lasting, or chronic, tinnitus symptoms.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
You will need to find relief as soon as possible regardless of whether your tinnitus is permanent or short term. Even though there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are some things you can do to lessen symptoms (though they may last only so long):
- Try to remain calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but higher blood pressure can lead to tinnitus episodes so remaining calm can help keep your tinnitus at bay.
- Steer clear of loud noises. Attending another live show, hopping on another flight, or turning up the volume on your earpods another notch might prolong your symptoms or increase their severity.
- Find a way to mask the sound: Sometimes, using a white noise machine (like a fan or humidifier) can help you drown out the sound of tinnitus and, thus, ignore the symptoms (and, you know, get a good night’s sleep in the process).
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): If you can’t steer clear of loud situations, then safeguarding your hearing is the next best step. (And, really, you should be protecting your ears whether you have tinnitus or not.)
To be sure, if you have long-term tinnitus, none of these strategies will get rid of your tinnitus. But it can be just as important to manage and reduce your symptoms.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Disappears?
In the majority of scenarios, though, your tinnitus will go away without you having to do anything about it. Just wait the 16-48 hours and your hearing should return to normal. Nevertheless, if your tinnitus lingers, you’ll want to look for a solution. The sooner you discover a treatment that works, the sooner you can experience relief. If you think you have hearing loss (which is commonly associated with tinnitus) you should have your hearing tested.