You just can’t escape from that ringing in your ears. That high pitched ringing in your ear has been irritating you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. you realize that the ringing is tinnitus but your beginning to be concerned about how long it will last.
Tinnitus can be caused by damage to the stereocilia inside your ears (they’re the small hairs that sense air vibrations which your brain then transforms into intelligible sound). That injury is most often the outcome of excessively loud noise. That’s why you observe tinnitus most often 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.
How Long Does Tinnitus Persist on Average?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But that doesn’t mean it’ll never subside. There will be a large number of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will last, including the primary cause of your tinnitus and your general hearing health.
But if you just arrived home from a noisy day of traveling and you notice your ears buzzing, you can generally expect your tinnitus to go away in a day or two. 16 to 48 hours typically is how long tinnitus will last. But it’s also not unusual for symptoms to stick around, sometimes for as long as a couple of weeks. Additional exposure to loud sounds could also cause tinnitus to flare up again, effectively resetting the clock.
It’s generally suggested that you consult a specialist if your tinnitus continues and particularly if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
What Leads to Irreversible Tinnitus?
Normally, tinnitus is short-lived. But occasionally it can be irreversible. When the cause is not mundane that’s particularly true When it comes to severity and origin. Here are several examples:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock concert, your ears will ring for a couple of days but repeated subjection will result in far more serious consequences. Continued exposure to loud sounds can lead to irreversible hearing injury, tinnitus included.
- Hearing Impairment: In many cases, hearing loss and tinnitus are joined at the hip. So you might end up with permanent tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The majority of the processing of sound happens in the brain. When those processors begin to misfire, as a result of traumatic brain injury, tinnitus can be the outcome.
Permanent tinnitus is considerably less common than its more short-term counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Americans each year.
How Can You Get Your Tinnitus to go Away?
You will want to find relief sooner rather than later regardless of whether your tinnitus is permanent or temporary. Although there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are some things you can do to decrease symptoms (however long they might endure):
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): The next option, if you can’t keep away from loud situations, is to use ear protection. (And, really, whether you have tinnitus or not, you should wear hearing protection.)
- Find a way to mask the sound: You can in some cases mask the sound and get a restful nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise including a humidifier or fan.
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms could be extended or may become more intense if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises like a jet engine or rock concerts.
- Try to keep calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but remaining calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increased blood flow can trigger tinnitus flare-ups.
To be certain, if you have permanent tinnitus, none of these techniques will get rid of your tinnitus. But it can be equally important to manage and minimize your symptoms.
When Will Your Tinnitus go Away?
Your tinnitus, in most cases, will go away by itself. Your hearing should go back to normal within 16 to 48 hours. However, you will want to find a solution if your tinnitus persists. The sooner you find a treatment that is effective, the sooner you can get relief. Get your hearing tested if you think you have tinnitus or hearing loss.