Woman with hands to her ears in pain wondering when the ringing in her ears will stop.

You may have a common reaction when you first notice that ringing in your ears: pretend everything’s fine. You go through your day the same way you always do: you have a conversation with family, go shopping, and make lunch. While at the same time you try your hardest to ignore that ringing. Because there is one thing you feel sure about: your tinnitus will fade away on its own.

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

You’re not the only person to ever be in this position. Tinnitus can be a challenging little condition, at times it will recede on its own and in some cases, it will stay for a longer period of time.

When Tinnitus is Likely to Vanish on Its Own

Tinnitus is very common around the world, almost everybody’s had a bout here and there. Tinnitus is a non-permanent condition, in most cases, and will ultimately subside on its own. A rock concert is an excellent illustration: 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.

The kind of tinnitus that is associated with temporary damage from loud noise will usually subside within a couple of days (but you accept that it’s just part of going to a loud performance).

After a while hearing loss can go from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact type of injury. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you might wind up with permanent tinnitus.

sometimes, Tinnitus Doesn’t Just go Away

If your tinnitus lingers for over three months it’s then labeled as chronic tinnitus (but you should get it examined by an expert long before that).

Around 5-15% of individuals globally have documented symptoms of chronic tinnitus. The precise causes of tinnitus are still not very well understood though there are some known associations (like loss of hearing).

When the triggers of your tinnitus aren’t obvious, it often means that a fast “cure” will be unidentifiable. If your ears have been buzzing for more than three months and there’s no discernible cause, there’s a good chance that the sound will not recede on its own. But if this is your circumstance, you can maintain your quality of life and control your symptoms with some treatment possibilities (such as noise canceling devices and cognitive behavioral therapy).

It’s Relevant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is

It becomes much simpler to decrease the symptoms of tinnitus when you can recognize the fundamental causes. For instance, if your tinnitus is produced by a stubborn, bacterial ear infection, treatment with an antibiotic will usually solve both problems, resulting in a healthy ear and clear hearing.

Here are some possible causes of acute tinnitus:

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

The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever go Away?

In general, your tinnitus will go away 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 feel that if you just ignore it should go away by itself. But eventually, your tinnitus may become uncomfortable and it might become hard to concentrate on anything else. And in those cases, you may want a treatment plan more comprehensive than crossing your fingers.

In most cases, though, as a matter of fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will usually go away by itself, a typical response to a noisy environment (and your body’s means of telling you to stay away from that environment from now on). Whether that’s acute or chronic tinnitus, well, only time will tell.