The ringing just won’t go away. That high pitched ringing in your ear has been bothering you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t disappeared. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to worry about how long it will continue.
Tinnitus can be brought about by damage to the stereocilia inside your ears (they’re the very small hairs that pick up air vibrations which your brain then converts into intelligible sound). Generally, too much excessively loud sound is the cause. That’s why you observe tinnitus most often after, as an example, going to a concert, eating at a noisy restaurant, or being seated near a roaring jet engine while you’re traveling.
Under Typical Circumstances, How Long Does Tinnitus Last?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But that doesn’t mean it won’t ever subside. There will be a large number of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will stick around, including your general health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you just returned 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. On average, tinnitus will last 16 to 48 hours. But it’s also not uncommon for symptoms to stick around, sometimes for as much as two weeks. And tinnitus will return if you are exposed to loud noise again.
It’s typically suggested that you see a specialist if your tinnitus persists and especially if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Irreversible?
Usually, tinnitus is short-lived. But that means it can be irreversible. When the cause is not mundane that’s especially true When it comes to degree and origin. Here are a few examples:
- Hearing loss: Tinnitus and hearing loss often go hand in hand. So you may end up with permanent tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): Much of the processing of sound happens in the brain. In certain cases, a serious brain injury (such as a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors begin to misfire.
- Repeated exposure: After one rock concert, your ears will ring for a couple of days but frequent subjection will lead to far more serious consequences. Frequent exposure to loud noises can result in irreversible hearing injury, including tinnitus.
Permanent tinnitus is significantly less common than its more temporary counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Americans each year.
How Can You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
You will want to get relief as soon as possible regardless of whether your tinnitus is permanent or short term. Although there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are some things you can do to decrease symptoms (though they may last only so long):
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): The next step, if you can’t keep away from loud situations, is to wear hearing protection. (And, really, whether you suffer from tinnitus or not, you need to use hearing protection.)
- Try to remain calm: perhaps it sounds somewhat… abstract, but higher blood pressure can trigger tinnitus episodes so staying calm can help keep your tinnitus under control.
- Find a way to cover up the sound: Sometimes, utilizing a white noise machine (such as a fan or humidifier) can help you mask the noise of tinnitus and, thus, ignore the symptoms (and, you know, get a good night’s sleep in the process).
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms might be extended or might become more intense if you keep exposing yourself to loud noises like rock concerts or a jet engine.
Sadly, none of these tactics will get rid of long term tinnitus. But it can be just as significant to manage and minimize your symptoms.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Subsides?
In most scenarios, though, your tinnitus will subside without you having to do anything about it. Your hearing should return to normal within 16 to 48 hours. Nevertheless, if your tinnitus persists, you’ll want to look for a solution. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to ultimately get some relief. If you think you have hearing loss (which is frequently associated with tinnitus) you should get your hearing tested.