You just can’t get away from that ringing in your ears. It’s been over two days and you can still hear that unpleasant ringing in your ears. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to be concerned about how long it will keep going.
Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the stereocilia inside of your ears (the air oscillations which your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). Normally, too much excessively loud sound is the cause. That’s why you notice tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, going to a concert, spending time in a loud restaurant, or being seated next to a roaring jet engine while you’re traveling.
Under Normal Circumstances, How Long Will Tinnitus Persist?
There’s no cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus normally doesn’t continue forever. There will be a large number of factors that will determine how long your tinnitus will last, such as your general health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you just returned home from a noisy day of traveling and you find your ears buzzing, a day or two should be enough for you to observe your tinnitus going away. Typically, tinnitus will last 16 to 48 hours. But often, symptoms can last as much as a couple of weeks. Further exposure to loud sounds could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, essentially resetting the clock.
If tinnitus lingers and is affecting your quality of life, you need to see a specialist.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Permanent?
Usually, tinnitus is short-lived. But that means it can be long lasting. When the cause is not mundane that’s especially true either in terms of origin or in terms of intensity. Some illustrations are as follows:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The brain is where most sound is processed. In some cases, a serious brain injury (like 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 repeated exposure will result in far worse consequences. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can result in permanent hearing injury, including tinnitus.
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss often go together. So you could end up with irreversible tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
Permanent tinnitus is substantially 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?
It doesn’t matter if your tinnitus is short lived or long lived, you may want to get relief as soon as possible. There isn’t a cure for tinnitus but you can do some things to reduce the symptoms (though they will probably last only so long):
- Try to stay calm: perhaps it sounds a little… abstract, but higher blood pressure can lead to tinnitus flare ups so staying calm can help keep your tinnitus in check.
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms may be extended or may become more severe if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises such as rock concerts or a jet engine.
- Find a way to mask the sound: You can sometimes drown out the sound and get a restful nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise including a humidifier or fan.
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): If you can’t steer clear of loud environments, then safeguarding your hearing is the next best option. (And, really, you need to be protecting your hearing even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
To be certain, if you have permanent tinnitus, none of these strategies will cure your tinnitus. But reducing and managing your symptoms can be equally significant.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Disappears?
In most circumstances, though, your tinnitus will go away without you needing to do anything about it. Your hearing should return to normal within 16 to 48 hours. However, you will want to seek out a solution if your tinnitus lingers. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to finally get some relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.