You may have a typical reaction when you first notice that ringing in your ears: pretend everything’s good. You go through your day the same way you always do: you have a chat with friends, go shopping, and prepare lunch. While at the same time you try your hardest to ignore that ringing. Because you feel sure of one thing: your tinnitus will fade away on its own.
You begin to worry, however, when after a couple of days the buzzing and ringing is unrelenting.
This scenario happens to others as well. Tinnitus can be a tricky little condition, at times it will go away on its own and sometimes, it will stay for a longer period of time.
When Tinnitus is Likely to Vanish on Its Own
Around the globe, almost everybody has had a bout of tinnitus because it’s quite common. In nearly all cases, tinnitus is basically temporary and will ultimately vanish on it’s own. The most prevalent example is the rock concert: you go to your local arena to see your favorite band and you discover, when you get home, that your ears are ringing.
Within a few days the kind of tinnitus connected to injury from loud noise will usually disappear (but you accept that it’s just part of going to a loud show).
EventuaTly loss of hearing can develop 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.
Often Times, Tinnitus Doesn’t Simply Disappear
If your tinnitus doesn’t diminish (either on its own or with help) within the span of three months or so, the condition is then classified chronic tinnitus (this does not, by the way, suggest that you should wait that long to consult with an expert about lingering thumping, buzzing, or ringing in your ears).
Around 5-15% of individuals around the world have documented indications of chronic tinnitus. The precise causes of tinnitus are still not well understood although there are some known associations (like loss of hearing).
When the causes of your tinnitus aren’t obvious, it often means that a fast “cure” will be unidentifiable. There is a strong chance that your tinnitus won’t go away by itself if you have been hearing the ringing for over three months. But if this is your situation, you can maintain your quality of life and control your symptoms with some treatment possibilities (like noise canceling devices and cognitive behavioral therapy).
It’s Important to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
When you can identify the root cause of your tinnitus, mitigating the condition quickly becomes a lot simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the reason for your tinnitus, you can revive a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.
Some causes of acute tinnitus may include:
- Loss of hearing (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
- Meniere’s disease (this usually has no cure and is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Eardrum damage (such as a perforated eardrum)
- 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 lingers, the longer you hear reverberations or humming or whatever the sound happens to be, the more likely it becomes that you’re experiencing chronic tinnitus.
You can persuade yourself there’s nothing wrong and hope that the ringing will simply go away. But there may come a point where your tinnitus begins to become distressing, where it’s difficult to focus because the sound is too distracting. In those circumstances, wishful thinking might not be the extensive treatment plan you need.
Most of the time tinnitus is simply the body’s reaction to loud noise that may be damaging over time and will subside by itself. Whether that’s chronic or acute tinnitus, well, only time will tell.