Will The Ringing in my Ears Subside?

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

You could have a common reaction when you first notice that ringing in your ears: pretend that it’s no big thing. You go about your regular habits: you have a chat with friends, go to the store, and prepare lunch. While you simultaneously try your best to ignore that ringing. Because you’re convinced of one thing: your tinnitus will go away by itself.

You begin to get concerned, though, when after a couple of days the buzzing and ringing is unrelenting.

This situation happens to others as well. At times tinnitus stop on its own, and at other times it will linger on and that’s why it’s a tricky little disorder.

When Tinnitus is Likely to Vanish by Itself

Around the globe, nearly everybody has had a bout of tinnitus because it’s extremely common. Tinnitus is a temporary condition, in most cases, and will ultimately vanish on it’s own. A rock concert is an excellent example: you go to your local stadium to see your favorite band and you discover, when you get back home, that there is a ringing in your ears.

The type of tinnitus that is linked to temporary damage from loud noise will usually diminish within a couple of days (but you realize that it’s just part of going to a loud concert).

After a while loss of hearing can develop from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact kind of damage. One concert too many and you could be waiting a long, long time for your tinnitus to recede on its own.

sometimes, Tinnitus Doesn’t Just Disappear

If your tinnitus lingers for over three months it’s then classified as chronic tinnitus (but you should have it examined by a specialist long before that).

Something like 5-15% of individuals globally have reported indications of chronic tinnitus. While there are some understood close associations (like hearing loss, for instance), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet very well comprehended.

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

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

When you can identify the underlying cause of your tinnitus, dealing with the condition suddenly becomes a lot simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the cause of your tinnitus, you can restore a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.

Here are some likely causes of acute tinnitus:

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

The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever go Away?

In general, your tinnitus will go away on its own. 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 dealing with chronic tinnitus.

You think that if you just forget it should go away by itself. But eventually, your tinnitus may become uncomfortable and it could become tough to concentrate on anything else. In those circumstances, wishful thinking might not be the comprehensive treatment plan you need.

The majority of the time tinnitus is just the body’s response to loud noise that could be damaging over time and will subside by itself. Only time will tell if your tinnitus is acute or chronic.

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