You just can’t escape from that ringing in your ears. That high pitched buzz in your ear has been bothering you since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. You know the sound is tinnitus, but you’re starting to question just how long lasting tinnitus normally is.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (they’re the small hairs that pick up air vibrations which your brain then turns into intelligible sound). Usually, too much excessively loud noise is the cause. That’s why when you’re seated near a booming jet engine, or out at a loud restaurant, or attending a concert, you notice tinnitus the most.
Under Typical Scenarios, How Long Does Tinnitus Last?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But tinnitus usually doesn’t continue forever. There will be a large number of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will stick around, such as the root cause of your tinnitus and your overall hearing health.
But if you just arrived home from a noisy day of traveling and you notice your ears buzzing, a day or two should be sufficient for you to notice your tinnitus fading away. On average, tinnitus will last 16 to 48 hours. But in some cases, symptoms can last as much as a couple of weeks. Further exposure to loud noises could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, essentially resetting the clock.
It’s usually suggested that you see a specialist if your tinnitus continues and especially if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
Why is Tinnitus Sometimes Permanent?
Normally, tinnitus is short-lived. But sometimes it can be irreversible. When the cause is not ordinary that’s particularly true When it comes to intensity and origin. Some examples are as follows:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Much of the processing of sound happens in the brain. When those processors start to misfire, as a result of traumatic brain injury, tinnitus can be the outcome.
- Repeated exposure: After one rock show, your ears will ring for a couple of days but repeated subjection will result in far worse consequences. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can cause irreversible hearing damage, tinnitus included.
- Hearing loss: Frequently, hearing loss and tinnitus are joined at the hip. So you could end up with permanent tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
Permanent tinnitus is significantly less common than its more short-term counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Americans each year.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to go Away?
You will need to find relief sooner rather than later regardless of whether your tinnitus is long term or short term. Despite the fact that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to lessen symptoms (however long they may endure):
- Steer clear of loud noises. Going to another concert, jumping on another plane, or cranking the volume on your television up another notch might prolong your symptoms or increase their severity.
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can sometimes mask the sound and get a good nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise including a humidifier or fan.
- Try to remain calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but increased blood pressure can result in tinnitus episodes so remaining calm can help keep your tinnitus under control.
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): The next option, if you can’t avoid loud situations, is to wear ear protection. (And, really, you should be protecting your hearing even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
To be certain, if you have permanent tinnitus, none of these strategies will get rid of your tinnitus. But it can be just as relevant to manage and minimize your symptoms.
When Will Your Tinnitus Subside?
In the majority of cases, though, your tinnitus will go away without you having to do anything about it. Just wait the 16-48 hours and your hearing should go back to normal. However, if your tinnitus persists, you’ll want to find a solution. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to finally get some relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have tinnitus or hearing loss.