When you first notice that ringing in your ears you might have a very common reaction: pretend that it’s no big thing. You continue your normal habits: you do your grocery shopping, you cook dinner, you try to have a discussion with your friends. While you simultaneously try your best to dismiss that ringing. Because you’re convinced of one thing: your tinnitus will go away by itself.
You begin to worry, though, when after a couple of days the ringing and buzzing is unrelenting.
This situation happens to other people as well. Tinnitus can be a challenging little affliction, at times it will recede on its own and sometimes, it will stick around for a long time to come.
When Tinnitus is Likely to Subside on Its Own
Tinnitus is incredibly common around the world, almost everybody’s had a bout every now and then. Tinnitus is a temporary condition, in most situations, and will ultimately vanish by itself. A rock concert is a good example: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local arena (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you realize that there is ringing in your ears.
Within a couple of days the type of tinnitus associated with damage from loud noise will commonly disappear (and you chalk it up to the price of seeing your favorite band play live).
Over time hearing loss can develop from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact kind of injury. One concert too many and you could be waiting quite a while for your tinnitus to subside on its own.
sometimes, Tinnitus Doesn’t Simply go Away
If your tinnitus doesn’t subside (with help or on its own) within the span of three months or so, the ailment is then classified chronic tinnitus (this does not, by the way, suggest that you should wait three months to speak to an expert about lingering thumping, buzzing, or ringing in your ears).
Around 5-15% of people around the world have documented signs of chronic tinnitus. The precise causes of tinnitus are still not well understood although there are some known associations (like hearing loss).
When the causes of your tinnitus aren’t obvious, it usually means that a fast “cure” will be unidentifiable. 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 subside by itself. But if this is your situation, you can safeguard your quality of life and control your symptoms with some treatment possibilities (such as noise canceling devices and cognitive behavioral therapy).
It’s Significant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
When you can determine the underlying cause of your tinnitus, dealing with the condition suddenly becomes much simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for example, the reason for your tinnitus, you can regain a healthy ear and clear hearing by managing it with antibiotics.
Some causes of acute tinnitus could consist of:
- Chronic ear infections
- Damage to the eardrum (such as a perforated eardrum)
- Hearing loss (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Meniere’s disease (this usually has no cure and is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever go Away?
Generally speaking, your tinnitus will subside on its own. But it becomes increasingly more likely that you’re experiencing chronic tinnitus the longer these noises remain.
You believe that if you simply disregard it should vanish on its own. But sooner or later, your tinnitus may become distressing and it could become hard to concentrate on anything else. In those situations, wishful thinking may not be the extensive treatment plan you need.
In most instances, however, in fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will normally subside by itself, a normal reaction to a loud environment (and your body’s way of telling you to avoid that environment from now on). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is acute or chronic.