The ringing just won’t subside. It’s been over two days and you can still hear that nagging buzzing in your ears. You’re aware that the ringing is tinnitus but your starting to be concerned about how long it will continue.
Tinnitus can be brought on by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (they’re the tiny hairs that pick up air vibrations that your brain then converts into intelligible sound). Generally, too much excessively loud sound is the cause. That’s why you notice tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, attending a concert, eating at a loud restaurant, or sitting near a roaring jet engine while you’re taking a trip.
How Long Does Tinnitus Last on Average?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But tinnitus usually doesn’t last indefinitely. There will be a large number of factors that will determine how long your tinnitus will last, including your general health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you find your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, you can usually expect your tinnitus to fade away in a day or two. 16 to 48 hours on average is how long tinnitus will last. But it’s also not unusual for symptoms to linger, often for as much as a couple of weeks. Additional exposure to loud noises could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, effectively resetting the clock.
If tinnitus persists and is affecting your quality of life, you need to see a specialist.
What Causes Irreversible Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is normally temporary. But sometimes it can be permanent. Particularly when the cause of tinnitus is something out of the ordinary When it comes to severity and origin. Some examples are as follows:
- Repeated exposure: If your ears are ringing after attending one rock concert, imagine how they’ll feel after five rock concerts a week or if you’re a musician who plays live shows and practices all day. Continued exposure to loud noises can cause irreversible hearing injury, including tinnitus.
- Hearing loss: Tinnitus and hearing loss typically go hand in hand. So you may end up with permanent tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The brain is where the majority of sound is processed. When those processors start to misfire, due to traumatic brain injury, tinnitus can be the outcome.
Short term tinnitus is far more common than permanent tinnitus. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Us citizens every year.
How Can You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
Whether your tinnitus is short lived or long term, you will want to get relief as quickly as possible. Despite the fact that there isn’t any cure for tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to lessen symptoms (though they may last only so long):
- 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 ears even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
- Try to remain calm: perhaps it sounds somewhat… abstract, but remaining calm can really help keep your tinnitus under control, mostly because increased blood flow can stimulate tinnitus flare-ups.
- Find a way to cover up the sound: Sometimes, employing a white noise machine (such as a fan or humidifier) can help you mask the noise of tinnitus and, thus, overlook the symptoms (and, you know, get a restful night’s sleep in the process).
- Steer clear of loud noises. Your symptoms could be prolonged or may become more severe if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises such as a jet engine or rock concerts.
Unfortunately, none of these tactics will get rid of permanent tinnitus. But decreasing and managing your symptoms can be equally significant.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Disappears?
Your tinnitus, in the majority of circumstances, will recede by itself. Just wait the 16-48 hours and your hearing should return to normal. However, if your tinnitus persists, you’ll want to look for a solution. The sooner you find a treatment that works, the sooner you can get relief. Get your hearing checked if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.