When you first hear that ringing in your ears you could have a very typical response: pretend everything’s fine. You go about your normal routines: you do your grocery shopping, you make dinner, you try to have a discussion with your partner. While at the same time you try your hardest to ignore that ringing. Because you’re convinced of one fact: your tinnitus will go away on its own.
You start to worry, though, when after a couple of days the ringing and buzzing is unrelenting.
You aren’t the only one to ever find yourself in this position. sometimes tinnitus will go away on its own, and at other times it will stick around and that’s the reason why it’s a tricky little condition.
The Condition of Temporary Tinnitus
Around the world, nearly everybody has had a bout of tinnitus because it’s extremely common. Tinnitus is a temporary condition, in most cases, and will eventually vanish on it’s own. The most prevalent example is the rock concert: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local stadium (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you notice that there is ringing in your ears.
Within a few days the type of tinnitus associated with damage from loud noise will commonly disappear (but you accept that it’s simply part of going to a loud show).
Over time hearing loss can go from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact type of injury. One concert too many and you might be waiting quite a while for your tinnitus to subside on its own.
Often Times, Tinnitus Doesn’t Simply go Away
If your tinnitus doesn’t diminish (either on its own or with help) within the period of three months or so, the condition is then categorized as chronic tinnitus (this does not, by the way, mean that you should wait that long to speak to a specialist about lingering ringing, buzzing, or thumping in your ears).
Something like 5-15% of people globally have documented indications of chronic tinnitus. While there are some known close connections (such as loss of hearing, for example), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet well comprehended.
When the triggers of your tinnitus aren’t obvious, it normally means that a fast “cure” will be unidentifiable. There is a strong chance that your tinnitus won’t recede on its own if you have been hearing the ringing for over three months. In those circumstances, there are treatment options available (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or noise-canceling devices) that can help you control symptoms and maintain your quality of life.
It’s Important to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
When you can determine the fundamental cause of your tinnitus, dealing with the condition suddenly becomes much simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the cause of your tinnitus, you can revive a healthy ear and clear hearing by managing it with antibiotics.
Here are some potential causes of acute tinnitus:
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
- Eardrum damage (such as a perforated eardrum)
- Meniere’s disease (this usually has no cure and is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Loss of hearing (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Chronic ear infections
So…Will The Ringing in My Ears Go Away?
The bottom line is that in most cases, yes, your tinnitus will recede on its own. But the longer it hangs around, the longer you hear tinnitus noises, the more likely it becomes that you’re dealing with chronic tinnitus.
You can convince yourself that everything is fine and hope that the buzzing will simply stop. But at some point, your tinnitus could become uncomfortable and it might become hard to focus on anything else. And in those cases, you may want a treatment plan more comprehensive than crossing your fingers.
In most situations, however, as a matter of fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will normally subside on its own, a normal response to a loud environment (and your body’s way of telling you to stay away from that situation in the future). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is acute or chronic.