You just can’t get away from that ringing in your ears. That high pitched buzz in your ear has been nagging you ever since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t disappeared. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to worry about how long it will last.
Tinnitus can be caused by damage to the stereocilia inside of your ears (the air oscillations that your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). That injury is most often the outcome of overly loud noise. That’s why when you’re seated near a booming jet engine, or out at a loud restaurant, or going to a concert, you notice tinnitus the most.
How Long Does Tinnitus Last on Average?
There isn’t any cure for tinnitus. But that doesn’t mean it’ll never go away. There will be a wide variety of factors that will influence how long your tinnitus will last, like your overall health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you find your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, you can typically expect your tinnitus to disappear in a day or two. On average, tinnitus will persist for 16 to 48 hours. But in some cases, symptoms can last as much as two weeks. And tinnitus will return if you are exposed to loud noise again.
It’s typically suggested that you see a specialist if your tinnitus persists and particularly if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
What Leads to Long Term Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is normally impermanent. But that means it can be irreversible. When the cause is not ordinary that’s particularly true When it comes to degree and origin. Some examples are as follows:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock show, your ears will probably ring for a couple of days but frequent exposure will lead to far more serious consequences. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can result in permanent hearing damage, including tinnitus.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The brain is where the majority of sound is processed. When those processors start to misfire, as a result of traumatic brain injury, tinnitus can be the result.
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss typically go hand in hand. So you may end up with irreversible tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
Permanent tinnitus is substantially less common than its more short-term counterpart. But there are still millions of Us citizens each year who are treated for permanent, or chronic, tinnitus symptoms.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to go Away?
It doesn’t matter if your tinnitus is short term or long lived, you will want to find relief as quickly as possible. There is no cure for tinnitus but you can do some things to lessen the symptoms (though they may last only so long):
- Steer clear of loud noises. Your symptoms might be extended or might become more severe if you continue to expose yourself to loud noises such as a jet engine or rock concerts.
- Try to stay calm: Maybe it sounds somewhat… abstract, but increased blood pressure can lead to tinnitus episodes so staying calm can help keep your tinnitus at bay.
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can in some cases drown out the sound and get a restful nights sleep by using some source of white noise such as a humidifier or fan.
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): The next option, if you can’t steer clear of loud situations, is to wear ear protection. (And, really, whether you suffer from tinnitus or not, you need to use hearing protection.)
To be sure, if you have long-term tinnitus, none of these techniques will cure your tinnitus. But it can be equally important to manage and reduce your symptoms.
When Will Your Tinnitus Subside?
In most circumstances, though, your tinnitus will subside without you having to do anything about it. Your hearing should go back to normal within 16 to 48 hours. However, you will want to find a solution if your tinnitus persists. The sooner you discover a treatment that works, the sooner you can get relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.