You just can’t get away from that ringing in your ears. That high pitched ringing in your ear has been irritating you since yesterday morning and it still hasn’t gone away. You’re aware that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to be concerned about how long it will last.
Tinnitus can be brought on by damage to the stereocilia inside of your ears (the air vibrations that your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these tiny hairs). That injury is usually the outcome of overly loud sound. That’s why when you’re seated next to a roaring jet engine, or out at a noisy restaurant, or attending a concert, you notice tinnitus the most.
Under Typical Circumstances, How Long Does Tinnitus Last?
There isn’t any cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus usually doesn’t last forever. How long your tinnitus lasts depends on a wide variety of factors, like your general health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you find your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, a day or two should be enough for you to notice your tinnitus going away. Normally, tinnitus will last 16 to 48 hours. But occasionally, symptoms can last as long as two weeks. Additional exposure to loud noises could also trigger tinnitus to flare up again, effectively resetting the clock.
If tinnitus continues and is impacting your quality of life, you need to see a specialist.
What Causes Lasting Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is usually temporary. But that means it can be long lasting. When the cause is not mundane that’s especially true When it comes to degree and origin. Some examples are as follows:
- Repeated exposure: If your ears are ringing after one rock concert, imagine how they’ll feel after five rock concerts a week or if you’re a musician who performs concerts and practices all day. Repeated exposure to loud noises can lead to irreversible hearing damage, including tinnitus.
- Hearing Impairment: Tinnitus and hearing loss typically go together. So you could end up with permanent tinnitus no matter what the cause of your hearing loss.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The brain is where the majority of sound is processed. In certain cases, a traumatic brain injury (like a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors start to misfire.
Permanent tinnitus is significantly less common than its more temporary counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Us citizens each year.
How do You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
You will want to get relief as soon as possible regardless of whether your tinnitus is permanent or short term. Although there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are a few things you can do to decrease symptoms (however long they might endure):
- Try to keep calm: perhaps it sounds a little… abstract, but remaining calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increases in blood pressure can induce tinnitus flare-ups.
- Steer clear of loud noises. Going to another concert, hopping on another flight, or turning the volume on your television up another notch might extend your symptoms or double down on their severity.
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): If you cannot steer clear of loud environments, then protecting your hearing is the next best option. (And, really, you should be protecting your hearing even if you don’t have tinnitus.)
- Find a way to mask 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 good night’s sleep in the process).
Sadly, none of these practices will get rid of permanent tinnitus. But it can be equally relevant to control and reduce your symptoms.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Goes Away?
In most circumstances, though, your tinnitus will subside without you needing to do anything about it. Just wait the 16-48 hours and your hearing should return to normal. However, if your tinnitus lingers, you’ll want to look for a solution. The sooner you find a treatment that is effective, the sooner you can experience relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.