You just can’t escape from that ringing in your ears. It’s been over two days and you can still hear that nagging ringing in your ears. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to be concerned about how long it will continue.
Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the stereocilia inside of your ears (the air oscillations which your ears convert into sound, are sensed by these little hairs). Usually, too much excessively loud noise is the cause. That’s why you notice tinnitus most commonly after, as an example, going to a concert, spending time in a noisy restaurant, or sitting near a deafening jet engine while you’re taking a trip.
How Long Does Tinnitus Persist on Average?
There’s no cure for tinnitus. But tinnitus normally doesn’t last forever. How long your tinnitus persists will depend on a wide variety of factors, like your overall health and the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
But if you find your ears ringing after a noisy day of traveling, a couple of days should be sufficient for you to notice your tinnitus fading away. Usually, tinnitus will persist for 16 to 48 hours. But occasionally, symptoms can last as long as two weeks. And tinnitus will return if you are exposed to loud noise again.
It’s generally recommended that you see a specialist if your tinnitus continues and specifically if your tinnitus is impacting from your quality of life.
What Leads to Irreversible Tinnitus?
Normally, tinnitus is short-lived. But that means it can be permanent. When the root cause is not ordinary that’s especially true either with respect to origin or in terms of intensity. Some examples are as follows:
- Repeated exposure: After one rock concert, your ears will probably ring for a couple of days but continued subjection will lead to far worse consequences. Frequent exposure to loud noises can result in permanent hearing injury, tinnitus included.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): The brain is where the majority of sound is processed. In some cases, a serious brain injury (such as a concussion) might lead to tinnitus because those processors begin to misfire.
- Hearing loss: In many cases, tinnitus and hearing loss are joined at the hip. So, whatever the cause of your hearing loss is, you could also end up developing (or noticing) permanent tinnitus along with it.
Permanent tinnitus is considerably less common than its more short-term counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Americans each year.
How Can You Get Your Tinnitus to Subside?
You will need to find relief sooner rather than later regardless of whether your tinnitus is long term or temporary. Although there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are some things you can do to lessen symptoms (however long they may endure):
- Wear earplugs (or earmuffs): If you cannot steer clear of loud environments, then safeguarding your hearing is the next best step. (And, really, you need to be protecting your ears whether you have tinnitus or not.)
- Stay away from loud noises. Your symptoms might be extended or might become more severe if you keep exposing yourself to loud noises such as a jet engine or rock concerts.
- 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 including a humidifier or fan.
- Try to keep calm: perhaps it sounds somewhat… abstract, but keeping calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increased blood pressure can trigger tinnitus flare-ups.
To be sure, if you have long lasting tinnitus, none of these techniques will get rid of your tinnitus. But diminishing and controlling your symptoms can be just as important.
When Will Your Tinnitus Subside?
Your tinnitus, in the majority of circumstances, will go away by itself. Your hearing should return to normal within 16 to 48 hours. However, you will want to find a solution if your tinnitus lingers. Discovering a workable treatment is the best way to ultimately get some relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have hearing loss or tinnitus.