You just can’t escape from that ringing in your ears. It’s been more than two days and you can still hear that irritating ringing in your ears. you realize that the buzzing is tinnitus but your starting to worry about how long it will keep going.
Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the stereocilia in your ears (they’re the very small hairs that sense air vibrations which your brain then converts into intelligible sound). Usually, too much overly loud noise is the cause. That’s why when you’re sitting next to a roaring jet engine, or out at a loud restaurant, or attending a concert, you notice tinnitus the most.
Under Typical Circumstances, How Long Will Tinnitus Persist?
Tinnitus can’t be cured. But that doesn’t mean it won’t ever subside. How long your tinnitus persists depends on a large number of factors, including your general health and the root cause of your tinnitus.
But if you notice your ears buzzing after a noisy day of traveling, you can typically expect your tinnitus to go away in a day or two. 16 to 48 hours typically is how long tinnitus will persist. But sometimes, symptoms can last as long as two weeks. And tinnitus will come back if you are exposed to loud sound again.
If tinnitus lingers and is impacting your quality of life, you need to consult a specialist.
What Causes Irreversible Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is normally impermanent. But in some cases it can be permanent. When the cause is not ordinary that’s particularly true either with respect to origin or in terms of severity. Here are a few examples:
- Repeated exposure: If your ears are buzzing after one rock concert, imagine how they’ll feel after several rock concerts a week or if you’re a musician who plays live shows and practices all day. Repeated exposure to loud sounds can result in permanent hearing injury, including tinnitus.
- Traumatic Brain Trauma (TBI): The brain is where the majority of sound is processed. In certain cases, a serious brain injury (such as a concussion) may lead to tinnitus because those processors begin to misfire.
- Hearing loss: Often, hearing loss and tinnitus are joined at the hip. So, no matter what causes your hearing loss, you could also wind up developing (or noticing) irreversible tinnitus alongside it.
Permanent tinnitus is considerably less common than its more temporary counterpart. But permanent or chronic tinnitus still effects millions of Us citizens every 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 temporary. Although there’s no cure for tinnitus, there are certain things you can do to lessen symptoms (though they will probably last only so long):
- Use earplugs (or earmuffs): If you cannot avoid loud environments, then safeguarding your hearing is the next best step. (And, really, you need to be protecting your hearing whether you have tinnitus or not.)
- Find a way to cover up the sound: You can sometimes mask the sound and get a restful nights sleep by utilizing some source of white noise including a humidifier or fan.
- Try to stay calm: perhaps it sounds a little… abstract, but keeping calm can really help keep your tinnitus in check, mostly because increased blood pressure can stimulate tinnitus flare-ups.
- Steer clear of loud noises. Attending another concert, jumping on another plane, or turning up the volume on your earpods another notch may prolong your symptoms or double down on their severity.
Unfortunately, none of these tactics will get rid of long term tinnitus. But it can be just as significant to control and minimize your symptoms.
How Long Before Your Tinnitus Disappears?
In most cases, though, your tinnitus will subside without you needing to do anything about it. Your hearing should return to normal within 16 to 48 hours. Nevertheless, if your tinnitus lingers, you’ll want to find a solution. Finding a workable treatment is the best way to ultimately get some relief. Get your hearing examined if you think you have tinnitus or hearing loss.