You might have a common reaction when you first hear that ringing in your ears: pretend that it’s no big thing. You go through your day the same way you always do: you do your shopping, you cook dinner, you attempt to have a conversation with your friends. In the meantime, you’re trying to force that ringing in your ear to the back of your mind. Because there is one thing you feel sure of: your tinnitus will fade away by itself.
After a few more days of unremitting buzzing and ringing, though, you begin to have doubts.
You’re not the only person to ever be in this situation. Tinnitus can be a tricky little condition, at times it will disappear by itself and sometimes, it will stay for a long time to come.
The Condition of Temporary Tinnitus
Tinnitus is extremely common around the world, almost everyone’s had a bout every now and then. Tinnitus is a temporary condition, in most situations, and will ultimately recede on its own. The most typical example is the rock concert: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local arena (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you discover that your ears are ringing.
Within a few days the kind of tinnitus connected to damage from loud noise will normally fade away (but you accept that it’s simply part of going to a loud concert).
Over time hearing loss can develop from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact kind of injury. One concert too many and you may be waiting a long, long time for your tinnitus to subside by itself.
Often Times, Tinnitus Doesn’t Simply Disappear
If your tinnitus doesn’t decrease (either on its own or with help) within the span of three months or so, the disorder is then categorized as chronic tinnitus (this does not, however, mean that you should wait that long to talk to a specialist about lingering thumping, buzzing, or ringing in your ears).
Something like 5-15% of people around the world have documented indications of chronic tinnitus. While there are some understood close connections (like hearing loss, for instance), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet well comprehended.
When the triggers of your tinnitus aren’t obvious, it usually means that a fast “cure” will be unidentifiable. There is a good chance that your tinnitus won’t go away by itself if you have been hearing the ringing for more than three months. In those cases, there are treatment options available (like cognitive behavioral therapy or noise-canceling devices) that can help you deal with symptoms and maintain your quality of life.
It’s Relevant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
It becomes much simpler to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus when you can establish the root causes. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the reason for your tinnitus, you can revive a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.
Here are some likely causes of acute tinnitus:
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
- Chronic ear infections
- Loss of hearing (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Damage to the eardrum (such as a perforated eardrum)
- Meniere’s disease (this is often associated with chronic tinnitus, as Meniere’s has no cure)
So…Will The Noises in My Ears Go Away?
The bottom line is that in most cases, yes, your tinnitus will recede by itself. But the longer it lingers, the longer you hear reverberations or humming or whatever the sound happens to be, the more likely it becomes that you’re experiencing chronic tinnitus.
You think that if you just forget it should go away on its own. But eventually, your tinnitus could become distressing and it could become difficult to focus on anything else. In those situations, crossing your fingers might not be the extensive treatment plan you need.
In most situations, however, in fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will usually subside by itself, a typical reaction to a noisy environment (and your body’s means of telling you to stay away from that situation in the future). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is chronic or acute.