You could have a common reaction when you first hear that ringing in your ears: pretend everything’s fine. You continue your regular habits: you have a conversation with family, go shopping, and make lunch. While at the same time you try your best to dismiss that ringing. Because there is one thing you feel sure of: your tinnitus will fade away on its own.
After several more days of unremitting ringing and buzzing, however, you start to have doubts.
You aren’t the only one to ever be in this scenario. At times tinnitus will go away by itself, and at other times it will stick around and that’s why it’s a tricky little disorder.
When Tinnitus is Likely to Subside by Itself
Tinnitus is very common around the world, nearly everyone’s had a bout here and there. Tinnitus is a non-permanent condition, in most situations, and will eventually disappear on its own. The most typical scenario is the rock concert: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local arena (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you notice that your ears are ringing.
Within a couple of days the type of tinnitus related to injury from loud noise will usually disappear (but you accept that it’s just part of going to a loud show).
Naturally, it’s exactly this kind of noise injury that, over time, can cause loss of hearing to move from temporary (or acute, as they say) to chronic. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you might wind up with permanent tinnitus.
sometimes, Tinnitus Doesn’t Just Disappear
If your tinnitus continues for over three months it’s then referred to as chronic tinnitus (but you should have it examined by a specialist long before that).
Around 5-15% of people around the world have recorded symptoms of chronic tinnitus. The exact causes of tinnitus are still not well known though there are some known associations (such as hearing loss).
Often, a quick cure for tinnitus will be unidentifiable if the causes aren’t obvious. If your ears have been buzzing for over three months and there’s no identifiable cause, there’s a strong chance that the sound will not recede on its own. In those cases, there are treatment possibilities available (like cognitive behavioral therapy or noise-canceling devices) that can help you manage symptoms and protect your quality of life.
It’s Relevant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is
When you can establish the underlying cause of your tinnitus, mitigating the condition quickly becomes much simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for instance, the cause of your tinnitus, you can revive a healthy ear and clear hearing by managing it with antibiotics.
Here are some likely causes of acute tinnitus:
- A blockage in the ear or ear canal
- Hearing loss (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Chronic ear infections
- Meniere’s disease (this usually has no cure and is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
- Eardrum damage (such as a perforated eardrum)
The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever Subside?
The bottom line is that in most cases, yes, your tinnitus will recede by itself. But it becomes progressively more likely that you’re dealing with chronic tinnitus the longer these noises remain.
You feel that if you simply disregard it should vanish by itself. But there could come a point where your tinnitus begins to become distressing, where it’s hard to concentrate because the sound is too disruptive. In those circumstances, wishful thinking may not be the extensive treatment plan you require.
In most cases, though, in fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will usually subside by itself, a normal response to a noisy environment (and your body’s way of telling you to stay away from that environment from now on). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is acute or chronic.