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Woman with hands to her ears in pain wondering when the ringing in her ears will stop.

You could have a typical reaction when you first hear that ringing in your ears: pretend that it’s no big deal. You go through your day the same way you always do: you have a chat with family, go to the store, and cook lunch. While you simultaneously try your best to ignore that ringing. Because there is one thing you feel certain about: your tinnitus will fade away on its own.

After a few more days of unrelenting 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 challenging little affliction, sometimes it will go away by itself and in some cases, it will stay for a long time to come.

The Condition of Temporary Tinnitus

Tinnitus is extremely common everywhere, almost everyone’s had a bout every now and then. In virtually all situations, tinnitus is essentially temporary and will eventually go away 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 get home, you notice that your ears are ringing.

The type of tinnitus that is linked to temporary injury from loud noise will often diminish within a few days (but you accept that it’s simply part of going to a loud performance).

Eventually loss of hearing can develop from temporary or “acute” to permanent or “chronic” because of this exact type of injury. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you might end up with permanent tinnitus.

sometimes, 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 three months to consult with a specialist about lingering ringing, buzzing, or thumping in your ears).

Around 5-15% of individuals around the world have documented signs of chronic tinnitus. While there are some understood close connections (like hearing loss, as an example), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet well comprehended.

Usually, a quick cure for tinnitus will be evasive if the triggers aren’t evident. If your ears have been buzzing for over three months and there’s no recognizable cause, there’s a strong chance that the sound will not recede by itself. In those situations, there are treatment possibilities available (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or noise-canceling devices) that can help you deal with symptoms and protect your quality of life.

It’s Significant to Know What The Cause of Your Tinnitus is

When you can recognize the underlying cause of your tinnitus, mitigating the condition suddenly becomes much simpler. If a bacterial ear infection is, for example, the reason for your tinnitus, you can regain a healthy ear and clear hearing by treating it with antibiotics.

Some causes of acute tinnitus could include:

  • A blockage in the ear or ear canal
  • Loss of hearing (again, this is often associated with chronic tinnitus)
  • Meniere’s disease (this is often associated with chronic tinnitus, as Meniere’s has no cure)
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Eardrum damage (such as a perforated eardrum)

So…Will The Noises in My Ears Subside?

In general, your tinnitus will recede by itself. But it becomes progressively more likely that you’re coping with chronic tinnitus the longer these noises last.

You believe that if you just forget it should vanish by itself. But at some point, your tinnitus could become distressing and it could become hard to focus on anything else. In those situations, wishful thinking may not be the comprehensive treatment plan you require.

Most of the time tinnitus is simply the body’s reaction to loud noise that could be damaging over time and will subside on its own. Only time will tell if your tinnitus is acute or chronic.