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You could have a common reaction when you first hear that ringing in your ears: pretend everything’s ok. You go about your regular routines: you do your shopping, you make dinner, you attempt to have a discussion with your friends. While at the same time you try your best to dismiss that ringing. Because there is one thing you feel certain of: your tinnitus will go away naturally.

You begin to get concerned, however, when after a few days the buzzing and ringing is unrelenting.

This situation happens to others as well. At times tinnitus will go away by itself, and other times it will stick around and that’s the reason why it’s a challenging little condition.

The Condition of Temporary Tinnitus

Tinnitus is incredibly common everywhere, nearly everybody’s had a bout every now and then. In almost all circumstances, tinnitus is essentially temporary and will eventually vanish on it’s own. The most common scenario is the rock concert: you go see Bruce Springsteen at your local stadium (it’s a good show) and when you go home, you realize that there is ringing in your ears.

The type of tinnitus that is linked to temporary damage from loud noise will often decrease within a few days (and you chalk it up to the price of seeing your favorite band on stage).

Naturally, it’s precisely this type of noise injury that, over time, can cause loss of hearing to go from temporary (or acute, as they say) to chronic. Too many of those kinds of concerts and you may end up with permanent tinnitus.

When Tinnitus Doesn’t Seem to be Going Away on its own

If your tinnitus doesn’t diminish (with help or on its own) within the period of three months or so, the condition is then classified chronic tinnitus (this does not, however, mean that you should wait three months to consult with a specialist about lingering thumping, buzzing, or ringing in your ears).

Something like 5-15% of individuals around the world have reported indications of chronic tinnitus. While there are some known close connections (like hearing loss, for instance), the causes of tinnitus aren’t yet really understood.

When the causes of your tinnitus aren’t clear, it usually means that a fast “cure” will be evasive. If your ears have been buzzing for more than three months and there’s no recognizable cause, there’s a good possibility that the sound will not go away on its own. But if this is your circumstance, you can safeguard your quality of life and deal with your symptoms with some treatment options (like noise canceling devices and cognitive behavioral therapy).

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

It becomes much easier to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus when you can determine the underlying causes. As an example, if your tinnitus is created by a stubborn, bacterial ear infection, treatment with an antibiotic will usually solve both problems, leading to a healthy ear and crystal-clear hearing.

Some causes of acute tinnitus could include:

  • Meniere’s disease (this usually has no cure and is often associated with chronic 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)

The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever Subside?

The truth is that in almost all cases, yes, your tinnitus will recede on its own. But it becomes progressively more likely that you’re experiencing chronic tinnitus the longer these noises remain.

You can convince yourself that everything is fine and hope that the buzzing will just go away. But there could come a point where your tinnitus begins to become uncomfortable, where it’s difficult to focus because the sound is too disruptive. In those circumstances, wishful thinking might not be the extensive treatment plan you require.

In most instances, though, as a matter of fact, throughout most of your life, your tinnitus will normally go away on its own, a normal response to a noisy environment (and your body’s way of letting you know to avoid that situation from now on). Only time will tell if your tinnitus is chronic or acute.

 

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