Are you anxious about when your Tinnitus or ringing in the ears will go away? Are you worried that it is going to become permanent? If it is temporary, how long do you have to put up with it? Days, weeks or months? This article discusses all this for you.
How long your Tinnitus stays will depend on what caused it? Even when you know what caused it, the following time estimates are just that, estimates. There’s a chance that your Tinnitus might last for a time that is much shorter or longer than what is indicated below. But in every single case, you will experience these signs that Tinnitus is going away, if it does go away.
Loud noise Tinnitus – Most people get Tinnitus when they are exposed to loud noise. Thankfully, Tinnitus is usually temporary in such cases. But chronic loud noise can cause or worsen Tinnitus.So, if your Tinnitus came on after you exposed yourself to loud noise, it is imperative that you protect your ears with ear plugs, noise canceling earbuds or by simply avoiding noisy environments.
Pulsatile Tinnitus – Does the ringing in your ears coincide with your heart beat or pulse? You might be suffering from Pulsatile or objective Tinnitus. This is a form of Tinnitus where even a doctor can hear what you are hearing. Such Tinnitus cases occur because something is pressing against the auditory nerve, transferring your heart beat or pulse to a sound in your ear. Surgery is usually the only remedy here. In some cases, managing your blood pressure might also allow you to get rid of pulsatile Tinnitus. In rare cases, pulsatile Tinnitus caused by misalignment or injury of the jaw can be fixed with a chiropractor visit. Only a doctor will however be able to give you a fair estimate of how long such a case of pulsatile Tinnitus will last.
Family History – Do people in your family have a history of suffering from Tinnitus? Unfortunately, this might be passed down to you. Tinnitus can be hereditary in nature. And, when it is, it usually mimics the characteristics of people in your family who already had it. It doesn’t mean that you can’t beat the odds. But, it’s just that the odds are stacked against you.
Ear Infections – Tinnitus caused by conditions such as glue ear, swimmer’s ear or other infections will thankfully go away when the infection clears. Such infections can clear after a round of antibiotics or simply with the passage of time, as the body’s natural immune system overcomes such infections. But, when there’s an ear infection, it is highly recommended that you visit an ENT to get it checked out as soon as possible.
Unknown Causes – Unfortunately, most cases of Tinnitus are idiopathic in nature. In other words, the cause is usually not known. When the cause is not known, the same goes for how temporary or permanent Tinnitus will be. Nobody will be able to estimate it. Only time will tell, usually.