How to Know If Tinnitus is Temporary or Not?

Do you think you might be experiencing tinnitus? Tinnitus is a condition that causes an individual to hear a noise that isn’t actually there. The noise can be anything from a whirring to a whistling or even what seems like a ringing bell. It could even be a small piece of music that seems to play on your head in repeat. 

It is important to be aware that not all types of tinnitus are permanent. Tinnitus can be temporary, at least at first. If the right management measures are not taken it’s possible that the condition does gradually become permanent. There are a few factors to consider when determining whether tinnitus is temporary or not. Let’s take a look at some of these possibilities. 

The cause

The first thing to consider is always going to be the cause of your tinnitus. There are two main causes of tinnitus. The first is damage to your ears due to loud noises. When you are exposed to a significant level of loud noises or you are around loud noises for an extended period, it’s possible for your hearing to be damaged. This is something that you need to keep in mind. You need to make sure that you are not putting yourself in this position. If you work around loud noises, consider utilizing ear protection devices. Do be aware that your employer should provide you with the right hearing protection based on the environment that you are working in. If your tinnitus is due to exposure to loud noises is it more likely to be permanent. 

However, there are other causes such as a blockage in your ear. This could either be earwax or it might be growth. Both suggest that tinnitus is going to be temporary. Indeed, once your ears have been cleaned out, you might find that your tinnitus fades within minutes. Similarly, it’s possible that the surgery to remove the growth in your ear could also solve the issue here. You may want to speak to your hearing health professional about this. They can check your ears and determine whether or not there is a blockage that is causing the tinnitus. Tinnitus can also be neurological and again, once the root of the cause has been solved, the symptoms will usually disappear. 

The time 

Time is very important when determining whether tinnitus is permanent or temporary. Typically speaking the longer, it continues the more likely it is that tinnitus will become permanent. If you experience your tinnitus in short bursts, maybe only a few minutes each, there’s a good chance that it will fade over time. However, if it has been going on for months or even years, then it’s likely that the condition is permanent. It does still depend on the cause though. It’s possible that the tinnitus is caused by a growth or blockage in your ear that hasn’t been diagnosed. If that’s the case then you could still find that it is only temporary. You just need to make sure that you are making an appointment with your hearing health professional. They will be able to make sure that you gain the answers that you need here. 

The sound 

Finally, you can also usually determine whether tinnitus is temporary or permanent based on the sound. There are two factors to consider here. The first is who can hear the noise. It’s possible that if someone listens very closely, they will be able to hear the ringing too. This will usually be a hearing health professional using a listening device. If this is the case, then this is another sign that the condition is temporary. However, if you’re the only one who is able to hear the noise, then it’s far more likely that it’s a permanent condition. You should also consider the volume of the noise. Generally, permanent cases of tinnitus will be far louder because it gradually grows in volume over time. This is something that is worth keeping in mind. 

Do be aware that even if you are experiencing permanent tinnitus, there are coping mechanisms that can be considered. You can speak to your hearing health professional about these tinnitus treatment options

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