Can tinnitus go away, ever?
Can tinnitus go away is the probably the most pressing question a sufferer will ever ask. Will it, ever? Or will it just go away for a while only to return with a vengeance after something triggers it? Or will it go away on its own without any help?
The basics of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a common ailment that mostly affects men than women. A sufferer will experience a hissing, roaring, whistling, or humming sound in an ear or both ears without the presence of external sound.
The condition may happen intermittently or it may stay for a lifetime. The pitch and volume of the sound vary for every person. Some may experience a high-pitched whistling or ringing sound. For others, the sound may be a swishing or pulsing noise. Whatever the sound range, tinnitus is debilitating, to say the least.
What are the major factors that can cause Tinnitus?
There are several factors that can bring about tinnitus. They can also become triggers when the condition is permanent. Here are some of the chief causes of Tinnitus:
- Injuries to the neck or head
- Repetitive exposure to loud music or noises
- Excess wax buildup
- A rupture or hole of the eardrum
- Side effects from medications such as painkillers, certain kinds of antibiotics, steroids, aspirin, sleeping pills, and antidepressants
- Ear infections
- Eating very sugary and salty foods
- Cigarette smoking
- Alcohol and caffeine consumption
Can Tinnitus ever go away?
The root cause of your tinnitus determines whether it is going to be an acute (temporary) or chronic (permanent) condition. Some types of tinnitus may go away on its own after a period of time. For instance, experiencing tinnitus after a particularly loud rock concert will clear up after a few days.
Discontinuing certain medications or getting rid of excess wax buildup can also make tinnitus go away. Some other cases of tinnitus also go away after a period of two to three months. It is just unfortunate that a lot of cases are chronic conditions.
The good news for chronic tinnitus sufferers is that the symptoms can be reduced if the specific cause is effectively treated. It might even naturally go away on its own. It is only if the underlying cause is not addressed that the condition intermittently occurs.
The surprising finding is that natural remedies fare better in providing relief for tinnitus sufferers than medical treatments. Here are some of the ways to naturally relieve tinnitus symptoms:
- Using earplugs when exposed to loud music or noises
- Staying away from triggers such as alcohol and smoking
- Cutting back on your consumption of caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee
- Regularly working out 3 to 5 days a week. Exercise is a natural mood booster that can also relieve stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems that can aggravate tinnitus.
- Getting 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Go to bed at the same time every night until it becomes habitual. Make the room dark and cool. Turn on a fan or use any white noise to break the silence of the room.
- Eating more raw vegetables and fruits.
What’s the final word?
It is unfortunate that there is known cure for Tinnitus. Natural and medical remedies are all palliative. This means that they can provide temporary relief but will never make tinnitus go away especially in chronic cases. However, lifestyle changes can also provide longer spans of freedom from symptoms which is what counts the most.