Frequently Asked Questions
The duration of an episode of tinnitus can vary widely depending on the underlying cause, severity, and individual factors. In some cases, tinnitus may be temporary and go away on its own, while in other cases it may be persistent and last for years. Acute tinnitus, which is a sudden onset of symptoms, may last for a few days to several weeks. Chronic tinnitus, which is defined as symptoms lasting for more than three months, can persist for years. It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience tinnitus so that the underlying cause can be identified and appropriate treatment can be provided.
When tinnitus flares up, it can be a very uncomfortable experience. The sound of tinnitus can become louder or more persistent, making it difficult to focus on other sounds or activities. This can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and even depression. Some people describe tinnitus as a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or whistling sound in their ears, while others describe it as a whooshing or pulsing sensation. The severity of tinnitus can vary from person to person, and it may be more noticeable in quiet environments or when trying to fall asleep. Treatment options, such as sound therapy or counseling, may help manage tinnitus symptoms and improve quality of life.