To help your ringing ears
- Avoid anything that may be making the tinnitus worse, such as other loud noises or stimulants like caffeine.
- Use ear plugs if you know you’ll be exposed to louder sounds.
- Refrain from alcohol, as it causes blood to flow into your inner ear and enhance the ringing.
How long does the ringing last?
Occasional exposure to loud noise can bring about temporary tinnitus. Ringing that’s accompanied by a muffled sound may also indicate noise-induced hearing loss. These symptoms often go away within 16 to 48 hours. In extreme cases, it may take a week or two. Further exposure to extremely loud noises can also trigger the ringing again.
Sometimes this hearing loss can develop into tinnitus that lasts more than six months. This is a common condition that may cause long-term issues, but is rarely a sign that you’re going deaf or have a medical problem.
If you’re a frequent concertgoer, performing musician, or find yourself exposed to loud noises often, you may want to take steps to prevent long-term hearing loss.
Hearing loss is expected to rise dramatically in the coming decades.
How can I prevent ringing in my ears?
It’s always a good idea to take steps to keep tinnitus at bay. Research shows that even if the ringing disappears, there may be residual long-term damage.
Understand what noises cause hearing damage, including concerts, motorcycles, and playing music at the loudest volume.
Wear earplugs when attending concerts. Some venues may sell cheap foam ones at coat check.
Limit how much alcohol you drink during a show or area with loud music. Blood flow to your ears can increase the sound of ringing.
Have your hearing tested if you think you may have hearing loss.
Should I see a doctor?
While there’s no cure for tinnitus, there is ongoing to research for the condition. Medical professionals are also ready to help you handle any long-term stress issues that may come up from dealing with tinnitus. Make an appointment with your doctor if the ringing lasts for more than a week. See a doctor as soon as possible if the ringing in your ears accompanies hearing loss or dizziness.