How long does it take for tinnitus to go away after an ear infection?

Tinnitus is the symptom of a person who suffers from hearing loss for prolonged periods of time. Often, there is a temporary and pleasant ring in the ear after an infection. However, how long does tinnitus last in the ear after an infection is unclear and it might vary with the intensity and duration of the infection.

Tinnitus is a very common symptom in adults. The prevalence of tinnitus was estimated to be 3% – 5% by various studies and could be less than 2% in children younger than 15 years.

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What causes tinnitus (Ear Infection)?

One reason ear infections can be difficult to cure is because the infection moves from one ear to the other. In the case of an adult, this usually occurs in about two weeks.

In a child, it could be one to three months. In both adults and children, the eardrum is very stretchable and the canal that leads from the middle ear to the outer ear is quite small.

Therefore, the infection tends to spread quickly. Since tinnitus occurs for many people who have experienced an ear infection, it is important that they be aware of this possibility.

The article “Tinnitus as an Early Symptom of Acute Otitis Media” (Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Volume 119, Number 10, October 1993, pp.

Under Normal Circumstances, How Long Will Tinnitus Persist?

Many people report that Tinnitus is usually there as long as it has been for as long as one can remember. When the condition persists for more than three months, it is likely that the tinnitus will persist for quite some time.

You may have felt that your tinnitus lasted for so long because of the pre-existing inflammation, fever, or viral illness you may have had at the time. This is the common reason that people report a relationship between their tinnitus and a previous cold. While there is no cure for most cases of tinnitus, it can be treated, and many people find relief from the effects of tinnitus with treatment. There are a number of options available to treat tinnitus.

For some tinnitus sufferers, these include the following: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) Corticosteroids, like prednisone or hydrocortisone Migraine medications (like Aspirin or Ibuprofen) Surgery (usually for patients who do not respond to the above options) Sound masking devices, which are more effective than noise cancellation devices.

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The Big Question…Will my Tinnitus Ever Subside?

The answer to this question is unfortunately, we don’t know. And the reason we don’t know is because everyone is different and Tinnitus can be a multifaceted problem with many possible causes and origins. There are some things we do know about it though. For example, the sooner you address Tinnitus, the better it can be treated.

We have seen a lot of success with treating it early on. But for some patients, Tinnitus can be a chronic problem.

In these cases, the goal of treatment is not to completely eradicate it from your life. In fact, we see it more and more that the goal of treatment is to reduce Tinnitus enough so that it doesn’t affect your life or ability to function day to day. This is done through a combination of treatments, including hearing aids, tinnitus maskers, tinnitus retraining therapy and in some cases drugs.

The goal of treatment is to reduce the impact of Tinnitus enough that it does not interfere with your day to day life. If you are experiencing, what sounds like ringing in your ears, or feeling of fullness in your head, or hearing things that are not really there, then I would suggest seeing an Ear Nose and Throat doctor ASAP to get on some medication.


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