Does Tinnitus Go Away?
When patients hear a ringing or other unusual noise in their ears, and they are pretty sure that it is not coming from an external source, they can get apprehensive about the state of their hearing. If you do cursory research on tinnitus, the stories can be concerning, especially if you visit some forums where people discuss the physical and mental challenges of the condition. However, these are more often the exception rather than the rule.
Mild tinnitus may cause significant anxiety in patients, waiting for what they believe is inevitable – a life of hearing loss complicated by unbearable noise. Fortunately, even when tinnitus is permanent, most patients are not affected to the extent that they can’t enjoy their lives as usual. Eventually, they will get used to the noise and continue with their lives. This process can take up to a year. For a small number of patients, however, tinnitus can be highly disruptive, even leading to anxiety and depression. This is when more advanced coping strategies and devices can be necessary to help them adapt and normalize their daily lives.