Does Tinnitus Go Away On Its Own? Will This Tinnitus Go Away On Its Own, How Long Should I Wait And What Can I Do To Get Rid Of Tinnitus?
Will Tinnitus Go Away On Its Own?• That depends on how much damage has been caused in the first place.• Most tinnitus is caused by damage to the cochlea (the inner ear) or sinus problems.• If the tinnitus has been caused by loud noise it can go away on its own within a few days as the ear injury may be only temporary.• If caused by a mild infection or blockage the tinnitus can clear up once the cause is removed.• Noise, a more serious ear infection or a blow to the head may have caused more severe damage to the cochlea in which case it will not go on its own and you will need to do something about it.
How Does Ear Damage Cause Tinnitus?• Tinnitus is a result of how your brain is now processing sound given the damage to your ear.• In order to understand why you have tinnitus it is important to know how the ear works, what can go wrong and how this causes tinnitus.• The ear is divided into three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.
What Each Part Of The Ear Does• The outer ear takes sound pressure waves from the outside world and funnels them towards the eardrum which vibrates and then pushes them into the middle ear.• The tiny delicate bones of the middle ear move to push the sound into the fluid of the cochlea – a shell-like structure.• Here the waves are picked up by the brain and translated into meaningful information which the brain understands.• That is – if everything is working properly.
The Importance Of The Cochlea• The cochlea contains 20,000 to 30,000 reed-like fibers.• The fibers nearest to the middle ear are short and stiff.• As we move further round the cochlea the fibers get progressively longer and more flexible.• Each of these fibers has a different resonant frequency i.e. a pitch at which it vibrates.• Each sound wave travels along the cochlea until it reaches the fibers with the same resonant frequency. Energy is then released.
Interpretation By The Brain• The organ of corti sits on top of the cochlea.• It contains thousand of hair cells.• When a sound wave hits the fiber in the cochlea and releases energy, this energy hits the organ of corti hair cells at that point.• This sends an impulse through the cochlear nerve which sends this to the cerebral cortex where the brain interprets it.• The brain is able to interpret the pitch (based on the position of the hair cells) and the volume (based on the number of hair cells affected).
How Things Go Wrong• This is great when things are working properly.• Problems occur when the reed-like fibers in the cochlea are damaged (which they can be by exposure to loud noise either suddenly or over a prolonged period of time).• If fibers for a particular resonant frequency are damaged it means that the brain doesn’t receive a signal for that particular sound.• It is like hitting a piano key and there being no sound.
How Is Your Brain Causing Tinnitus?• In the absence of sound at a certain pitch the brain compensates and tries to fill in the gaps by creating phantom sounds.• The result is the wide variety of noises – which can be bangs, whistles, whooshing noises, chirping, buzzing and ringing sounds – that we know as tinnitus.• But that isn’t all.• It now gets itself all agitated by these sounds.• Why? Because of the limbic system.
The Limbic System• The limbic system of your brain, amongst other things, deals with your emotional responses.• The auditory system is wired directly into your brain’s threat detection system. It totally bypasses the analytical part of the cortex.• Your brain filters out sounds that it doesn’t regard as a threat by making sense of the sounds.• With tinnitus it can’t make sense of the sounds and puts you on alert.• The result is that you go into ‘fight or flight’ mode ready to fight or run from the danger it perceives as imminent.• It is operating your primitive safety mechanism.
How Long Should I Wait?• Don’t wait for ages hoping that it will suddenly sort itself out.• You do not want to spend any longer than you have to having sleepless nights and with the noise driving you mad.• If it has not cleared up within a week go and get it checked out.• If it has not been caused by loud noise, an ear infection or a bang to the head you should try to establish the cause.• If it has come on suddenly for no reason it is important to get it checked out as in rare cases tinnitus can be a symptom of an aneurysm or brain tumor.• And then you can get on with getting rid of your tinnitus.
How Can I Get Rid Of Tinnitus?• There is a simple system that puts you in control of your tinnitus instead of it controlling you.• It enables you to rid yourself of tinnitus without drugs and without surgery.• It puts you back in charge of your health and well-being.• It is a permanent solution with no side effects.
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