Tinnitus can be chronic, but not always permanent as most forms of the condition are treatable or temporary depending on the cause. Tinnitus has many causes and comes in varying levels of hearing disruption and discomfort.
Tinnitus can be caused by loud music, gunshots, fireworks and even large power tools like chainsaws. Simple things like impacted ear wax can cause the issue as well. These types of situations can be treated, removing the cause and ending the tinnitus. When damage has been done to the ear the condition can become chronic and the effects can sometimes be reduced by listening to music or white noise playing in the background where the person with the condition is at.