Generally, the tinnitus doesn't go away. My Dr. told me that for some people it can improve, some it gets worse, after surgery. There's no way to know or predict. He also told me that for a lot of people it fades over time. Whether that's actual fading, or people just getting used to the new normal, its hard too say. But, from what I can tell, tinnitus is mostly a mystery. And an annoying one at that!