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Are you experiencing ringing in your ears that’s driving you crazy? Learn whether your tinnitus is inherited or what the cause might be.

Tinnitus, what exactly is it?

A ringing, buzzing, or droning in the ears with no external cause of the sound is a condition known as tinnitus. The term tinnitus translates to “ringing like a bell.”

How will tinnitus affect my everyday living?

Tinnitus can be aggravating and can disrupt intimate interactions. It isn’t a disease in and of itself, but it’s a symptom of other ailments or circumstances in your life such as hearing loss or injury. Your concentration can be seriously disrupted when you start to hear tinnitus in one or both ears.

Tinnitus is always disruptive regardless of how it’s manifesting. Sleep loss, anxiety, and even depression can also be caused by tinnitus symptoms.

What are the causes of tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be enduring or it can come and go. Temporary varieties of tinnitus are typically caused by extended exposure to loud noises, such as a rock concert. There are a number of medical issues that tend to go hand-in-hand with tinnitus.

Here are several conditions that generally accompany tinnitus:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Acoustic neuroma where a benign tumor forms on the cranial nerve running from the inner ear to the brain
  • Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the sensitive hairs used to conduct sound, causing arbitrary transmissions of sound to your brain
  • Infection of the inner ear
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Several medications
  • Trauma to the neck or head
  • Excessive earwax build-up
  • Sustained exposure to loud noise
  • The ear bone has changed
  • Injuries that affect nerves of the ear
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Bruxism, generally referred to as teeth grinding stemming from temporomandibular joint problems, or TMJ disorder

Could I have inherited this tinnitus from my parents?

Generally, tinnitus isn’t an inherited condition. However, your genes can play a part in this condition. You can, as an example, inherit a tendency for your ear bone to change. These changes are caused by irregular bone growth that can be passed down through family lines. Some of the other conditions that can result in ringing in the ear might be inherited from your parents, including:

  • Being prone to inner ear infections or wax build-up
  • Specific diseases
  • Predisposition to anxiety or depression

The ringing in your ear is not directly inheritable, but you may have been genetically predisposed to the disorders that are breeding grounds for tinnitus.

If your family has a history of tinnitus, you should definitely come in for an evaluation.

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