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Do you have ringing in your ears that’s driving you crazy? Discover whether your tinnitus is inherited or what the cause may be.

What is tinnitus?

A ringing, buzzing, or droning in the ears with no external cause of the sound is a condition known as tinnitus. The direct translation of the word tinnitus is”ringing like a bell”.”

How will my daily living be impacted by tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be aggravating and can interrupt intimate interactions. It isn’t a disease in and of itself, but it’s a symptom of other ailments or conditions in your life like hearing loss or damage. You might hear tinnitus in one ear or both ears and it can impede your ability to focus.

Regardless of the way in which you’re experiencing tinnitus, it is always bothersome. Sleep loss, anxiety, and even depression can also be triggered by tinnitus symptoms.

What are the causes of tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be constant or temporary. Short term types of tinnitus are usually triggered by prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as a rock concert. There are a few medical conditions that tend to go hand-in-hand with tinnitus.

Here are several situations that generally go along with tinnitus:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Head or neck traumas
  • The ear bone has changed
  • Extended exposure to loud sound
  • Injuries that impact nerves of the ear
  • A benign tumor, called acoustic neuroma, grows on cranial nerve
  • Inner ear infections
  • Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the delicate hairs used to transport sound, causing random transmissions of sound to your brain
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Bruxism, generally referred to as teeth grinding stemming from temporomandibular joint issues, or TMJ disorder
  • Excessive earwax accumulation
  • Various medications
  • Hearing loss associated with aging

Could I have inherited this tinnitus from my parents?

Tinnitus isn’t directly inherited. However, your genetics can play a role in this symptom. You can, for instance, inherit a tendency for your ear bone to change. Abnormal bone growth can trigger these changes and can be handed down through genetics. Here are a few other conditions you could have inherited that can result in tinnitus:

  • Certain diseases
  • Being predisposed to depression or anxiety
  • Being prone to inner ear infections or wax build-up

The ringing in your ear isn’t directly inheritable, but you might have been genetically susceptible to the conditions that are breeding grounds for tinnitus.

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

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.