Is My Tinnitus Inherited?

Woman grimacing with hand on the left side of her head suffering from tinnitus

Are you going crazy with that tinnitus in your ears? Discover whether your tinnitus is inherited or what the cause may be.

Tinnitus, what exactly is it?

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

How will my day-to-day living be impacted by tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be frustrating and can interrupt intimate interactions. It’s normally an indication that you have damaged hearing or some root health condition and not a disease in and of itself. You may hear tinnitus in one ear or both ears and it can hinder your ability to focus.

Tinnitus is always troublesome regardless of how it’s manifesting. Tinnitus can affect your sleep and even cause anxiety and depression.

What are the causes of tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be enduring or it can come and go. Temporary varieties of tinnitus are usually triggered by extended exposure to loud sounds, like a rock concert. There are a few medical conditions that tend to go hand-in-hand with tinnitus.

Here are several situations that typically accompany tinnitus:

  • Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the delicate hairs used to conduct sound, causing random transmissions of sound to your brain
  • Head or neck traumas
  • Acoustic neuroma where a benign tumor forms on the cranial nerve running from the brain to the inner ear
  • The ear bone has undergone changes
  • Exposure to loud noise for sustained time periods
  • Different medications
  • Injuries that affect nerves of the ear
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) triggered by a TMJ disorder
  • Excessive earwax build-up
  • Infection of the inner ear
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Anxiety or depression

Could I have inherited this ringing in my ears from my parents?

Tinnitus isn’t directly inherited. However, your genes can play a part in this symptom. For example, ear bone changes that can lead to tinnitus can be inherited. Abnormal bone growth can trigger these changes and can be handed down through genes. A few of the other conditions that can produce ringing in the ear may be passed down from your parents, including:

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

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

If you have a history of tinnitus in your family, it’s really in your best interest to schedule an appointment with us so we can evaluate your hearing.

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.