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Is Hearing Loss Hereditary?

When you have family members with hearing loss, it’s natural to be concerned about your own hearing health. Learn more about the effects of genetics on hearing loss and how to protect your own hearing ability.

When you have family members with hearing loss, you might wonder if you’re going to experience the same thing. Hearing loss can be a genetic condition, but every case of hearing loss is different Make sure you understand how genetic hearing loss works and the ways you can keep yourself healthy.

WHAT IS HEREDITARY HEARING LOSS?

Hereditary hearing loss is any type of hearing loss passed by genetics. Hereditary hearing loss is relatively common, but not all people who have hearing loss in their family will experience hearing loss themselves.

There are two general types of genetic hearing loss: progressive and non-progressive. Non-progressive hearing loss is often present from birth, while progressive hearing loss appear at any age and gradually worsen over time. Hearing loss can also be symmetrical or or asymmetric, where each ear has a different level of hearing ability.

CAUSES OF GENETIC HEARING LOSS

Genetic hearing loss can have many causes. Some genetic hearing loss is caused by gene mutations that are passed along from your parents. Other genetic hearing loss is syndromic, meaning it is caused by conditions such as Treacher-Collins Syndrome or Usher’s syndrome.

Most kinds of genetic hearing loss are present from birth. However, genetics are also linked to many kinds of late-onset hearing loss. You also might be more disposed to hearing problems if you have other kinds of genetic conditions, such as a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease.

WILL I LOSE MY HEARING IF HEARING LOSS RUNS IN MY FAMILY?

When you have family members with hearing loss, it’s natural to worry about losing your own hearing as well. However, not everyone who has a family history of hearing loss will experience hearing problems themselves. Here are a few ways to determine whether or not you’re at risk:

    • Hearing Loss Types – Make sure you know what kind of hearing loss your family members suffer from. For instance, if your relatives have hearing loss because they worked in a noisy environment for many years, your risk is lower than if their hearing loss appeared on its own.
    • Lifestyle Factors – Along with genetics, lifestyle plays a huge role in your hearing ability. If you take precautions with your own hearing, you can reduce many of the risks of genetic hearing loss. For example, if you avoid smoking, wear hearing protection, and exercise regularly you will significantly lower your risk of hearing loss.
    • Professional Help – Finally, if you think you might already be experiencing some hearing loss, you can get your hearing tested at our audiology clinic and talk to an audiologist about your risk factors and hearing options. This is a great way to learn more about your hearing health and take steps to protect your hearing early on.

CALL AUDIO RECOVERY FOR HEARING HELP TODAY

No matter what the cause of your hearing loss is, Audio Recovery can help. Our certified audiologistswill determine the causes of your hearing problems and work out the best plan for treatment. Call (405) 949-1906 today to schedule an appointment, or visit us on Facebook to learn more us and see what our past clients have to say.