You May Have Your Father's Hearing
Posted by Hearing Northwest on June 15, 2012
Baldness, freckles...hearing loss? Yes it seems we can inherit many of our parents’ traits, whether we truly want them. While we have known for years that different conditions such as baldness, high blood pressure and poor eyesight can have genetic origins, recent studies have revealed more information into the genetic causes of hearing loss in many individuals.
A recent HealthyHearing.com article details the findings from a National Institutes of Health supported research study. This study indicates that almost 70 different genes in our DNA have been identified as responsible for hereditary hearing loss. Researchers expect this number to increase as more gene candidates are explored.
So while the majority of the hearing loss we see involves some degree of prior noise exposure, it is becoming more and more commonplace to see individuals who have genetic factors involved with their condition. Unfortunately this is not something you can change. However recognizing the signs of hearing loss early on and getting the appropriate care can help reduce the impact that hearing loss will have.
We can treat all individuals with hearing loss difficulties, regardless of the cause. If you feel that you or a loved one is experiencing struggles with hearing loss, we encourage you to take the first step to better hearing and make an appointment for a free consultation today. Simply go to our Contact Us page and submit your information and we will be in touch within one business day.