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You remember your grandmother had trouble hearing.  Your dad needed hearing aids long before he got them.  And you know you’ve been saying, “What did you say.” more in the past year than ever before.  Is it possible you’ve inherited a hearing loss from someone in your family?  The answer is maybe.

GENETIC VERSUS NON-GENETIC HEARING LOSS

Hearing loss can be categorized in a variety of ways.  For the purposes of this article we’ll narrow it down to two broad categories, genetic hearing loss and non-genetic hearing loss.

GENETIC HEARING LOSS

A genetic hearing loss is a pathological condition caused by an absent or defective gene or by a chromosomal aberration.  Each parent contributes half of every child’s genes.  More than 400 different forms of hereditary hearing loss have been identified.

NON-GENETIC HEARING LOSS

A non-genetic hearing loss is a hearing loss that is the result of trauma or illness.

So why is the answer maybe?

A genetic hearing loss may or may not be obvious at birth.  It’s possible for someone with a genetic hearing loss to be unaware they have a genetic hearing loss until the problem worsens.  An existing condition can be made worse in any number of ways, here are just a few:

  • Exposure to everyday and/or workplace noises
  • Medications that may cause hearing loss
  • Trauma to the ear

Whether you inherited your hearing loss or not may never be know.  But what we can tell you is this.  If you’re having a problem hearing it probably isn’t going to get to get any better.  The good news is that we may be able to do something about it.  Call us today.