Are you experiencing ringing in your ears that’s driving you mad? 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 called tinnitus. The direct translation of the word tinnitus is “ringing like a bell”.
How will tinnitus impact my day to day living?
Tinnitus can be frustrating and can disrupt intimate connections. It’s not a disease in and of itself, but it’s a symptom of other ailments or circumstances in your life including hearing loss or injury. You may hear tinnitus in one ear or both ears and it can impede your ability to concentrate.
Regardless of the way in which you’re experiencing tinnitus, it’s always bothersome. impact your sleep and even cause anxiety and depression.
What are the causes of tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be persistent or temporary. Lengthy exposure to loud noise, like a rock concert, is typically the cause of temporary tinnitus. There are a number of medical conditions that tend to go hand-in-hand with tinnitus.
A few of the circumstances that could play host to tinnitus include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Bruxism, generally known as teeth grinding, caused by temporomandibular joint issues, or TMJ disorder
- The ear bone has changed
- Head or neck injuries
- Accumulation of excessive earwax
- Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the fragile hairs used to transport sound, causing arbitrary transmissions of sound to your brain
- Acoustic neuroma where a benign tumor forms on the cranial nerve going from the inner ear to the brain
- Meniere’s Disease
- Age-related hearing loss
- Extended exposure to loud sound
- Injuries that affect nerves of the ear
- Different medications
- Inner ear infections
Is it possible that my parents may have passed down the ringing in my ears?
Generally, tinnitus isn’t an inherited condition. But the symptoms can be affected by your genetics. You can, as an example, inherit a tendency for your ear bone to change. Irregular bone growth can trigger these changes and can be handed down through genes. Some of the other conditions that can lead to ringing in the ear could be passed down from your parents, including:
- Being prone to inner ear infections or wax build-up
- Specific diseases
- Being predisposed to depression or anxiety
You can’t directly inherit tinnitus, but there are conditions that become breeding grounds for tinnitus which you may have inherited.
If you have a history of tinnitus in your family, it’s truly in your best interest to make an appointment with us so we can evaluate your hearing.