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

Are you going mad with that tinnitus in your ears? Find out what causes tinnitus and whether you could have inherited it.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name referring to a person’s perception of a ringing, droning, or buzzing in the ear with no external stimulus present to explain this sensation. 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 interrupt intimate interactions. It’s normally an indication that you have damaged hearing or some underlying health condition and not a disease in and of itself. You may hear tinnitus in one ear or both ears and it can impede your ability to concentrate.

Regardless of how you’re experiencing tinnitus, it is always bothersome. impact your sleep and even trigger anxiety and depression.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be enduring or it can come and go. Sustained exposure to loud noise, like a rock concert, is normally the cause of short-term tinnitus. Tinnitus has been documented to co-occur with several different medical issues.

A few of the circumstances that may play host to tinnitus include:

  • Changes in the composition of the ear bone
  • Several medications
  • Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the fragile hairs used to transport sound, causing arbitrary transmissions of sound to your brain
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Hearing loss associated with aging
  • Injuries that affect nerves of the ear
  • Infection of the inner ear
  • Buildup of excessive earwax
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding stemming from temporomandibular joint problems, or TMJ disorder
  • A benign tumor, called acoustic neuroma, grows on cranial nerve
  • Prolonged exposure to loud noise
  • Trauma to the neck or head

Is it possible that my parents may have passed down the ringing in my ears?

Tinnitus isn’t directly inherited. However, your genes can play a part in this symptom. For instance, ear bone changes that can result in tinnitus can be passed down. These changes are caused by irregular bone growth that can be passed down through family lines. Some of the other conditions that can result in ringing in the ear could be passed down from your parents, including:

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

The ringing in your ear is not directly inheritable, but you may have been genetically predisposed to the conditions that are breeding grounds for tinnitus.

If your family has a history of tinnitus, you should definitely come in for an assessment.

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