Genetic Hearing Loss? You Could Have Your Father’s Hearing.

two men outdoorsBaldness, freckles…hearing loss?  Yes, it seems we can inherit many of our parents’ traits, whether or not 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 genetic hearing loss in many individuals.

A recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health supported findings that indicate almost 70 different genes in our DNA that have been identified as responsible for hereditary hearing loss.  Researchers expect this number to increase as more gene candidates are explored.

Even though the majority of known hearing losses involve 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 and getting the appropriate care can help reduce the impact that hearing loss will have.

At North Fulton ENT, 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 Online Appointment Requests and submit your information, or call us at (770) 450-6554.

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