Is hearing loss genetic?

Dr. David M. Vernick, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT Specialist)

Hearing loss runs in families. If one or both of your parents became deaf in their advanced years, you have a higher than average chance of age-related hearing loss. Research has identified several genes linked to hearing. Some of these genes affect the inner ear environment and thus the function of sensory hair cells. For example, mutations in the transmembrane cochlear-expressed gene Connexin are the likely cause of deafness in two-thirds of people with hereditary hearing loss.

Hearing loss is genetic and can be presented in early childhood or even in late adulthood.

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