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Is tinnitus hereditary?

Sat, 13th Oct 2012

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Dinah van der Werf asked:

Is tinnitus hereditary?

Answer

Peyman -   Well, I certainly donít know of a tinnitus gene and people working on the human genome project havenít discovered one as far as I know.  There may be a genetic predisposition in some people when they're exposed to loud sounds, but it is not clear whether there is a genetic link.  So I would say at the moment, negative.

 

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