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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tinnitus does not appear to be inherited

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Researchers in Norway suggest that tinnitus -- ringing in the ears -- does not appear to be a highly inherited condition.

Dr. Ellen Kvestad of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo and Akershus University Hospital says tinnitus, or the perception of sound without an external acoustic stimulus, is common, but the causes of tinnitus onset and tinnitus maintenance are far from fully understood.

Kvestad said colleagues analyzed data collected from 12,940 spouses, 27,607 parents and offspring and 11,498 siblings. All completed a questionnaire about tinnitus and underwent a hearing examination.

A subgroup of 16,186 individuals with some hearing loss and 17,785 controls were sent a second questionnaire requesting more details about tinnitus, to which a total of 28,066 responded.

About 20.9 percent of the participants reported having definite or probable symptoms of tinnitus.

The researchers found a low overall correlation that does not indicate that any prevalent type of tinnitus is largely passed down through families.

The findings are published in the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.

source:United Press International

Copyright 2010 by United Press International (via ClariNet)
As someone who suffers from tinnitus (I believe due to the 6 rear-end car accidents I have been involved in), it sure would be nice if science could find a way to reduce this loud ringing in my ears!
According to the website:
"When we think of hearing loss, we typically think of a person who has listened to loud music for years, has worked in noisy industrial buildings or construction areas all of his or her working life, or the natural decline of the auditory senses with age. But hearing loss can also be due to a sudden event, such as hitting one’s head in a fall or a swift powerful blow to the side of the head such as that suffered in an automobile accident. A blow to the head that causes unconsciousness can lead to an inner-ear concussion and hearing loss. Other damages that can result in trauma to head or ear include the dislocation or fracture of the middle ear bones, fracture of the cochlea in the inner ear (the cochlea is the main sensory organ of hearing), a hole in the inner ear leading to inner ear fluid leakage, a fracture of the temporal bone fracture leading to hearing loss, and bleeding in the inner ear. Serious traumatic injuries to the ear arising from an automobile collision can cause permanent hearing loss or balance problems" (or in my case both!)


Jack said...

That was a real informative article.
Tinnitus may not always be inherited. I have seen people getting tinnitus due to their work conditions. Some of them ended up having more trouble even after a year of medication. Natural treatments may not cure tinnitus but they may help reduce the noise.
It was a great post. Please keep posting more.
Tinnitus advice.

Wayne said...

Hi Jack,
thank you for visiting my blog and I am glad that you found the article informative, and thank you for your kind words! I agree with you concerning what you have said.I didn't have tinnitus until after my first car accident.And being on aspirin to control inflammation and pain due to the accident caused my tinnitus to get even worse!I haven't heard that much about natural treatments,so I am not going to respond to what you have said concerning them.

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