Why your genetics may put you at an increased risk for developing age-related hearing loss

Why your genetics may put you at an increased risk for developing age-related hearing loss

There is currently a lot of research dedicated towards understanding the genetics of hearing. While some genetic disorders cause hearing loss to emerge in childhood, the researchers at the University of South Florida’s Global Center for Hearing & Speech Research have identified a gene sequence that puts an individual at greater risk for age-related hearing loss. Please read the interview below for more information:

http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/health/researchers-identify-age-related-hearing-loss-gene-grm7

Even if you’re in your 40s, with no risk factors for hearing loss (noise exposure, medication, etc), you can still develop a hearing loss  due to genetic factors. This is one of the many reasons why it is encouraged for anyone over the age of 40 to have a baseline hearing evaluation!

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