These days, we know plenty about all the environmental causes for hearing loss.
From exposure to loud noises to certain medications, it’s far more common knowledge of the ways to prevent hearing loss.
Now the focus has shifted to a much smaller scale: genetics.
The short answer to the question “Is hearing loss genetic” is “it can be, but isn’t always.”
Advances in molecular biology have made it possible to identify and intervene much earlier in instances where hearing loss can be driven by genetic factors.
Before we dive into that, let's start with a quick overview of how hereditary conditions are passed down.