Vertigo Symptoms

Is Vertigo Hereditary?

By July 29, 2013 September 17th, 2019 No Comments

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A lot of people who experience vertigo will have a family member who has also experienced similar sensations or diagnoses, which leaves many asking the question, “Is vertigo, in fact, hereditary?”

While there have been no scientific studies conducted to prove that vertigo is inherently hereditary, there have been many studies that have found that problems with the inner ear are leading causes of vertigo. The genes we get from our parents dictate how our bodies form and function. If one of your parents has problems with their inner ear, probably genetically passed down from their parent, then you may have similar problems.

For this reason, many refer to vertigo as a “degenerative progression” of the inner ear. Basically, as you get older, your inner ear goes through a degenerative process, making you more susceptible to inner ear problems and therefore more susceptible to vertigo symptoms. If you have a family history of inner ear problems, then you might be more susceptible to vertigo.

Tracing your history of ear infections and other related diseases can help you to assess your risk of developing vertigo. Should you find yourself suffering from vertigo or related symptoms, consider asking a parent about any childhood illness or trauma you might have experienced in order to help find the underlying cause of your vertigo, and therefore the right vertigo treatment as well.

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