Have you ever experienced tinnitus - the uncomfortable sensation of sound (ringing, whining, or buzzing) in your head? I know I have, and many other people, as well. It's just not fun. I tended to experience it more often with my older hearing aids. Since getting my new aids, the strange ringing in my head has gone away, thankfully. I mean, I wouldn't want to have to use a treatment named after a method of suicide , after all.
This recent post from Medical News Today sheds a bit of light on the heritability of tinnitus. You might think that like many diseases, tinnitus has a genetic component. You would be right, but it turns out that only 11% of people who suffer from tinnitus have it because of a genetic factor. Far more common is the environment. If you have hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises, you might get tinnitus. If your parents suffer, it's not 100% certain that you will suffer, too.
Tinnitus is a pretty weird disorder. The more we know about it, the better!