I'm mostly deaf in bost ears and both of my Uncles are the same. My little brother also seems to be losing his hearing in much the same way I did growing up. I'm fairly certain that hearing loss in our family is genetic and it seems to only affect the males. Is this something you've heard of? Is hearing loss regularly a hereditary condition or only rarely one?
We have hearing loss on my mothers side. My grandmother was almost deaf as well as my aunt and mother. They all had surgery which helped their hearing. I am now losing hearing on my left side, and so is my sister. Since we grew up with a mother with hearing loss, it is not as shocking for us. Most definitely it can be genetic.
I have definitely heard of this before. My ex Mother-in-law suffered substantial hearing loss in one ear later in life, then my ex husband (her son) is now deaf in one ear, and he did have minor hearing problems when young. My son, who is 32, is starting to get hearing issues (in one ear), and my granddaughter who is five years old (my son's child) will be tested for hearing problems later this month.
Personally I have two kinds of genetic hearing loss (inherited from my father). In my right ear the eardrum never formed properly. I also have progressive hearing loss related to osteoarthritis in that the ossicles (the bones that transmit the sound from the eardrum) are fusing. My osteoarthritis is a familiar early-onset form.
Of course, this is an annoyance on a personal level, but the scientist in me remains fascinated by the genetic causes.