I have had tinnitus for around 3 months. Found out when telling my youngest sister that I had tinnitus, that she has had it for 5.5 years. She never told anyone in the family.... Didn't think we would understand. Her tinnitus is idiopathic like mine, came on 9 months after my nephew was born ( this may be relevant as mine came on 3 weeks post partum with twins). Hers is bilateral, normal hearing on audiogram, she's never been one for nightclubs and pubs. Intrusive for her, she went through the same initial crisis, depression and anxiety and inspiringly for me, leads a normal and productive life now. My dad has unilateral tinnitus - his left ear. He had some hearing loss in that ear. I'm just curious but haven't really found anything where tinnitus might be 'in the family'. It could just be an unfortunate coincidence of course.