Why Homeopathic Remedies For Hearing Loss Are a Bad Plan

Homeopathic herbs and flowers in mortar and pestle with tincture and medicine bottles on a wooden table.

If you cut your arm, it heals. In a short time, your stubbed toe will feel better. Even a broken bone will heal if correctly set.

But what if your hearing is damaged? Is it possible for the inner ear to heal? Will your hearing come back? Can homeopathic treatments help that healing?

What is homeopathic medicine’s approach?

The basic idea is that homeopathic medicine is natural. You’re treating the complete person, according to this method, not just the ailment. The basic premise is that the human body should heal itself. Individuals who promote this think the body will heal faster than normal if it receives the right encouragement.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

“Homeo” means “like” and “pathy” has the word “disease” at its root. So the general meaning of homeopathy is “like a disease”. This most likely sounds strange, after all, why should a cure be called “like a disease?”

But it’s called that because it uses compounds like nightshade and arsenic which would be unsafe in large amounts. Homeopathic advocates believe that by administering these substances in very small amounts, a natural healing process is induced.

While some discount homeopathy, others believe in its benefits. It’s not something that you can easily persuade people of one way or the other. We need to investigate why homeopathic remedies don’t apply to hearing loss.

Unlike other parts of the body where homeopathy might be harmless at best, with hearing, you can actually do significant, lasting damage to your ears.

How hearing works

The cochlea, which is the term for the inner ear, is shaped like a snail shell. There are tiny hairs, called cilia, inside of this structure. These hair cells vibrate rhythmically with the sound waves that are produced when something makes a sound. Complex signals are transmitted to the brain as these hairs vibrate with incoming sound waves. These signals are then sorted out by the brain and distinguished as unique sounds. What letters and words are being spoken can also be differentiated.

There are thousands of these little hairs in your ears when you’re first born. But as you age, your ears are exposed to loud noises, infections, and other hazards that literally shake these tiny hair cells to pieces. They bend, break, and die. Sound will no longer be received and transmitted by these dead hairs.

The high-frequency hairs that can pick up sounds like a flute solo, birds chirping, or the playing of children are the most fragile. So if damage happens, these are the first to go.

Once these hairs are destroyed, they won’t grow back or heal themselves — ever. That’s why it’s so important to use hearing protection.

Homeopathy and Hearing

The body’s natural healing process is believed to be stimulated by homeopathic remedies. In the case of human hearing, there is no natural healing process in place. When these hairs are gone, they never grow back.

If you’re experiencing early stage hearing loss, the best thing you can do is contact us for a hearing test. If you delay getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic remedies, you may be doing more lasting harm to your hearing. We can help you with treatment options that are proven.

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