Why Homeopathic Treatments 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 yourself, that cut will heal. Before too long, your stubbed toe will feel better. Even if you break a bone, when correctly set, it will mend.

But if hearing is damaged what happens. Is it possible for the inner ear to heal? Can you get your hearing back? Can that healing be facilitated by homeopathic remedies?

What is homeopathic medicine’s approach?

The basic thought is that homeopathic medicine is natural. The philosophy proposes that you’re treating the person and not just the illness. The basic idea is that the human body should repair itself. Those who practice it believe they are encouraging a natural healing process that lets the body heal quicker than normally possible.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

The prefix “Homeo” means “like” and the basis of the word “pathy” means “disease”. So the word homeopathy means “like a disease”. This most likely sounds strange, after all, why would a cure be called “like a disease?”

But it’s called that because it uses substances like nightshade and arsenic which would be harmful in large quantities. Homeopathic advocates think that by administering these substances in minute amounts, a natural healing process is induced.

While some discount homeopathy, others believe in its benefits. Usually, once a person forms an opinion about this, it’s hard to change their mind. We need to investigate why homeopathic remedies don’t apply to hearing loss.

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

How hearing works

The cochlea, which is the term for the inner ear, is shaped like a snail shell. This structure contains little hairs called cilia. These hair cells oscillate rhythmically with the sound waves that are created when something makes a noise. The way in which these hair cells vibrate sends complex signals to the brain. These signals are then sorted out by the brain and differentiated as unique sounds. It can decipher whether someone said the letter “T” or the letter “D.”

When a healthy child is born, they have thousands of these tiny hairs. But as you age, your ears are exposed to loud noises, infections, and other risks that literally shake these tiny hair cells to pieces. They bend. They break. They die. They can no longer efficiently receive sound.

The most delicate hairs are the ones that pick up high pitched sounds like the chirping of birds or the voices of little children. So if damage happens, these are the first to go.

These hairs will never heal or grow back. That’s why it’s so essential to use ear protection.

Homeopathy and Hearing

The body’s natural healing system is believed to be activated by homeopathic remedies. In the case of human hearing, there is no natural healing process established. These hairs don’t grow back.

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

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