Why Homeopathic Treatments For Hearing Loss Are a Bad Idea

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 properly set, it will mend.

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

What is the conceptual basis for homeopathic medicine?

Homeopathy is thought of as natural medicine. The philosophy suggests that you’re treating the person and not simply the ailment. The basic concept is that the human body should repair itself. Those who practice it believe they are stimulating a natural healing process that lets the body heal faster than normally possible.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

The prefix “Homeo” signifies “like” and the root of the word “pathy” means “disease”. So the term homeopathy means “like a disease”. The fact that a cure would be called “like a disease” might sound odd.”

This is because most homeopathic treatments use compounds that are harmful in large quantities like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. The idea is that by using these kinds of substances, you stimulate a natural healing process.

While some dismiss homeopathy, others believe in its benefits. Normally, once a person develops an opinion on this, it’s difficult to change their mind. We need to explore why homeopathic remedies don’t apply to hearing loss.

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

How hearing works

The inner ear looks like a snail shell, called the cochlea. This structure has little hairs called cilia. These hair cells vibrate 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. The brain can interpret these signals to distinguish between a cat’s meow and a car horn. What letters and words are being spoken can also be differentiated.

When a healthy child is born, they have thousands of these little hairs. But these hairs disintegrate as you age and your ears are exposed to infections, loud sounds, and other hazards. They bend over. They break. They die. They can no longer effectively receive sound.

The most delicate hairs are the ones that pick up high frequency sounds like the chirping of birds or the voices of small children. So these are the first to go when your ears begin to take damage.

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 process is believed to be stimulated by homeopathic remedies. In the case of human hearing, there is no natural healing process established. When these hairs die, they never regrow.

If you’re noticing early stage hearing loss, the smartest thing you can do is contact us for a hearing assessment. If you procrastinate getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic remedies, you might be doing more long term harm to your hearing. Speak to us today about proven prevention and treatment options.

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