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 your arm, it heals. Before too long, your stubbed toe will feel better. Even a broken bone will heal if correctly set.

But if you lose your hearing what happens. Does the inner ear heal itself? Will your hearing come back? Can homeopathic remedies help that healing?

What is homeopathic medicine philosophy?

Homeopathy is thought of as natural medicine. You’re treating the whole person, according to this approach, not just the illness. Essentially, the human body should have the ability to activate its own healing ability. Those who practice it believe they are stimulating a natural healing process that lets the body heal faster than otherwise possible.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

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

This is because many homeopathic treatments use compounds that are unsafe in large amounts like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. Homeopathic supporters think that by administering these substances in very small amounts, a natural healing process is triggered.

While some dismiss homeopathy, other people believe in its value. Normally, once a person forms an opinion about 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 considerable, lasting damage to your ears.

How hearing works

The inner ear is shaped like a snail shell, called the cochlea. There are little hairs, called cilia, inside of this structure. When sound is created, these little hairs will oscillate rhythmically. The way in which these hair cells move sends complex signals to the brain. These signals are then sorted out by the brain and differentiated as unique sounds. What words and letters are being spoken can also be distinguished.

When a healthy child is born, they have thousands of these tiny hairs. But these hairs decay as you get older and your ears are exposed to infections, loud noises, and other hazards. They bend, break, and die. They can no longer efficiently receive sound.

The high-frequency hairs that can detect sounds like a violin solo, birds chirping, or the children playing are the most delicate. So these are the first to go when your ears start to take damage.

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

Hearing and homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies are believed to work by compelling the body’s natural healing processes. But hearing loss doesn’t ever heal. These hairs won’t grow back.

The best thing to do, if you’re noticing early hearing loss, is to give us a call for a hearing test. If you delay getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic medicine, you might be doing more long term harm to your hearing. We can help you with treatment solutions that are proven.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.