Why You Should Avoid Homeopathy For Hearing Loss

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

If you cut your arm, it heals. If you stub your toe, it might feel painful and swollen but the inflammation will abate, and you’ll feel better in a little while. Even a broken bone will heal if properly set.

But what if you lose your hearing? Can the inner ear heal itself? Can you get your hearing back? Can that healing be helped by homeopathic remedies?

What is the conceptual foundation for homeopathic medicine?

Homeopathy is thought of as natural medicine. You’re treating the whole person, according to this method, not simply the ailment. The basic concept is that the human body should repair itself. Those who practice it think they are stimulating a natural healing process that allows the body to heal faster than normally possible.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

“Homeo” means “like” and “pathy” has the word “disease” at its basis. So the word homeopathy means “like a disease”. The fact that a cure would be called “like a disease” may seem odd.”

This is because many homeopathic treatments use substances that are harmful in large amounts like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. Homeopathic supporters believe that by using these substances in minute amounts, a natural healing process is induced.

Some individuals believe in homeopathic treatments and other people don’t. Normally, once a person forms an opinion on this, it’s difficult to change their mind. We need to investigate why homeopathic remedies don’t apply to hearing loss.

Homeopathy might be harmless at best for other parts of the body but with the ears, it can actually result in substantial damage.

How hearing works

The inner ear looks like a snail shell, known as the cochlea. There are little hairs, known as cilia, inside of this structure. When sound is produced, these tiny hairs will oscillate rhythmically. 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. It can decipher whether someone said the letter “T” or the letter “D.”

There are thousands of these little hairs in your ears when you’re a newborn. But these hairs decay as you get older and your ears are exposed to infections, loud sounds, and other hazards. They bend. They break. They die. They can no longer efficiently receive sound.

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

Once these hairs are destroyed, they won’t grow back or heal themselves — ever. That’s why protecting your hearing is so important.

Homeopathy and Hearing

The body’s natural healing process is believed to be stimulated by homeopathic treatments. In the case of human hearing, there is no natural healing process in place. These hairs don’t grow back.

The best plan of action, if you’re developing early hearing loss, is to call us for a hearing exam. If you delay getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic medicine, you could be doing more lasting harm to your hearing. Speak to us today about proven prevention and treatment options.

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.

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