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. If you stub your toe, it might feel bruised and swollen but the inflammation will abate, and you’ll feel better pretty soon. Even if you break a bone, when properly set, it will heal.

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 the conceptual foundation for homeopathic medicine?

Homeopathy is thought of as natural medicine. You’re treating the complete person, according to this method, not simply the illness. Essentially, the human body should have the capacity to activate its own healing ability. Those who practice it think they are encouraging a natural healing process that allows the body to heal quicker than otherwise possible.

What is homeopathic medicine made of?

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

This is because most homeopathic remedies use compounds that are unsafe in large amounts like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. Homeopathic advocates think that by administering these substances in very small quantities, a natural healing process is induced.

Some people believe in homeopathic remedies and others don’t. It isn’t something that you can easily convince people of either way. What we will address is why there are no homeopathic remedies for hearing loss.

Homeopathy may be harmless at best for other parts of the body but with the ears, it can actually result in considerable harm.

How hearing works

The inner ear is shaped like a snail shell, known as the cochlea. This structure has tiny hairs called cilia. These hair cells oscillate rhythmically with the sound waves that are produced when something makes a noise. The way in which these hair cells move transmits complex signals to the brain. The brain can interpret these signals to distinguish between a cat’s meow and a car horn. What words and letters are being spoken can also be distinguished.

There are thousands of these little hairs in your ears when you’re a newborn. But as you get older, your ears are exposed to loud noises, infections, and other risks that literally shake these little hair cells to pieces. They bend over. They break. They die. They can no longer efficiently receive sound.

The most fragile 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.

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

Hearing and homeopathy

Homeopathic medicines are believed to work by compelling the body’s natural healing systems. In the case of human hearing, there’s no natural healing process established. When these hairs are gone, they never grow back.

If you’re noticing early stage hearing loss, the smartest thing you can do is contact us for a hearing exam. If you procrastinate getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic medicine, you could be doing more long term damage to your hearing. We can help you with treatment options that are proven.

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