If you cut yourself, that cut will heal. In a short time, your stubbed toe will feel better. Even if you break a bone, when correctly set, it will mend.
But if you lose your hearing what happens. Does the inner ear heal itself? Will your hearing come back? Can homeopathic treatments help that healing?
What is homeopathic medicine’s approach?
The basic idea is that homeopathic medicine is natural. The philosophy proposes that you’re treating the person and not only the illness. Essentially, the human body should have the ability to activate its own healing ability. People who believe in this think the body will heal faster than normal if it is given the right encouragement.
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 probably sounds strange, after all, why should a cure be called “like a disease?”
This is because many homeopathic remedies use substances that are harmful in large amounts like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. The idea is that by using these types of substances, you stimulate a natural healing process.
Some people believe in homeopathic treatments and others don’t. It isn’t something that you can easily convince people of one way or the other. We need to explore why homeopathic treatments 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 harm to your ears.
How hearing works
The inner ear is shaped like a snail shell, called the cochlea. There are tiny hairs, known as cilia, inside of this structure. When sound is created, these tiny hairs will vibrate 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 distinguished as unique sounds. It can decode 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 get older, your ears are exposed to loud noises, infections, and other risks that literally shake these tiny hair cells to pieces. They bend, break, and die. Sound will no longer be received and transmitted by these dead hairs.
The most sensitive hairs are the ones that detect high pitched sounds like the chirping of birds or the voices of small children. So if injury occurs, these are the first to go.
These hairs will never heal or grow back. That’s why it’s so essential to use hearing protection.
Homeopathy and Hearing
Homeopathic medicines are believed to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. In the case of human hearing, there’s no natural healing process established. These hairs don’t grow back.
If you’re experiencing early stage hearing loss, the best thing you can do is call us for a hearing assessment. If you delay getting medical advice and treatment while you “try” homeopathic medicine, you could be doing more long term harm to your hearing. We can help you with treatment options that are proven.