If you cut your leg, it heals. In a short time, your stubbed toe will feel better. Even a broken bone will mend if correctly set.
But what if you lose your hearing? Does the inner ear heal itself? Will your hearing come back? Can that healing be helped by homeopathic remedies?
What is the conceptual basis for homeopathic medicine?
The basic idea is that homeopathic medicine is natural. The philosophy proposes that you’re treating the person and not only the illness. The basic premise is that the human body should heal itself. Those who practice it believe 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 root. So the general meaning of homeopathy is “like a disease”. The fact that a cure would be called “like a disease” might seem strange.”
But it’s called that because it uses substances like nightshade and arsenic which would be unsafe in large quantities. Homeopathic supporters believe that by using these substances in very small quantities, a natural healing process is triggered.
Some individuals believe in homeopathic treatments and others don’t. It’s not something that you can easily persuade people of one way or the other. 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 lead to considerable harm.
How hearing works
The cochlea, which is the term for the inner ear, is shaped like a snail shell. This structure carries little hairs called cilia. These hair cells vibrate rhythmically with the sound waves that are created when something makes a sound. 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. What words and letters are being spoken can also be distinguished.
There are thousands of these tiny hairs in your ears when you’re first born. But these hairs decay as you get older and your ears are exposed to infections, loud sounds, and other risks. They bend, break, and die. Sound will no longer be received and transmitted by these dead hairs.
The high-frequency hairs that can pick up sounds like a violin solo, birds chirping, or the children playing are the most delicate. So if damage occurs, these are the first to go.
Once these hairs are damaged, they don’t grow back or heal themselves — ever. That’s why protecting your ears is so essential.
Hearing and homeopathy
Homeopathic medicines are believed to work by compelling the body’s natural healing processes. In the case of human hearing, there is no natural healing process established. These hairs don’t grow back.
The best plan of action, if you’re noticing early hearing loss, is to call us for a hearing test. If you procrastinate getting medical assistance and treatment while you “try” homeopathic remedies, you may be doing more lasting harm to your hearing. We can help you with treatment options that are proven.