If you cut your arm, it heals. If you stub your toe, it may feel bruised and inflamed but the inflammation will subside, and you’ll feel better in a little while. Even a broken bone will mend if properly set.
But if you lose your hearing what happens. Is it possible for the inner ear to heal? Can you get your hearing back? Can that healing be helped by homeopathic treatments?
What is the conceptual basis for homeopathic medicine?
The basic thought is that homeopathic medicine is natural. The philosophy suggests that you’re treating the person and not simply the ailment. Basically, the human body should have the ability to activate its own healing ability. Those who practice it think they are stimulating a natural healing process that lets the body heal quicker than otherwise possible.
What is homeopathic medicine made of?
The prefix “Homeo” means “like” and the root of the word “pathy” means “disease”. So the general definition of homeopathy is “like a disease”. This most likely sounds odd, after all, why would a cure be called “like a disease?”
This is because most homeopathic treatments use substances that are unsafe in large quantities like arsenic, nightshade, and even poison ivy. Homeopathic advocates think that by administering these substances in minute quantities, a natural healing process is triggered.
Some people believe in homeopathic treatments and other people 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 treatments for hearing loss.
Unlike other parts of the body where homeopathy may be harmless at best, with hearing, you can actually do substantial, lasting damage to your ears.
How hearing works
The cochlea, which is the term for the inner ear, is shaped like a snail shell. There are tiny hairs, called cilia, inside of this structure. These hair cells oscillate rhythmically with the sound waves that are created when something makes a sound. Complex signals are sent to the brain as these hairs oscillate with incoming sound waves. The brain can decipher these signals to distinguish between a cat’s meow and a car horn. 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 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. They break. They die. They can no longer efficiently receive sound.
The high-frequency hairs that can detect sounds like a flute solo, birds chirping, or the playing of children 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
The body’s natural healing system is believed to be activated by homeopathic treatments. But hearing loss doesn’t ever heal. When these hairs are gone, they never regrow.
The best course of action, if you’re experiencing 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. Talk with us today about proven prevention and treatment possibilities.