Natural remedies are a $140 billion industry worldwide. Some of these remedies seem to work, by reducing symptoms or making people feel better, others are just schemes to line a scammer’s pockets.
How can you know the difference? Especially when they seem to have scientific proof?
Often you can’t know with certainty so you may just try them thinking it can do no harm. But if you’re looking for natural hearing loss cures, you could be doing severe and irreversible damage to the sense you’re trying to heal.
Let’s explore some dangerous cures for hearing loss you should avoid at all costs. Many may surprise you.
Navajo Restore My Hearing System
It’s named after a Native American tribe so it must be safe and natural, right? Think again. This “hearing loss cure” claims it can restore perfect hearing in as little as two weeks. And of course, the seller of this cure found it in the belongings of a deceased grandmother who was part Navajo.
It makes no distinction between sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss which have very different causes. The website claims that this herbal tonic can restore the little hair cells in your inner ear that pick up sounds from your environment.
We can very confidently say that it’s just snake oil. We’ll tell you why in addition to sharing why these natural hearing loss cures are so dangerous. But first, let’s look at a few more of these “cures.”
Improve Your Hearing Naturally
This hearing loss solution didn’t go for a fancy name. It offers to sell you a complete system that will allow you to stop hearing loss and restore your hearing systematically. They make big, bold claims on the website.
They promise to share herbs and vitamins you can take to restore hearing. They claim to show you how to detoxify your ear canals (remove earwax). They say they can explain how to completely stop hearing loss at any age.
They even offer you a 30-day money back guarantee since, of course, you will know within 30 days if these natural hearing loss cures work.
Amish Miracle Cure
Most think of the Amish as honest and hardworking. The last thing they think of is a hearing loss scam. That’s likely why this name was likely used.
The proponents claim that the Amish heal hearing loss with antioxidants, gingko biloba, B12, magnesium, and zinc. And you can too.
We don’t deny the importance of a healthy diet for overall health, but no diet can cure hearing loss.
Garlic & Olive Oil
Not only does garlic fight off vampires. Some claim that it can restore your hearing by 97%. A YouTube video shows you how to make a garlic and olive oil concoction. You just pour it into your ear…
Garlic is antibacterial, which is why it’s common in remedies. But hearing loss is not caused by bacteria. There’s absolutely no scientific reason this should work. What’s worse?
Any hearing care specialist can tell you there’s no reason to pour anything like this in your ear. At best it will be ineffective, at worse it could cost you your hearing.
In traditional Chinese medicine, an underlying imbalance of Ch’i (life force) is believed to be the cause of many ailments. Hearing loss, in particular, is believed to be a malfunction of the bladder, kidneys, and liver. Anatomically speaking, these organs are responsible for removing toxins from the body, so this theory could make some sense if we think of an imbalanced life force as a build-up of toxins.
Acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal remedies are used create balance to restore the hearing. While we don’t deny that there may be some therapeutic value to these remedies, there is little science to support them. More importantly, we can tell you with 100% certainty that they don’t cure hearing loss.
Why We’re So Confident that “Natural Hearing Loss Cures” Don’t Work
The science doesn’t add up. Many of these remedies use partial truths.
You do have little hair cells in your inner ear that allow you to hear. These hair cells die when exposed to very loud sounds or other causes. Once they die, they cannot be restored. No tonics, needles or exercises can change this.
We are just as hopeful as you are that one day there will be a cure for hearing loss. Right now the only ways to restore hearing loss are:
- Cochlear implants
- Hearing Aids
- Removing ear canal blockage (if this is the cause)
Why Natural Hearing Loss Remedies Are So Dangerous
We understand the draw of natural medicine. Some natural remedies work, but it’s just not the case for hearing loss. We’re drawn to these remedies because they seem simple, accessible, and safe. The keyword here is “seem.” Trust us; it’s much easier and more efficient to make an appointment with an audiologist.
Delaying this appointment may not only speed up your hearing loss, but it can also impact brain health, personal safety, relationships, and your social life. The best thing you can do is get a hearing test and wear your hearing aid.