According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, almost 24 million people in the USA alone are victims of hearing loss, but only 3.5 million hearing aids are sold globally.
That means millions upon millions of people are not treating their hearing loss with aids.
But what about natural remedies for hearing loss?
Do they exist?
Can they work?
Let’s take a look.
What exactly causes hearing loss?
Before we talk about some natural cures, let’s first take a quick look at what (usually) causes hearing loss.
Causes of sensorineural hearing loss:
- Viral infections such as Measles
- Loud noise exposure
- Medications that damage hearing
- Hereditary hearing loss
- High fevers
- Brain tumor
Causes of conductive hearing loss:
- Perforation of the eardrum
- Wax build-up
- Ear infections
- Calcification or injury of the bones in the middle ear
- Foreign objects in the ear canal
4 Herbs for Hearing Loss
The next question most people ask after causes is “how can you treat the condition?”
Herbs contain vital elements that help prevent or reduce the deterioration of hearing loss. Because we love to see you live a healthy life, we’ve compiled 4 herbs that will help you out of this.
Also known as the American coneflower, Echinacea is one of the popular herbs full of health benefits. On top of boosting the immune system and fight symptoms of cold, it also counters other bizarre infections that could lead to hearing loss.
This herb houses antibiotics which help in fighting viruses or germs that can cause inner ear infections. Additionally, it also reduces inflammation of the sinus and ear tissues thus enhancing good hearing sense.
The bitter taste may come as a turn off to many, but the rewards are nothing short of spectacular. You can access it over the counter at supermarkets or pharmacies in form of tea, dried herb, liquid extracts or pills.
Despite ginger being just an ingredient in Indian foods and Asian stir-fry dishes. Its use dates back to the ancient times as a natural remedy.
Research has shown that ginger has antibiotics and antiviral components that are essential in preventing infections that cause hearing loss. That notwithstanding, the herb regulates and activates nerves that facilitate sound transmission waves to the brain.
Indians adore and envy turmeric for its medicinal value. True to their belief it’s classified as one of the best medicinal herb known to man.
It contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties that assist your brain and body to function in a seamless fashion. Closer home, its rich in potassium mineral which plays an essential role in facilitating healthy ear functioning.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Tracing its origin in Asia, the Ginkgo herb is harvested from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree. On top of facilitating blood platelets production, this herb knocks down the hearing problem with a single punch.
It has been shown to facilitate proper blood circulation throughout the body and more specifically the ear tissues. Sufficient blood circulation in the ear makes it function more efficiently.
Lastly, Ginkgo gives a hand in relieving ringing in the ears.
4 other natural remedies for hearing loss
1. Essential oils. First, the bad news. There is no research that sensorineural hearing loss can be reversed or treated with essential oils. However, essential oils contain properties that can help the body fight what may be causing hearing loss.
Lavendar can soothe and possibly help with the by products of hearing loss or tinnitus by reducing overall body inflammation.
2. Avoiding ototoxic medication. Here is a pretty comprehensive list. If your doctor has prescribed medication on this list, asking for an alternative prescription may help.
3. Brain games. The ability to hear sound is only one aspect of hearing. In order to interpret the meaning of sound and actually make sense of it, the auditory cortex of the brain must be able to process the information efficiently.
One way to help improve or maintain good speech processing ability (and ultimately good hearing ability) is to practice and improve your auditory processing skills. Brain games, such as those on Lumosity, may help to improve your hearing, especially in more complex environments like background noise.
4. Anti-oxidants. This study cites some anti-oxidants (i.e. Vitamin A, Vitamin E) help fight free radicals and help the body copy with oxidative stress.
Lack of scientific evidence
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention this…
Although many people have found help with the herbs, oils, and other natural remedies above, it should be made clear there is very limited current scientific research to suggest any drug or treatment can reverse hearing loss.
This doesn’t mean it won’t work.
For instance, I recently herniated a disc in my lower back and the orthopedic surgeon told me that patients report recovery with acupuncture and possibly Curcumin even though there is a lack of studies to support this.
Ears are some of the most important body organs.
This is because they make us aware of our environment.
For this reason, you should take care of these vital organs. On top of keeping them clean and dry, have them occasionally checked.
Since prevention is better than cure, you can also use the above herbs to supplement the overall well being of your ears to prevent potential damages that may lead to hearing loss.
Needless to say, you need to consult your doctor before you start using them as they may react differently to different people.