Natural Remedies for Hearing Loss

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Age-related hearing loss is a seemingly universal problem among the elderly. Few of the aged escape it. However, natural and preventative remedies for age-related hearing do exist!

It is usually just assumed and expected that we lose our hearing gradually over time. Some natural changes occur in the inner and middle ear as we age, which cannot be helped. Physical deterioration is also inevitable to some degree in all parts of the body.

However, there are many contributing factors to hearing loss that can be avoided. Certain medical conditions and medications are linked to hearing loss. Long term exposure to loud noises and chronic ear infections also contribute to hearing loss.

Natural Remedies for Hearing Loss

Prevention is definitely the best medicine to protect your hearing. But what if you already have hearing loss? After considering and correcting any of the above risks to your ears, you can also find some herbs, dietary changes, and exercise as you are able.

Diet

Your hearing depends on the bones in your ears, the nerves that go to your ears, and the blood vessels that go to your ears. Nourishing your body will have a positive effect on your bones, nerves, and blood. Take care of yourself. Eat a variety of whole foods. Eat less processed foods and fast foods.

Exercise

Aerobic exercise gets your blood flowing. This includes blood flow to your ears. Make an effort to keep active even as you age. Walking, swimming, cycling, or an exercise class at the gym will help you maintain your body's health, including your ears.

Herbs

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba increases blood circulation and has been used to treat several disorders common among the elderly, including hearing loss and dementia.

Cayenne

Cayenne pepper is an excellent herb for circulation. Improved circulation will bring more blood to your ears to help with function and repair.

Burdock Root

Burdock root is a nerve healer and blood purifier.

Medical Conditions and Hearing Loss

Diabetes

Autopsies of individuals with diabetes have revealed damage to nerves and blood vessels of the ears. This is consistent with nerve and blood vessel damage in general for diabetics.(1)

It is essential to keep diabetes under control for your hearing as well as your overall health.

High Blood Pressure

Pubmed reports a study that connects hearing loss to high blood pressure. (2)

High blood pressure does cause stress and damage to blood vessels. It certainly makes sense that it would harm the delicate vessels that supply the ears with blood.

To reduce your risk of age-related hearing loss, keep your medical conditions under control. You will feel better, and you will hear better! There are many natural remedies for preventing high blood pressure and diabetes under control.

Medications and Hearing Loss

Cancer Treatment

Allopathic cancer treatments, including chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy, have been implicated in the damaging hearing. (3)

If you have cancer, do your research and understand the side effects of any action you take to treat your disease.

Pain Medications and Hearing Loss

One Pubmed study reveals a link between the use of pain medication and hearing loss. Pain medications implicated include NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, and Paracetomol. (4).

Studies show high doses of aspirin are also connected to hearing loss. (5) Even small and infrequent aspirin doses can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears) in sensitive people.

People take pain medication for many different reasons. Arthritis is a common reason for older individuals to take pain medication. Consider natural remedies to treat and even reverse your arthritis and avoid the risk of pain medications.

There are many natural remedies for pain as well that do not carry the risk of hearing loss.

Treat Ear Infections Promptly to Protect Hearing

Chronic ear infections can cause long term damage to your ears and your hearing. Ear infections often clear up without the use of antibiotics. (6) And, of course, there are plenty of effective natural remedies for ear infections.

Smoking and Hearing Loss

While studies do not come to the same conclusions, some studies indicate a link between hearing loss and smoking. (7) Due to overwhelming evidence for smoking's health risks, it would be most prudent to reduce or eliminate cigarette smoke from your life.

Noise Pollution and Hearing Loss

One of the most commonly known causes of hearing loss is that of noise pollution. It is not unusual for teens to have hearing loss from attending loud concerts, being in a band themselves, and using earbuds with the volume too loud. Many occupations carry a risk of noise pollution. Those who work in airports, on construction sites, or in factories may need to use ear protection. Lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, and chain saws also can generate a damaging amount of noise. Again, ear protection is wise. It is also recommended to use ear protection during some sports, including shooting and snowmobiling.

Ear Wax and Hearing Loss

Sometimes hearing loss is caused by a build-up of wax in the ears. The ear's wax is generated to protect it, but too much wax in the ears can cause blockages and hearing loss. Hydrogen peroxide is often used to remove excess wax and restore hearing. If your ear wax is especially hard or impacted, you may need to remove it by an ear nose and throat doctor.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

While you may think of hearing loss as something that only elderly people deal with, an alarming number of teens and young adults have hearing loss. The middle-aged and elderly population tend to suffer from age-related hearing loss, whereas teens and young adults suffer from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL.)

Noise-induced hearing loss is a severe and irreversible condition. To protect your hearing, you should know the causes of NIHL and implement steps to protect your hearing.

About 40 million US adults aged 40-69 have noise-induced hearing loss.

Unfortunately, even when made aware of the risks of loud noises, most people do not take precautions to protect their hearing.

How Can I Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

Know Your Risks

The biggest threat to the hearing of teens and young adults today is the use of earbuds and headphones to listen to music on devices.

The higher the volume and the longer the amount of time you spend listening to music with earbuds or headphones, the more likely you will experience permanent hearing loss.

Other activities that put your hearing at risk include loud concerts, driving in heavy traffic, listening to the TV at high volume, power tools, heavy equipment, power tools, and recreational vehicles.

Protect Your Ears

When you know you will be exposed to loud noises, wear ear protection. This may not be the most elegant addition to your wardrobe, but consider that the alternative addition to your wardrobe may be hearing aids at a young age if you do not take good care of your hearing.

1. Listen to music responsibly.

2. Limit the amount of time that you listen to music with headphones or earbuds.

3. Do not listen to your music at more than 60% of the maximum volume using headphones or earbuds.

4. After an hour of listening with headphones or earbuds, give your ears a break.

5. Invest in high-quality earbuds or headphones. Earbuds or headphones that block outside noise better will reduce your temptation to turn up the volume to better hear what you are listening to.

6. Protect your ears from loud noise during recreational activities, like the following:

  • Snowmobiling
  • Target Shooting
  • Concerts
  • Dance Clubs
  • Motorcycling

Obviously, wearing earplugs during recreational activities may seem like it would hinder your fun. However, you can buy excellent noise-reducing earplugs that will allow you to hear conversation or music at loud events and reduce the amount of noise your ears are exposed to.

Summary

It would wise to get a medical evaluation before you begin any natural treatment for hearing loss. If you are on any medications, they may not be compatible with some natural remedies. If you are dealing with a low grade and chronic infection or ear wax, your hearing loss may have a quick solution.

Continue reading below for suggestions from Earth Clinic readers who have improved their hearing with natural remedies.

Have you tried a natural remedy for hearing loss? We would love to hear from you!


Ear Wax Removal

Posted by Anna (Philadelphia, Pa, Usa) on 02/08/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Once I woke up with almost (95%) total hearing loss - I was really desperate. It took only one visit to ENT specialist who cleaned my ears of awful earwax buildup (I blame partially the ear candles which condensed it and pushed back)and my hearing was better than before! You can do it yourself if you are skillful and daring. There was a clue it was earwax: sometimes I heard a popping sound followed by second-long better hearing.


Eliminate Vegetable Oils

Posted by Alan (Mexico) on 06/12/2020
5 out of 5 stars

For hearing loss, leave out all, and I mean all, vegetable oils in any form. They clog eyes and ears..

Replied by Ana
Canada
06/12/2020

Alan, What about avocados and coconut oils?


General Feedback

Posted by Dooright17 (Fort Meade, Md) on 02/09/2011

I have read that cinnamon and honey help restore hearing loss? I have searched but I can't find what types of hearing loss. All I keep seeing is this: HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. " Two of my children have a sensori-neural hearing loss and I was wondering if this mixture would benefit them.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
02/10/2011

Dooright17, be aware of the dangers of cinnamon. I didn't know about them till I read a posting here, did some research and indeed, cinnamon shouldn't be taken in big quantities. One thing is a bit in a cake or a pudding, another one is to take it by the spoonfull.

Replied by Rmfol1971
Hickory, Nc
04/15/2011

Do your kids have one sided or both sides, is it unexplained and sudden or have they always had it?

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
08/25/2015

What if you made the cinnamon/honey weight-loss tea? You take 1/2 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon (available online) and let it steep for 1/2 hour covered. Then add 1 tsp. raw honey (also available online). Drink it right before bed. Actually, you're supposed to drink half at night and the other half in the morning after you refrigerate it overnight. Try that method. You don't want to ingest a straight teasponful because, as I understand it, it could be harmful to the liver that way.

Replied by Michael
B.c.
02/06/2017

I use to take cinnamon until I got dizzy and I ended at the emergency hospital. Cinnamon is toxic for people with a weak liver.

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
02/08/2017

Michael to Michael! As I understand it, Cinnamon is grown now in many countries from India to the Malabar Coast, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) to name the most widely known ones.

Chinese Cinnamon is known as "Cinnamomum Cassia" and Sri Lankan Cinnamon is known as "Cinnamomum Verum".

If a person can afford to do so, I would recommend the Sri Lankan variety, as it seems to be considered to be the best one by most sources I have looked at. If you think the price is high, you might be interested to learn how incredibly labour-intensive it is to produce. Such a business to process! The Portuguese, the Dutch and the British in turn, all sought to dominate the trade in Cinnamon hundreds of years ago. Colourful history there!

Cheers, M

P.S. Ingesting too much Cinnamon can be bad for the liver as you say but Sri Lankan Cinnamon is possibly the safer one to try first in small doses.


Glue Ear

Posted by Zeninfinity (Santa Rosa, Ca, Usa) on 11/01/2011

I am not sure where this post should go or how it should be catagorized? Not sure if "glue ear" is similar to an ear infection or not. Maybe hearing loss too?

Bottom line, this is not a cure but will help drain your ear if you've got a bunch of gunk in it. It did not work right away for me, but over time I could feel the blockage draining.

This worked for me so I just thought I would pass it on. It's called the Galbreath Technique

and it's very easy to do. Basically you are mildly (painlessly) dislocating your jaw in order to open up the passage way that will allow your ear to drain. I did this 3 times yesterday and then once before bed and once when I woke up this morning. I feel much better today.

This is not a cure per say, but there is no doubt getting rid of all that pressure in my ear is a good thing and I believe it will help me on the road to recovery much quicker.

Here's a good picture of the method with accompaning text of an "assisted" Galbreath Technique.

http://www.acofp.org/resources/OMT/articles/1004_1_3.html

Once you grab the concept, you can do this own your own with your own hands.

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I did not try this but there is another alternative way to deal with "Glue Ear". Basically it is blowing up a balloon with the single nostril of the effected side. I imagine this to be a much safer method than blowing out your ears by holding your nose and breathing out. there is a clinical name for this, but I forgot it already.

http://www.gluear.co.uk/parents/how-does-otovent-work.ashx

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And last but not least here is a youtuber with a Glue Ear remedy. I didn't try this, but was just about to, but then the Galbreath Technique did it's thing for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNqpmI-Lfew


Hearing Loss Remedies

Posted by Ks (Ny) on 09/08/2015

Hi,

I am 28 years old and have about 30% high frequency hearing loss in both ears and also suffer from tinnitus. Can you recommend something for my ears?

Thank you

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
09/09/2015

Dear Ks,

Do you know the cause of the hearing loss? Is this new?

Do you use ear buds or have to work around loud machinery, noises or music? In this day and age, there are so many things that put the delicate ear at risk.

Do you have a history of ear infections? One of my sons seemed to have subclinical seasonal hearing loss which affected his learning to read. If this is a possibility, you could look at Earth Clinic's cures for ear infections.

You might also look at the cures for tinnitus.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sheetal
Chattisgarh
10/02/2016

Hiii I am 25yrs old I am suffering from hearing loss in both ears and I am using hearing machines from last 5 years.can you plz recommend me any natural remedies for restoring my hearing.I will be very much grateful to you. Thank you

Replied by Kt
Usa
10/02/2016

Dear Sheetal,

I had ruptured eardrums forty-seven years ago and was hard of hearing. I tried using a hearing aid for only a week and did not care for it. In the last several years I discovered turmeric helps me. You could try making a tea with 1/4 tsp. in about 1/2 C warm water two or three times a day. Maybe increase to 1/2 tsp. when you find out how you tolerate it. Because it can be constipating you can sprinkle it on vegetables. It is beneficial to use a little black pepper with it. Wishing you luck. <><

KT

Replied by Jugal Moondra
Mumbai, India
09/24/2017

I like KT's reply, on hearing loss, I am 64, gradually lost (sudden loss) of hearing in right ear, tried cinnamon+Honey, Turmeric etc, but not found any improvements, finding better with garlic (in the ear, over night, till morning, feel 1% better everyday, doing for last 25 days), will seek advice help guidance on this matter to recover hearing loss (since last 6months, I am diabetics for last 1yrs)


Humming

Posted by Nature (Portland, Maine) on 12/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

To improve hearing acuity do the following-start to humm, once the humming is going open your mouth and continue the sound,then consciously move the sound up to the ear you have hearing problems with-keep the open mouthed hummm going and make it louder, if a problem in both ears move the sound from one ear to the other. You may be saying that this is impossible but you can really do this. When I practice the humming with the mouth open,(a totally different sound) the longer the better, my husband notices that I do not need the T.V. up as loud. The activity apparently stimulates the nerves in the ears. I read about this natural anecdote to hearing problems years ago. Of course it would depend on the nature of your hearing loss but it is worth a try and you must keep it up every day to retain the advantage.


Increase Circulation

Posted by Lydia (Australia) on 06/10/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I read something interesting about hearing loss. As I understand it, your inner ears have many small capillaries. People who don't have good circulation can have impeded blood flow in the small capillaries of the ears (and also the eyes, I would assume). Poor circulation can come with age, ill health, heart disease, etc.--the very same things associated with hearing loss.

Therefore, I do believe that saunas and hot baths as well as vigorous exercise (as much as can be safely tolerated), are likely to be very helpful to maintaining and improving one's hearing (as well as eyesight!). Also, it pays to be aware that some prescription medications can have ototoxic effects--as in, they can damage the hearing. In my experience, doctors won't typically warn you because this side effect is considered "rare" (or more likely, hard to definitively link to medication). So the internet is your friend, and just generally, it's best to avoid prescription medications whenever possible, since most of them are prescription-only because they have the potential to cause nasty side effects.

It's not comforting that a serious side effect is rare if you happen to be the one who experiences it.

Replied by Margie
Canada
06/10/2020

Very interesting, Lydia, thank you for posting that. My mother had horrendous hearing loss and now that I think about it, it probably got worse after she stopped exercising when she was in her 70s. I know people in their 80s and 90s with great hearing, so it's possible! Makes sense that increasing circulation to the body would help the ears.


Potassium

Posted by Karen (Alpharetta, Georgia) on 12/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Orange Juice/Potassium/Hormone Aldosterone May Cure hearing loss

The other day I drank 6 ounces of OJ and noticed a dramatic, immediate (<5 minutes) improvement in my hearing. After that I researched potassium relative to hearing loss and found there is a correlation between the two. Of course OJ is loaded with potassium. Blood tests can determine if a person is low in the hormone aldosterone and can be added as a supplement

EC: More about Aldosterone on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldosterone


Reader Q&A

Posted by Mom (Southern California ) on 03/05/2019

My 7 year old son put little papers into his ear. ENT removed them and saw fluid behind ear drum and said this is common that kids will try to make the ear feel better by putting stuff in the ear. Long story short, I believe the doctor injured his ear drum when he removed the papers and now he's showing a middle ear hearing loss. It's slight and hasn't changed in the past six months. We've had it checked three times. Any suggestions to restore? Thank you.


Sensorineural Hearing Loss Remedies

Posted by R.m.ravindra (Bangalore) on 12/13/2013

Dr Sir, M suffering from sensorineural loss from past 5months tired of trying all type of treatment plz help me m still 36yr old have a sweet little daughter who is 1yr. I love to hear her voice. Does drinking magnesium oil along with milk or water helps me or garlic with sesame oil? helps me plz suggest me or earth clinic located anywhere in Bangalore

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
12/14/2013

Hello Ravindra from Bangalore,

Concerning your hearing loss, you said you are 36 years old and the loss of hearing has started in the past 5 months. Tell us more; are you on a medication that might have side effects? Is the hearing loss on one side or both sides? Have you had recent sinus/ ear infections that might indicate you have a bacterial/fungal or viral infection...Also an infection in both ears might have come from swimming in a pool that was infected...there are lots of pathogens that are water borne. I'm suggesting that "something" happened six months ago (right before the onset of hearing loss) that caused the loss of hearing.

If the onset is suspected to be caused by a virus I'd try using an ear syringe with colloidal silver or some other anti viral you might have in India. I do know that the use of silver is common in India...even consumed as a silver leaf over rice...but silver might not work so well against some fungi. I don't think CS is effective against "microsporum canus" (ringworm) for instance. But there are effective anti-fungals. The point is, if you suspect any of the 3; bacteria, virus, or fungus one could try agents that are known pathogen killers. I once studied major ear diseases and as I recall, 3 of the 4 major ear diseases were linked to pathogens.

Still, try to remember if there was some event prior to your onset of hearing loss 5 months ago. I'm guessing there was and that might help determine what to suggest more specifically than I have been able to do herein.

Replied by Ravindra
Bangalore
08/04/2014

Dear Sir,

i have sensorinural loss in left ear 78percent & in right earing loss more than 15yrs. it happned naturally not through any infection always ringing sound in ear m using behind ear hearing aid in right ear left I cant use since the voice I hear is not clear its mixed hearing plz send me the remidy to my personnel mail id please or whom to contact in bangalore do tell me sir thankx for ur reply

Replied by Jen
Florida
12/16/2015

I am sorry that you are going through this. It is tough I am now watching My husband who is 31yrs old suffer from this as well, please let me know if there's anything you came across.


Turmeric

Posted by Barbara (Aiken, South Carolina) on 04/29/2017 23 posts
5 out of 5 stars

When I saw KT's post, I was gladwilling to try turmeric. I have been taking turmeric capsules off and on because of it's inflammatory properties and had already discovered that it improved my mood. So I began taking two capsules of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) root 1,200 mg five days ago. On the third day, I noticed that I could carry on a conversation with a friend seven or eight feet away sitting on a different piece of furniture and not have to ask her what she said. And she has a European accent! I am continuing the two capsules daily and will report on the outcome. I have had noticeable hearing loss with bad tinnitus for about six years. No injury. I am 67 years old. Thank you, KT!

Replied by Kt
Usa
05/03/2017

Deat Barbara,

This is a thank you note to thank you for your thank you note! I just want to mention I cannot take capsules. They are a hidden source of MSG, which can affect hearing. I put the turmeric powder in warm water to make a tea and/or sprinkle it on my food. I would bet you could open just one capsule, take the contents and get similar results.

Replied by Jugal M.
Mumbai, India
06/13/2017

yes, I (64yrs) feel raw tamarind powder should too work....I am too suffering from hearing loss(total) in my right year for last 5/6 months, I had mild stroke in july 16, since then found High BP & diab & on meditations since then & feel hearing loss is due to these medicine....searching for such natural/herbal ways out to recover hearing loss, otherwise have to go for hearing aid(didnt like it), please help or suggest... refer to have dal chinni & honey.... as is subject of this discussion.

Replied by Eve
Sydney Australia
09/25/2020

What dosage of turmeric did you have?

Kt
Usa
09/25/2020

About a rounded 1/2 tsp. in 1/2 C warm water.

Kt
Usa
09/25/2020

You might want to start with 1/4 tsp. a couple times a day until you know how it affects you. It is high in oxalates. Foods/spices that are high in oxalates in combination can contribute to stones.


Posted by Kt (Usa) on 04/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was taking turmeric for inflammation after ingesting too much manufactured glutamic acid (MSG). It seemed to open my ears up and I could hear so much better.

It should be noted I had a fractured skull with ruptured eardrums decades ago that reduced my ability to hear well. After ingesting turmeric I don't have to have people keep repeating what they say. Sound is no longer "muffled".

Replied by Mama To Many
Tn
04/23/2017

Dear KT,

How wonderful!
How much turmeric and how often?
Do you happen to take it with black pepper and/or fat?

Thank you!
~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kt
Usa
04/24/2017

Dear MtM,

Initially, it was a rounded 1/2 tsp. for my swollen fingers from eating leftover beef. No pepper or fat. It was after reporting that, that I learned from you guys about adding fat and or pepper. I had called my doctor to report about my fingers (his wife went through the same thing) and noticed I could hear better on the phone.

As I have mentioned to you before, I am reluctant to report things like this because I have been weeding hidden sources of MSG out of my diet for over two decades and I have learned how small sources add up. Just the flowing agent in salt that so many are ingesting has a lot to do with inflammation and fluid retention along with our now tainted food supply with the infiltration of GMO's that cannot be avoided. I believe my friend from Jr. Hi has become diabetic just because she ate so many grains, salads and fresh fruit.

My post was purposely intended for the Meniere's section here, on EC, for the benefit of a friend in CA that has a problem with fluid in his ears and nausea. He did report taking ginger for that. I gave him this site but in reviewing posts here under Meniere's I noticed there was no mention of turmeric so I felt it appropriate to mention what happened to me.

It seems trivial to talk about the flowing agent (hidden source of MSG) in salt but it can contribute to so much havoc. We need sodium for our hearts...it is the flowing agent in commercial table salt that is the culprit and causes fluid retention. Magnesium is important and can offer some protection against the damaging effects of MSG. It is hard to discuss one without mention of the other.

Back to the turmeric...because it was reported to contribute to constipation (you know I don't need that! ) I combined a rounded 1/4 tsp. with cayenne or ginger at different times throughout the day. After I heard from you about taking fat and/or pepper with the turmeric, I started that but did not notice a difference. If I have eaten something that closes my ears, like too much cheese, I take 1/2 tsp. in some warm water.

Replied by Edy
Santa Cruz, Ca
04/20/2018

I too am experiencing quite a bit of hearing loss in the past year. I'm 67 years old and have a ruptured ear drum, but it hasn't bothered me until now. So....I believe tumeric is best with black pepper and a bit of heat to get it going for us. My mother is almost deaf and boy is it frustrating to talk with her, I hope I don't end up like that! LOL

Replied by Kt
Usa
04/22/2018

Dear Edy,

You could try sprinkling turmeric on her food but it may take awhile to notice improvement because it would depend on what else she eats. Add a little ginger because it also reduces inflammation. I believe it is our tainted food supply that is more of a cause for my hearing loss than the injuries. When I can notice improvement on ingestion I think that speaks for itself.

KT

Replied by Denise
Us
12/29/2018
49 posts

I so relate with my sister, and no, I don't want to have that happen to others trying to talk to me if I can avoid it. My tinnitus was so loud day before yesterday it did actually obstruct me from hearing a guy talking to me, then he began to speak up which did help. I'm going to try the turmeric when I am ready to take a chance on trying something again:)

Replied by Eve
Sydney Australia
09/25/2020

KT,

What form of turmeric were you having?

Kt
Usa
09/25/2020

Powdered Turmeric Root that I order is from Penzeys Spices in WI.