Natural Home Remedies For Hearing Loss

Natural Home Remedies For Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common ailment that can affect people of all ages, interfering with communication and lowering the overall quality of life.

According to the National Institute of Health, one in every eight persons in the United States aged 12 and above has bilateral hearing loss. Disabling hearing loss affects around 2% of persons aged 45 to 54, rising to 8.5% of adults aged 55 to 64.

While pharmacological therapies are available, looking into natural remedies and home treatments might be a proactive way to enhance aural health.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss:

Conductive Hearing Loss

Caused by blockages in the outer or middle ear, such as earwax buildup, fluid build-up, or a ruptured eardrum.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are blockages or damage in the outer or middle ears, and natural remedies such as ear cleaning and improving diet can help address this condition.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Damage to the delicate hair cells in the inner ear, often due to aging, noise exposure, or certain medications. Treatments aimed to improve sensorineural hearing loss are continually being researched, with some focusing on regenerative medicine and hearing aids.

Mixed Hearing Loss

A combination of conductive and sensorineural factors.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

  • Age: Over time, the hair cells in the inner ear deteriorate, leading to sensorineural hearing loss. This natural aging process affects many individuals as they grow older, often necessitating interventions to treat hearing loss.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions and treatments can impact hearing health. Ototoxic medications, used in chemotherapy or for other health issues, can harm the auditory system and cause sensorineural hearing loss. Damage to the auditory nerve, which carries sound signals from the inner ear to the brain, can also result in sensorineural hearing loss. Ear infections, if left untreated, can also lead to conductive hearing loss. Additionally, Meniere’s disease, which affects the inner ear’s balance and hearing mechanisms, is another factor contributing to hearing loss.
  • Genetics: Genetic predisposition can play a role in hearing loss. Some individuals inherit genes that make them more susceptible to hearing impairment over time. Understanding family medical history can provide insights into potential hearing loss risks and strategies for hearing improvement.
  • Head Injuries: Severe head trauma, such as from accidents or sports injuries, can damage the auditory system and lead to hearing loss. Prompt medical attention following head injuries is crucial in assessing and managing potential auditory damage, which can help in the early stages to treat hearing loss.
  • Noise Exposure: Exposure to loud sounds, especially over extended periods, is a significant contributor to hearing loss. Continuous exposure to loud environments, such as workplaces with heavy machinery or music venues, can damage the delicate hair cells in the inner ear. Using ear protection in such environments can reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss. In cases of sudden hearing loss due to noise exposure, immediate medical evaluation is essential to determine the best course of treatment and potential for hearing improvement.

Natural Hearing Loss Remedies

In addition to medical treatments, incorporating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals can support overall ear health and potentially mitigate the common causes of hearing loss. Many people explore ways to improve hearing loss naturally through diet, exercise, and other home remedies. Foods high in antioxidants like vitamin C (found in citrus fruits and berries) and vitamin E (found in nuts and seeds) can help protect tiny hair cells in the inner ear from damage caused by oxidative stress.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and mackerel, may also contribute to maintaining healthy hearing by promoting good blood flow to the ear and leveraging their anti-inflammatory properties. Treating hearing loss naturally can involve a combination of herbal remedies, dietary changes, and traditional practices.

For individuals with sensorineural or conductive hearing loss, hearing aids are effective devices that amplify sounds, making it easier to communicate and engage in daily activities. These devices are tailored to individual hearing needs and can significantly improve quality of life for those experiencing hearing loss.

Blockage Removal

Warm Compress: For 10-15 minutes, apply a warm compress to the afflicted ear to remove earwax. Nothing should be inserted directly into your ear canal.

Over-the-counter Ear Drops: To soften and remove earwax, use drops prescribed by your doctor.

Irrigation: For obstinate wax accumulation, see a healthcare practitioner about safe ear irrigation treatments.

Hearing Exercise

Daily Hearing Exercises can be beneficial in maintaining and improving auditory health. Here are a few examples:

Sound Discrimination

Listen to audio recordings of various noises and try to identify them.

Speech Clarity

Read aloud from a book, paying close attention to pronunciation and enunciation.

Auditory Memory Games

Play games that require you to memorize sound sequences.



Eat fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants to protect your ears from cellular damage.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Consume fatty fish, nuts, and seeds for anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit hearing health.

Magnesium, zinc, and potassium-rich foods

These minerals help with nerve activity and may improve auditory health.

Train Your Brain

Participating in cognitively stimulating activities such as puzzles, memory games, and learning new skills helps improve auditory processing and general brain health.

For those using a hearing aid, brain training exercises can enhance hearing comprehension and overall auditory processing.

Regular Exercise

Regular activity increases blood flow to the ears, which promotes general auditory health. Choose activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling to improve hearing naturally.



Protecting your ears from loud noises is critical for preventing hearing loss. In noisy situations or when participating in loud activities, use earplugs.

Vitamins and Supplements

While research on particular supplements for hearing loss is ongoing, several appear to hold promise in terms of possible benefits. Before taking any supplements, always visit your doctor, especially if you have pre-existing medical issues or are taking other drugs.

While some supplements may support hearing health, they are unlikely to reverse permanent hearing loss, particularly sensorineural hearing loss. However, supplements that improve blood circulation can benefit the auditory system by ensuring that blood vessels in the inner ear receive adequate blood flow, potentially helping to mitigate existing hearing loss.

Ginger Tea

Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory qualities that may aid in the reduction of inflammation in the auditory system. 

Ginger is used liberally in many Eastern recipes. Ginger has medicinal characteristics that have been utilized for ages.

Ginger not only helps with infections, but it also has anti-inflammatory qualities. These aid in the treatment of nervous system inflammation. Because the neurological system sends sound from your ears to your brain, lowering inflammation will most likely improve your hearing. Additionally, ginger can improve blood circulation, ensuring that blood vessels in the ears are functioning optimally.

Regularly drinking ginger tea might help with general ear health, potentially keeping your hearing sharp.


Potassium helps to regulate fluid levels in the inner ear, which is essential for maintaining adequate hearing function. Bananas, oranges, and spinach are high in potassium. Consuming these foods can help improve blood circulation in the auditory system, supporting healthy blood vessels and potentially benefiting those with existing hearing loss.


Folate, often known as vitamin B9, is necessary for overall health, including the functioning of the auditory system. Lentils, beans, and leafy greens are excellent sources. Ensuring adequate folate intake can support natural treatments for maintaining ear health and potentially mitigating hearing problems.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is an herbal supplement that may improve blood flow to the ears, potentially aiding persons suffering from age-related hearing loss. Ginkgo biloba extract is popular among natural healers.

According to proponents of this therapy, consuming 60 to 240 mg of ginkgo biloba per day can aid with tinnitus and other noises linked with hearing loss. Incorporating this supplement into a regimen of natural treatments can enhance its effectiveness.

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berries have been used for ages to treat high blood pressure and stomach problems. However, because it promotes blood flow and circulation, hawthorn berry may also help prevent hearing loss. This can be particularly beneficial for the outer ear by ensuring that it receives adequate blood supply.



Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may help with general ear health. Turmeric has been used for centuries for good reason since it provides several therapeutic and health benefits. 

Turmeric is a good pain and inflammation reliever that is also high in potassium. If you want to have healthy ears, you must consume adequate potassium. Potassium levels normally decline as we age, which might be problematic because potassium is essential for cell contact in the inner ear.


Spearmint includes antioxidants that may help protect against oxidative stress, hence benefiting auditory health. 

Spearmint includes folic acid, and studies demonstrate that low folic acid levels are linked to age-related hearing loss. Spearmint contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in addition to folic acid.


Researching alternative home remedies for hearing loss necessitates a broad approach that includes lifestyle modifications, dietary concerns, and the use of specific herbs and supplements. Individual reactions to these cures may vary, so checking with a healthcare practitioner is recommended, especially if you have pre-existing health concerns.

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