Hearing Loss Cures of the Past

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Hearing Loss Cures of the Past
Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.
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Unusual Hearing Loss Strategies

Hearing loss has been around for as long as we can remember. Unfortunately, technology was not as good back then as it is today. Doctors have tried several tactics and remedies to try and cure that problem, but many of them have failed. One of the most common cures today is a hearing aid, but they didn’t have them back then.

Way back in the 19th century, doctors would use unusual tools to try and cure hearing loss. Their goal was to stimulate the nerve in the ears. They would use a large tool to try and vibrate the ear, but it didn’t work.

Another remedy they tried was quite disturbing. They used to try blistering as a way to cure hearing loss. They would do so by giving patients blisters throughout the caustic plaster. They thought that pus was evidence of toxins leaving the body.

In the early 1800’s they tried to create artificial eardrums. They made tiny devices that were supposed to help sound come through their ears, but it was ineffective as well, and the process was very painful.

Unfortunately, the weird tricks and remedies didn’t cure hearing loss back in the day, but as technology has continues to expand, they are finding more and more crazy ways to help cure hearing loss.

Weird Hearing Loss Remedies

David Quigley claims that his hearing loss was cured from hypnosis. The person who claimed to have healed his ears put his/her fingers through David’s ears and within weeks he could hear again. It wasn’t proven to have worked, and it is definitely not the best way to cure hearing loss!

Another remedy discovered is the Hearing Loss Pill. This pill is supposed to cure your hearing loss within 60 days of using it. If it doesn’t cure it, you get your money back guaranteed. You are supposed to take the pills as directed or the product might not work. It doesn’t sound too promising, but some have tried it.

Personal Sound Amplification Devices is another thing people are using to cure hearing loss. The device looks a lot like a hearing aid, what’s inside the device is very different. Hearing aids help you hear very clearly, while these devices amplify noise and do not put out high quality sounds. For many, this device is a quick fix, but the quality doesn’t compare to a hearing aid.

One of the most bizarre cures is cheese. Studies believe that the D-methionine that comes in cheese is a way to reverse hearing loss. It was tested on 500 soldiers. But the downfall is that you have to eat at least five pounds of cheese for it to even work.

Even more unusual hearing loss strategies

While there are dozens of weird tricks and remedies to cure hearing loss. Here are some of the even more unusual ones. While they used to believe these would work, the best way to fix hearing loss is by seeing a specialist. Here is a list of wacky past cures for hearing loss.

  1. Put a stick in your ear and leave it in until your hearing is cured.
  2. Catheterize the ear and wash it with gas or water and you can hear.
  3. Heat your urine using two pans, use the water from the one pan in the ear.
  4. Mix hog lard and peach kernels and fry them together. Drop them in the ear.
  5. Climb onto something very high and fall back down.
  6. Opium drugs help cure hearing loss.
  7. Cut the body and let a little blood drain to cure deafness.
  8. Get hypnotized, and when you come out, you’ll hear again.
  9. Snuff. Various brands of snuff can help you hear again.
  10. Drugs and herbs.
  11. Oils.
  12. Cell salts along with minerals.
  13. Soap and water can cure deafness. 

Treating Hearing Loss with Hearing aids

While these tricks and techniques obviously do not work, they are fun to look back at and get a good laugh. It’s also interesting to look back and see how far technology has come. People with hearing loss used to feel hopeless, but now we have hearing aids that enable people with hearing loss to access sound once again.