Hearing loss is a common problem facing millions of people around the world. Nearly 48 million Americans suffering from hearing deficiencies and the causes can be as simple as aging or as complex as Meniere’s disease. Today, curing hearing loss can be as easy as wearing hearing aids. In the past, curing hearing loss was a creative outlet, to put it mildly.
The ways people tried to cure hearing loss before modern medicine was ridiculous in most cases. Even Beethoven, the world-famous composer, had to put up with some bizarre rituals in his attempts to restore his hearing. He tried using almond oil earplugs and even isolated himself under orders from his doctors. The isolation was to allow his ears to rest. Yes… allow his ears “to rest”. That was a medical prescription from an actual doctor.
The weird, steampunk-ish phase science went through when it was creating all sorts of strange, medical contraptions is too vast to get into. Needless to say, none of the contraptions intended to restore a person’s hearing worked, and they just made people look weird. Then, medicine came up with the blistering trials.
There’s no proof that any real scientific research went into the blistering method, but plenty of doctors and healers blistered their clients’ skins for many reasons. One reason was to improve hearing. According to their “logic”, the blistering allowed pus to exit the body, and the pus was proof of toxins being extracted from the body. The disgusting, cruel method yielded no positive results and made the world a little nastier and tortured people.
One idea was well ahead of its time. Artificial eardrums (sounds amazing) used to be inserted into people’s ears (no longer sounds amazing) in hopes of resonating sound through the auditory canal. In the future, artificial eardrums may be as mundane as artificial hearts or artificial lungs. IN the late 1800s, artificial eardrums were painful to insert and conducive to whatever fallout may be caused by the object’s material. Some were made from metal, which meant they could rust. Imagine an ear full of rusting metal… sounds curative.
The craziness didn’t stop in the 19th century. Even today, healers all over the world claim they can do what their predecessors couldn’t. Some try hypnosis, which makes no sense but it’s what they want to spend their money on. One cured man claimed that his healer simpler put her fingers in his ears and he was cured a few weeks later. It’s unclear why the treatment took so long to work, but he claims it worked. There’s also no evidence proving any of his story.
Of course, with modern medicine being what it is, there are countless businesses selling Hearing Loss Pills and Personal Sound Amplification Devices (PSAPS). The pill companies offer a 60-day money-back guarantee, but they only offer that because their customers won’t send the product back. It’s easier to put the pills in a cabinet and forget about them than to send them back.
As for the devices, they look genuine, like real hearing aids, but they’re incredibly different. One way they’re different is that they’re simple and not designed by someone who knows what they’re doing. Real hearing aids are developed by auditory experts. PSAPS are developed by people trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, people fall for these schemes every day.
The weirdest modern cure is cheese. Yes, cheese! Cheese can supposedly help restore hearing, as proven by a study conducted on over 500 U.S. soldiers. The study proved that cheese has D-methionine in it and that helps restore hearing. The problem is that to eat enough cheese to make a difference in hearing, a person would need to eat around five pounds of cheese.
While cheese-lovers would love a reason to swallow cheese by the pound, it’s best if people just visit a hearing healthcare provider to address their hearing issues. In most cases, people will simply be prescribed hearing aids. Hearing loss can also be contributed to things like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.