January 17, 2011

Treating Hearing Loss Using Supplements, What a Quack

I am sure many of you have come across various unconventional treatments for hearing loss advertised on the internet. Hopefully, you would be wary of these advertisers' claims. It would be wise to do your research and to talk to your doctor before deciding to participate in these supposed treatments.

I recently came across an advertisement claiming that their supplements can treat hearing loss by improving how the nerves in the ears transfer sound. It also claims that these supplements can prevent "dangerous molecules" from coming into your ear after being exposed to loud sounds. They did not specify what these dangerous molecules can be.

Their ingredients are supposedly supported by clinical research. Their studies have shown that 95% of users have experienced positive results.

When looking at the ingredients, I noticed that many of them can be found in other supplements and drugs that are thought to improve memory and brain functioning. Some of the ingredients are antioxidants and vitamins such as magnesium, alpha-lipoic, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.

Their research claims that many people who took the supplement experienced positive results, which is very likely. If the supplements mainly contain ingredients that are supposed to improve brain functioning and memory, it makes sense why users will experience positive results with hearing or listening. When we are in a better mood and alert, it will appear that we hear better because we are able to concentrate well. If we are tired, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not feeling well, we will have a harder time hearing due to lack of focus and concentration.

If you want to improve your hearing or listening abilities, rather than take these supplements, you could do it by exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting plenty of sleep and rest. In addition, you could take vitamins or certain supplements that have the same ingredients found in this supplement. But, I would recommend to talk with your doctor first before taking any supplements, especially if your are taking other medications and supplements.

Please be wary of certain treatments that claim to prevent or improve hearing, especially those that claim to cure hearing loss or deafness. It is important to do the research and get the facts especially from primary sources.



  1. I'm one of those people who helps people preserve their hearing using a combination of powerful antioxidants through nutraceuticals. My combination produces the best results and I'm working with BNI company to put all these antioxidants into a single pill for easier consumption.

    These effectiveness of these antioxidents are already extensively backed up by plenty of science and testimonials.

    My products will be backed up by testimonials and science and they wont quack.

  2. hmm interesting.

    I do believe that some of the natural herbs, vitamins and even antioxidants do help in addition to eating healthy and when one attempt to eat healthy, one should look into organic products.

    I go to this "basics" store every once in a while to buy their products and I do feel great when I consume them. But, for hearing? That's new to me. ;o)


  3. One old eco-friendly 'cure' for hearing loss was cat urine lol, which you purred (Sorry POURED), in your hear, strange to say it DID dissolve wax, don't think I'd try it.... like candling, looks dodgy to me...

  4. I wouldn't trust a pill to give my hearing back. I would never believe the clsim, but I have come across people that think it will work when sadly, it's just like your everyday vitamin pills or whatever in that line you decide to take.

  5. Do you recall the specific advert and/or the specific product? If so you might want to let Ben Goldacre at http://www.badscience.net/ know about it. "Dangerous molecules" coming into your ear after being exposed to loud sounds is especially interesting, if you find complete scientific nonsense interesting (which the above named gentleman does).

  6. I would love to see DOCUMENTED evidence that a profoundly Deaf person's hearing was restored through "nutraceuticals"...

    Please don't try to claim that "hundreds" of people have had their hearing restored or other such nonsense! Just show me ONE profoundly Deaf person who can now hear...

  7. J. Wibble,

    I know the name of the product and it can be easily found online. I laughed at how they vaguely described how the supplement can protect our ears from 'dangerous molecules.' What a bunch of BS.

    I'll let Ben Goldacre know about this, he has an interesting website. Thanks for letting me know about him.

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