While there is no way to fully restore hearing, there are many different kinds of treatments for hearing loss. Hearing aids, surgery, and cochlear implants can all recover a large portion of hearing. However, some people might prefer to go a more natural route and turn to nutrition for hearing loss help. Audicus presents five herbs for hearing loss that can promote ear health and possibly stave off hearing loss.

Herbs for Hearing Loss: Gingko Biloba

The gingko tree is native to Asia and produces large fan-shaped leaves that have been eaten for many centuries. According to WebMD, gingko can promote better blood circulation, which is important for your entire body, ears included. Proper blood circulation to your ears keeps everything functioning and keeps your ears at a safe temperature. Ginkgo is also thought to benefit people who suffer from cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Herbs for Hearing Loss: Spearmint

Folic acid is proven to be extremely important to ear health. According to a 2010 study that was comprised of 126 people aged 60 or older, age-related hearing loss is linked with low levels of folic acid. Dried spearmint is a fun way to up your folic acid intake—you can use it in desserts or make it into a nice hot tea. Folic acid can also be found in leafy greens, avocados, beets, and beans.


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Herbs for Hearing Loss: Garlic

Garlic is proven to hold certain antibacterial properties. While most ear infections that lead to hearing loss are viral-based, garlic can fight infections caused by bacteria. To make the most of garlic’s hearing health benefits, purchase garlic oil from a health food store. You can put the garlic oil directly in the infected ear. If this doesn’t sound ideal, you can also eat raw garlic and get the benefits that way!

Herbs for Hearing Loss: Dill

Zinc is an important nutrient for hearing health. Zinc strengthens the immune system, which can protect against ear infections, and also promotes healthy cell growth in your ears and throughout your body. We get zinc through food, but you can also up your zinc intake by eating more dill. Include dill, which contains 0.1mg of zinc per tbsp, into recipes with zinc-rich foods such as spinach.

Herbs for Hearing Loss: Turmeric

Turmeric is related to ginger and has been used for centuries as a cure for viral infections such as the flu. The health benefits of turmeric have been widely studied, and turmeric might also help fight depression, high cholesterol, PMS, and more. In addition, turmeric is high in potassium, which is vital for healthy ears. Potassium levels drop as we age, which might contribute to age-related hearing loss. Stock up on turmeric to keep your potassium levels high.

Written and updated in 2020 by: Elena McPhillips

References: WebMD, EurekaAlert, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Livestrong.com.

15 responses to “Five Herbs for Hearing Loss

  1. How can I use Astragulus Root as a drink and where can I buy it?

  2. I have frequency hearing loss. Any cure for that. My eye side getting weak too. I am 62.

  3. How do u use turmeric for the ears I have hearing loss due to nerve damage

  4. I have a heritary hearing loss I understand its called nerve damage is there any Herb that can help that or is it permanent with no help?

  5. My 3 year old has been diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss. This is due to untreated adenoids, after their removal is when the doctor detected the hearing loss. Currently training on hearing aids. What remedy can you advise.

  6. I would suggest looking at Astragulus Root A research paper in China shows there are good benefits

  7. I’m the boy of 20 year old and having suffer from hearing loss since i was born to this day. my problem is that i can hear person voice but can not hear what he/she said, especially when the dark cover the world i will not hear you untill the is light in your face before i can understand you. plz what should i do to solve it?

  8. Hi my young boy aged one and half year old suffered from menigitis and get hearing loss so what can I do to him please reply as soon as possible.

    1. We recommend taking him to see a specialist locally.


      The Audicus Team

  9. Hello,
    My 7 month baby have severe to profound hearing loss, can her treatment possible from Aurvedic. Pls give ur reply as soon as possible.

    1. Hi,

      We do not sell hearing aids for those younger than 18 at this time and profound hearing loss may require a specialized device. We recommend going through an ENT.

      All the best,

      The Audicus Team

  10. Hi,
    I’m a young adult brain tumor Survivor, I suffer from hearing loss in both ears, profound in my left and severe in my right due to years of intense chemo treatments. Can Garlic or Gingko Biloba help repair and restore the damaged nerves in my ears so that I can have clarity again? Or what herbs do you recommend that is best to help heal my ears? Thanks

  11. I have a perforated ear drum and its been ringing alot. I live in the Gambia and there is no ENT specialist here. and also have mild hearing loss . pls what should I do.

  12. Iam a man aged 62 years and suffering from hearing loss. The disease is affecting some other family members as well.For my case my left ear is completely blocked and I’m gradually facing deafness on right ear. I have been to the ENT and improvement. What can I do so that I can improve my hearing.

  13. Do Garlic oil fully restore hearing and what is the time duration

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