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Hi all,


I know you have all been on the edge of your seats waiting for this report. (Ok, ok. Maybe it was just me on the edge of my seat, but I’ll share the results anyways).

The goal of the surgery is to “close the air-bone gap”, which means trying to get the “air numbers” to match up as close as possible to the “bone numbers”. Mine are a lot better than they were, but there is still room for improvement. The doc said that the hearing would continue to improve the next 3 months.

Normal hearing is anywhere between 0 and 20 decibels.


“Bone” = the best that can be expected by each frequency for ME. Most of my hearing loss is from Otosclerosis but I do also have some loss due to nerve damage and that portion of loss cannot be restored.

“Air Old” = my numbers before surgery.

“Air New” = my numbers today which is 7 weeks post-op.


..............dB..............dB..................dB
Hz.......air (old)......air (new) .........bone (goal)
250........75...............35...................5
500........85...............60..................30
1000......65...............25..................25
2000......75...............40..................40
4000......50...............20..................20

My Speech Recognition Threshold used to be 65dB. Now it's 25dB.

As you can see my 1000-4000 which are the higher frequencies (females, kids, etc) are as good as they will ever be, the "air new" and "bone" match. The 250-500 are the low sounds (male voices, etc) and hopefully it will improve.

**He removed the packing from my ear about 10 minutes before the hearing test.

It hurt like **** . He pulled and poked and pulled and he couldn’t get the stuff out. It felt like he was trying to pull a one inch rock through my ear canal or something equally as painful. He ended up putting some liquid COLACE (stool softener) in my ear to soften up the packing so he could pull it out. :D It’s ok, you can laugh – I have been. I know its funny but it was very effective.

Needless to say the headphones hurt my ear during the hearing test because of that. So, I don’t know if these numbers are really accurate because I was hurting and distracted by it. It’s now 5 hours after he took packing out and my ear canal STILL hurts. Remember my packing was in for seven weeks and it obviously thought it was going to stay.

Doc said I could get water in the ear now and then started to list other things I could resume doing. I stopped him and said, “Instead of telling me all the things it’s ok to do now, just give me the do not do list because hopefully it’s shorter.” He laughed and said that there was nothing I could not do, no restrictions at all.:) :)

Surgery for the right ear is scheduled for April 17th. Yippee, I get to start this all over again..:dizzy:

More later,

-Carol-





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