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Hi everyone!
My name is Mike and am so thankful for finding this group.

I had a stapedotomy on June 20th on my right ear. It has now been 32 days post-op and I feel great and my hearing is getting better everyday.

I have been living with bi-lateral hearing loss due to Otosclerosis for 10 years now. Every single one of you out there can relate when I say that your quality of life suffers, along with relationships both personal and professional.
I have been embarrased, and literally scared to go to social gatherings just because I know I will not be able to keep up with a conversation.

If there is anyone out there that is contemplating having surgery to correct this condition - please consider it. The statistics are that 95% of the procedures are succesfull. The side effects can be bothersome but only for a while. Weigh the results of hearing again for a lifetime versus just a few days of side effects.

My right ear was the worst - Dr. classified it as "profoundly deaf". I do not have the dB numbers at my reach but i can assure you I more than once was nearly killed by stepping out in front of something approaching me on my right side because i could not hear it coming.

I did not have hearing immediately after surgery like some have posted. I too was wondering if i had gone to a quack and this was all for nothing. It took me 5 days before i heard anything, then sounds became louder and louder very quickly. 11 days post-op i went to Dr. to get checked out and the packing removed. Wow!! What a noisy world we live in! I am scheduled for a hearing test October 1. Doc said that the ear will be at its optimum hearing level by then.

If there is one that i have valued or learned from this group is PATIENCE! I am now just taking the gift thats been given to me and enjoying it getting better and better each day.

Thanks to each and every one of you for sharing your experiences. I will do the same and be glad to answer anyones questions.

I will keep you all posted on my recovery as well!

Mike
Waterone,

Hang in there - i too woke up one morning and i noticed a HUGE drop in my hearing. I too was a little scared. I told my wife i think something is wrong and wanted to call the Dr.
I got on this board and started reading back posts and found out that my hearing was going to change very very often. Some for good, some for bad. Its all in how your ear is healing. The packing both outside and inside the ear drum will affect your levels. The inner has to dissolve. Mine is still dissolving and im more than a month post-op. ALso your surgeon may have filled your middle ear with Anti-biotic ointment. That will reduce your hearing along the fluids and the swelling that occur naturally due to the trauma of surgery.

Hang in there - just take one day at a time. Its WAY to early to panic. It hard to be patient. I know for me it was like - ok ive gone through all of this dizziness, side effects, lets have some hearing already! Doctors are horrible at giving you any information on what to expect post-op. They get you in and out as fast as they can. I know its frustrating. Thats why this forum is so important. Read it and compile the information and then evaluate your situation and compare it to others experiences.

Take care and let us know how you are doing.

Mike
Thanks for all of your replys to my last post. It is nice to know that other people are going through the same thing.

Well, my packing came out today (2wks after stapedectomy). It was a little painfull, especially after the doc noticed there was another piece still inside and had to go back in. WOW, i feel like i am in a wind tunnel. I can't believe how loud everything is....including my car!

So far this has been the best experience and looking forward to getting the left ear done. The surgery went great, under a local, I was awake for some of the surgery feeling no pain. I had very mild side effects, no nausea or vertigo after the first day; some mild ear pain and the taste problem with my tongue, but only lasted one week. I am so thankful for my local ENT who diagnosed my otosclerosis (i cried like a baby) back in April and recommended an excellent specialist for the surgery.

Good luck to everyone, whether your thinking about getting a stapedectomy or in the recovery process ;)
Hey Harly

Great news ! Glad you are coming along well in your recovery. I have had so much fun trying my new hearing out. Went to a LOUD resturant today with about 12 in my group and finally after 10 years of suffering, I could participate in a conversation. It means alot to me to be "social" again.

The "clouded" sensation you referred to I can totally relate. For me it was frustrating that the hearing would come and go so easily. I could yawn once and it would popo open and swallow the next second and it was gone again.

The first week after surgery i thought the same way as you did about the depression associated with the side effects. (dizzy, nausea, couldnnt hear). I thought for sure i had picked a quack doc.

Keep up the good work and interested in how the audiological tests go for you.

Cheers

Mike
Hi Mike, I am so glad I found this site. I had my stapedectomy on July 11. At first the hearing was loud with sounds, the ceiling fan in the bedroom just hummed!! Never had heard it like that. Then, it stopped. The doctor put wax packing in and I attributed the loss to that. I am now 1 month post op and my hearing has not improved. My 1 month hearing exam showed no improvement but no loss of hearing. I am so sad..........
I was so sick for 2-3 days post-op but all that has gone away. I have had to put my hearing aids back in again, I wear them in both ears. It feels like my ear is stopped up. The doctor said to give it 1 more month and then if it doesn't open up on its own we will talk "options" . I had soooooo hoped and prayed this would work. My ear seems to pop and pulse, so maybe??? it is going to open up? Thanks for listening. Annette







[QUOTE=Mike505;3658197]Hi everyone!
My name is Mike and am so thankful for finding this group.

I had a stapedotomy on June 20th on my right ear. It has now been 32 days post-op and I feel great and my hearing is getting better everyday.

I have been living with bi-lateral hearing loss due to Otosclerosis for 10 years now. Every single one of you out there can relate when I say that your quality of life suffers, along with relationships both personal and professional.
I have been embarrased, and literally scared to go to social gatherings just because I know I will not be able to keep up with a conversation.

If there is anyone out there that is contemplating having surgery to correct this condition - please consider it. The statistics are that 95% of the procedures are succesfull. The side effects can be bothersome but only for a while. Weigh the results of hearing again for a lifetime versus just a few days of side effects.

My right ear was the worst - Dr. classified it as "profoundly deaf". I do not have the dB numbers at my reach but i can assure you I more than once was nearly killed by stepping out in front of something approaching me on my right side because i could not hear it coming.

I did not have hearing immediately after surgery like some have posted. I too was wondering if i had gone to a quack and this was all for nothing. It took me 5 days before i heard anything, then sounds became louder and louder very quickly. 11 days post-op i went to Dr. to get checked out and the packing removed. Wow!! What a noisy world we live in! I am scheduled for a hearing test October 1. Doc said that the ear will be at its optimum hearing level by then.

If there is one that i have valued or learned from this group is PATIENCE! I am now just taking the gift thats been given to me and enjoying it getting better and better each day.

Thanks to each and every one of you for sharing your experiences. I will do the same and be glad to answer anyones questions.

I will keep you all posted on my recovery as well!

Mike[/QUOTE]





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