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I have been sharing posts with some of you regarding my recent experience of surgery. It is easier to explain it in one post rather than several.

I had stapedectomy surgery in my left ear in August 2008 and it went exceptionally well. The hearing in that ear is better than what was expected.

I had my right ear done in early November 2008 and knew right away that something was not right. I had the surgery on Thursday. By noon on Friday I had severe virtigo and could not eat or drink anything and could not keep down any medication. I could not move without physically getting sick. Sunday morning my husband took me to the emergency room where they hooked me to an IV to get fluids in me because I was becoming dehydrated and had not eaten since Thursday and I needed something to calm my nerves and stomache. I do not know if my ear was hurting during this time because of the virtigo and the subsequent other problems. The ER gave me drugs for my stomache, motion sickness and to help me sleep while the vertigo subsided on top of the meds from surgery.

Monday my husband carried me to the bathroom and bathed me as much as possible because I wanted my local ENT (not my surgeon - he is 3 hours away) to see me. He could not offer much other than to try and sleep it off. For the next 5 days I slept more than 20 hours a day. I would wake to take meds and eat crackers and go back to sleep. I could not even look around because I was literally seeing double and could not walk on my own anyway. I have never experienced anything like what I was going through.

By day 8 I was able to walk myself to the bathroom with the help of the furniture. I could bathe but it took forever because I could not move my head without getting sick. By the end of week one I made it off the couch and into the spare bedroom downstairs. By the end of week two, early into week three, I was finally able to walk upstairs to my own bedroom.

I was eating again into week two. Was still dizzy and I noticed that I could not hear anything from my ear. Not the crackling, popping, etc noises that are common after a stapedectomy.

I tried to go back to work on week 3 and they sent me home because I could not walk without staggering and needing the wall for support. In hindsight it was stupid for me to try and go back because driving was extremely difficult because I could not move my head without becoming disoriented.

I saw my local ENT during week 3 and 4 and the physical exam went ok. He saw no signs of problems but I had an ear infection. He put me on meds for the ear infection as well as more meds for my dizziness. Week 4 he gave me a hearing test and it resulted in what I had already been telling everyone - I DONT HEAR OUT OF THAT EAR.

I go back to my surgeon and he put me on steriods to try and help with the diziness and it was also an attempt to "preserve any hearing that may be left" in the ear. He did not do a hearing test because I had just been through one and the results showed that it was not a conductive loss anymore but a nerve loss which is permanent. The chances of a patient having permanent loss after surgery is 1% and I happened to be the 1%. They cannot explain it but he said that I probably had an inner ear infection before the surgery and opening the inner ear canal during the surgery furthered the infection and it goes from there.....

I have been back to my surgeon just recently and I am on steriods one last time. I still cannot move my head quickly (normal movement that we all take for granted) and will literally just lose my balance for no reason though thankfully that is not all that common. The hearing is gone. I started with about a 50% repairable loss before the surgery to a 98% irrepairable loss after. The only other option for me is to have a cochlear implant which I have absolutely no plans of doing unless my left ear goes bad. My left ear is doing all of the hearing for both and all I can do is hope that it continues to be this great forever. I will not have another stapedectomy because I run the risk of permanent loss in both ears. If someone is on my right, I literally do not hear them at all. Restaurants, bars, parties, etc are very difficult because my left ear just cannot keep up and process sound very well in noisy situations. I am very nervous the next time that I have a conference to go to. It is one thing to be with friends who understand and it is another to be in a situation where people don't know of your hearing loss and they look at you like you are either stupid or not paying attention when you do not respond. You can't walk around with a sign around your neck telling people that you are deaf in one ear and explain why you are staring at their mouth and reading lips. I really thought that those days were going to be over but for me they are not. I am back to reading lips in loud situations. Ugh!

I am blessed that I have my left ear, I am not forgetting that. There are people with worse problems, I know. But it is difficult knowing that you only have one good ear. If something goes wrong with the good one......It is always in the back of your mind.

If anyone has any specific questions, I will try and help. Good luck to everyone! This message board is such a great resource for all of us! Take care!
Hi bunny01. How are you feeling? How is your ear? Have you regained your hearing yet? I hope that you did not hurt anything by blowing your nose. Hard habit to break!

After my first stapedectomy I was great actually. I heard the day after the surgery then the next day my ear was very muffled and I was hearing cracking and popping in my ear which was very normal. Week 2 I was noticing a change, nothing I can speak of really but just different. I went to the doctor for my follow up and he cleaned the ear and it popped and I could hear!! I heard my own footsteps as I was walking to my car. I heard the left speaker. I heard birds. I heard how loud my car really is! ha! ha! It was great!! From there I still heard like a crackling noise "inside" my head and I learned that it was the packing that was disolving and that I would hear that for a couple of months. I was never dizzy or had any pain after the surgery. I was a little "off" but no virtigo or vomiting. That was it. There was nothing to it. My doctor said that I was to the extreme of good on the first and that my recovery was rare (how good it went) and that I was to the extreme of bad on the second. Very weird how opposite they were from each other. Two completely different experiences.
[QUOTE=Beachliving;4180634]I have been sharing posts with some of you regarding my recent experience of surgery. It is easier to explain it in one post rather than several.

I had stapedectomy surgery in my left ear in August 2008 and it went exceptionally well. The hearing in that ear is better than what was expected.

I had my right ear done in early November 2008 and knew right away that something was not right. I had the surgery on Thursday. By noon on Friday I had severe virtigo and could not eat or drink anything and could not keep down any medication. I could not move without physically getting sick. Sunday morning my husband took me to the emergency room where they hooked me to an IV to get fluids in me because I was becoming dehydrated and had not eaten since Thursday and I needed something to calm my nerves and stomache. I do not know if my ear was hurting during this time because of the virtigo and the subsequent other problems. The ER gave me drugs for my stomache, motion sickness and to help me sleep while the vertigo subsided on top of the meds from surgery.

Monday my husband carried me to the bathroom and bathed me as much as possible because I wanted my local ENT (not my surgeon - he is 3 hours away) to see me. He could not offer much other than to try and sleep it off. For the next 5 days I slept more than 20 hours a day. I would wake to take meds and eat crackers and go back to sleep. I could not even look around because I was literally seeing double and could not walk on my own anyway. I have never experienced anything like what I was going through.

By day 8 I was able to walk myself to the bathroom with the help of the furniture. I could bathe but it took forever because I could not move my head without getting sick. By the end of week one I made it off the couch and into the spare bedroom downstairs. By the end of week two, early into week three, I was finally able to walk upstairs to my own bedroom.

I was eating again into week two. Was still dizzy and I noticed that I could not hear anything from my ear. Not the crackling, popping, etc noises that are common after a stapedectomy.

I tried to go back to work on week 3 and they sent me home because I could not walk without staggering and needing the wall for support. In hindsight it was stupid for me to try and go back because driving was extremely difficult because I could not move my head without becoming disoriented.

I saw my local ENT during week 3 and 4 and the physical exam went ok. He saw no signs of problems but I had an ear infection. He put me on meds for the ear infection as well as more meds for my dizziness. Week 4 he gave me a hearing test and it resulted in what I had already been telling everyone - I DONT HEAR OUT OF THAT EAR.

I go back to my surgeon and he put me on steriods to try and help with the diziness and it was also an attempt to "preserve any hearing that may be left" in the ear. He did not do a hearing test because I had just been through one and the results showed that it was not a conductive loss anymore but a nerve loss which is permanent. The chances of a patient having permanent loss after surgery is 1% and I happened to be the 1%. They cannot explain it but he said that I probably had an inner ear infection before the surgery and opening the inner ear canal during the surgery furthered the infection and it goes from there.....

I have been back to my surgeon just recently and I am on steriods one last time. I still cannot move my head quickly (normal movement that we all take for granted) and will literally just lose my balance for no reason though thankfully that is not all that common. The hearing is gone. I started with about a 50% repairable loss before the surgery to a 98% irrepairable loss after. The only other option for me is to have a cochlear implant which I have absolutely no plans of doing unless my left ear goes bad. My left ear is doing all of the hearing for both and all I can do is hope that it continues to be this great forever. I will not have another stapedectomy because I run the risk of permanent loss in both ears. If someone is on my right, I literally do not hear them at all. Restaurants, bars, parties, etc are very difficult because my left ear just cannot keep up and process sound very well in noisy situations. I am very nervous the next time that I have a conference to go to. It is one thing to be with friends who understand and it is another to be in a situation where people don't know of your hearing loss and they look at you like you are either stupid or not paying attention when you do not respond. You can't walk around with a sign around your neck telling people that you are deaf in one ear and explain why you are staring at their mouth and reading lips. I really thought that those days were going to be over but for me they are not. I am back to reading lips in loud situations. Ugh!

I am blessed that I have my left ear, I am not forgetting that. There are people with worse problems, I know. But it is difficult knowing that you only have one good ear. If something goes wrong with the good one......It is always in the back of your mind.

If anyone has any specific questions, I will try and help. Good luck to everyone! This message board is such a great resource for all of us! Take care![/QUOTE]
I had a stapedectomy surgery in my right year in February 1982 at age of 25 in Kuwait government hospital and lost hearing to the right year completely, now what I am hearing is only with the help of left ear. I am now 52 years old, is with one another operation, is it possible to get my hearing back



[QUOTE=Beachliving;4180634]I have been sharing posts with some of you regarding my recent experience of surgery. It is easier to explain it in one post rather than several.

I had stapedectomy surgery in my left ear in August 2008 and it went exceptionally well. The hearing in that ear is better than what was expected.

I had my right ear done in early November 2008 and knew right away that something was not right. I had the surgery on Thursday. By noon on Friday I had severe virtigo and could not eat or drink anything and could not keep down any medication. I could not move without physically getting sick. Sunday morning my husband took me to the emergency room where they hooked me to an IV to get fluids in me because I was becoming dehydrated and had not eaten since Thursday and I needed something to calm my nerves and stomache. I do not know if my ear was hurting during this time because of the virtigo and the subsequent other problems. The ER gave me drugs for my stomache, motion sickness and to help me sleep while the vertigo subsided on top of the meds from surgery.

Monday my husband carried me to the bathroom and bathed me as much as possible because I wanted my local ENT (not my surgeon - he is 3 hours away) to see me. He could not offer much other than to try and sleep it off. For the next 5 days I slept more than 20 hours a day. I would wake to take meds and eat crackers and go back to sleep. I could not even look around because I was literally seeing double and could not walk on my own anyway. I have never experienced anything like what I was going through.

By day 8 I was able to walk myself to the bathroom with the help of the furniture. I could bathe but it took forever because I could not move my head without getting sick. By the end of week one I made it off the couch and into the spare bedroom downstairs. By the end of week two, early into week three, I was finally able to walk upstairs to my own bedroom.

I was eating again into week two. Was still dizzy and I noticed that I could not hear anything from my ear. Not the crackling, popping, etc noises that are common after a stapedectomy.

I tried to go back to work on week 3 and they sent me home because I could not walk without staggering and needing the wall for support. In hindsight it was stupid for me to try and go back because driving was extremely difficult because I could not move my head without becoming disoriented.

I saw my local ENT during week 3 and 4 and the physical exam went ok. He saw no signs of problems but I had an ear infection. He put me on meds for the ear infection as well as more meds for my dizziness. Week 4 he gave me a hearing test and it resulted in what I had already been telling everyone - I DONT HEAR OUT OF THAT EAR.

I go back to my surgeon and he put me on steriods to try and help with the diziness and it was also an attempt to "preserve any hearing that may be left" in the ear. He did not do a hearing test because I had just been through one and the results showed that it was not a conductive loss anymore but a nerve loss which is permanent. The chances of a patient having permanent loss after surgery is 1% and I happened to be the 1%. They cannot explain it but he said that I probably had an inner ear infection before the surgery and opening the inner ear canal during the surgery furthered the infection and it goes from there.....

I have been back to my surgeon just recently and I am on steriods one last time. I still cannot move my head quickly (normal movement that we all take for granted) and will literally just lose my balance for no reason though thankfully that is not all that common. The hearing is gone. I started with about a 50% repairable loss before the surgery to a 98% irrepairable loss after. The only other option for me is to have a cochlear implant which I have absolutely no plans of doing unless my left ear goes bad. My left ear is doing all of the hearing for both and all I can do is hope that it continues to be this great forever. I will not have another stapedectomy because I run the risk of permanent loss in both ears. If someone is on my right, I literally do not hear them at all. Restaurants, bars, parties, etc are very difficult because my left ear just cannot keep up and process sound very well in noisy situations. I am very nervous the next time that I have a conference to go to. It is one thing to be with friends who understand and it is another to be in a situation where people don't know of your hearing loss and they look at you like you are either stupid or not paying attention when you do not respond. You can't walk around with a sign around your neck telling people that you are deaf in one ear and explain why you are staring at their mouth and reading lips. I really thought that those days were going to be over but for me they are not. I am back to reading lips in loud situations. Ugh!

I am blessed that I have my left ear, I am not forgetting that. There are people with worse problems, I know. But it is difficult knowing that you only have one good ear. If something goes wrong with the good one......It is always in the back of your mind.

If anyone has any specific questions, I will try and help. Good luck to everyone! This message board is such a great resource for all of us! Take care![/QUOTE]





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