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I don't have a specific question for you - yet, but wanted to tell you how sorry I am that you've experienced the difficulties that you have. I've tried to read through as many posts as I can, and I am hard pressed to read one which shared such a terrible experience following such a positive one with the first stapedectomy. One would think that having experienced success with the first procedure with what sounds like no complications at all, you would have sailed right through. I wonder if anything was done differently or if the anatomy in your right ear is different? There are too many variables to consider, as I'm sure you know. At any rate, you sound like a very brave person and I wish you the best. How are you feeling now?

I had my procedure on the 2d of Feb. I think I was feeling a little cocky because I had NONE of the symptoms others described. A bit of vertigo on the 2d and 3d day, but that was it. I had no nausea, no vomitting, no pain. Here's the thing though. As silly as it sounds, I woke up post op day one still a bit groggy and blew my nose. As soon as I heard the pop I freaked out. I think I'm ok. Apparently, if you hum and it sounds relatively equal on both sides, it's alright. Yesterday I got in an argument with my daughter (teenager, go figure) and found myself yelling at the top of my lungs. After that, my ear started to hurt a bit. Not, much, but I can tell it's there. Here's the weird part, and I don't know if this is just a post op day 5 thing or what, but I can "hear" my foot steps in my surgery ear...I've read where people feel like they're in an echo chamber or a cave, or can hear their heartbeats, but footsteps??? Am I losing my mind (or my new stapes????)?

I do hope you're feeling better and I hope that something can be done to restore your hearing. I had such an ah-ha moment when you said what you did about people looking at you like you're stupid because they don't know you can't hear...It makes me sad. I feel like I'm missing so much. Still, your experience has made me appreciate my results (hoping I'm still intact) that much more.

Would you mind sharing what you experienced with your first procedure? I just don't know what to expect. Maybe I just need reassurance that I didn't mess it up. BTW, I did tell my doc, and she put me on steriods "just in case". I don't go back until Friday.

Hope you're well.
hi guys. thanks for sharing all your experiences and i sympathize with all of you as i am going thru the same ordeal. i had my stapedectomy done on my right ear on 12/13/10. the procedure went well as i could still hear on the operated ear and i was doing fine the until the 4th post op day when the vertigo set in and my hearing seemed to get progressively worse. the next few days were pretty bad as i felt nauseous and dizzy and vomitting. i had lost complete hearing on 6th post op day. i knew something was wrong when i spoke and could only hear my voice on the left side. also the cracking and popping sounds when i yawned were only heard on the left side as well. i called the doctor for some antibiotics in case there was an infection. he didn;t think it was necessary but called it in anyways. i went to see the doctor the following week and everything seemed normal according to the tuning fork test though i did not take the isolation hearing test. about 3 weeks passed since the operation and there was no improvement so i called the office and left a message. the office nurse said that it was normal. i went back on the 14th of this month and had hearing test done and it turns out that i had sustained nerve damage as a result of inflammation. i am now taking steroids and the doc wants to open up the ear drum to see if there is anything that could be corrected. any hopes of regaining hearing would be a long shot though.
so i have some issues that i maybe someone may help me resolve. first, isn't it normal protocol to prescribe antibiotics to prevent any infection? and if there is an infection what would be the symptoms? the doctor thought the dizzyness that occurred on the 4th post op day was unusual since most people experience it the first or second post op day. i don't think the follow up during the recovery process for me was thorough. did anyone else feel the same about there follow up during the recovery? i would like to know your thoughts and any advice. i am praying everyday for a miracle to happen.
[QUOTE=prayforme;4662859]hi guys. thanks for sharing all your experiences and i sympathize with all of you as i am going thru the same ordeal. i had my stapedectomy done on my right ear on 12/13/10. the procedure went well as i could still hear on the operated ear and i was doing fine the until the 4th post op day when the vertigo set in and my hearing seemed to get progressively worse. the next few days were pretty bad as i felt nauseous and dizzy and vomitting. i had lost complete hearing on 6th post op day. i knew something was wrong when i spoke and could only hear my voice on the left side. also the cracking and popping sounds when i yawned were only heard on the left side as well. i called the doctor for some antibiotics in case there was an infection. he didn;t think it was necessary but called it in anyways. i went to see the doctor the following week and everything seemed normal according to the tuning fork test though i did not take the isolation hearing test. about 3 weeks passed since the operation and there was no improvement so i called the office and left a message. the office nurse said that it was normal. i went back on the 14th of this month and had hearing test done and it turns out that i had sustained nerve damage as a result of inflammation. i am now taking steroids and the doc wants to open up the ear drum to see if there is anything that could be corrected. any hopes of regaining hearing would be a long shot though.
so i have some issues that i maybe someone may help me resolve. first, isn't it normal protocol to prescribe antibiotics to prevent any infection? and if there is an infection what would be the symptoms? the doctor thought the dizzyness that occurred on the 4th post op day was unusual since most people experience it the first or second post op day. i don't think the follow up during the recovery process for me was thorough. did anyone else feel the same about there follow up during the recovery? i would like to know your thoughts and any advice. i am praying everyday for a miracle to happen.[/QUOTE]

Hi

My stapedectomy was done on the right ear 01 December 2010. Full details are available on my previous posts.

I was also initially advised surgery was successful. Since waking from surgery I have only heard my voice (when speaking) out of the left side, nothing at all out of operated side. I had a feeling things weren't right however I kept being advised everything progressing as expected.

I went for audiology testing on 06 January 2011, was advised total hearing loss in operated ear, including all sesnory hearing. I was re-admitted to hospital last week & treated with IV steroids for "perilymphatic fistula". I have intense pressure & fullness in ear (feels like it may explode), roaring/schreeching tinnitus & total hearing loss. My surgeon is one of Australias best & he has no idea what went wrong. At this stage I am on full bed rest for the next few weeks to hopefully allow seal to form between inner and middle ear. I've already been off work 7 weeks (with the surgery) & have no idea when I will be able to return. I'm now totally deaf in one ear & have 40% loss in the other, it makes it almost impossible to follow a conversation. I had semi-ok hearing prior to surgery, most people weren't even aware that I had a hearing impairment.

Did your surgeon say what caused your nerve damage to the inner ear??

Like you, I feel a little let down by my post-surgery follow-up. It was Christmas, surgeon was on holidays & it was difficult to get answers from his secretaries. My surgeon ended up returning one week early from holidays to see me but I have to wonder whether earlier intervention would have changed the outcome. I knew for weeks something wasn't right.

To answer your question re antibiotics, I commenced them on the day of surgery as a preventative measure, I'm pretty sure that's standard procedure. Infection following surgery may lead to total hearing loss.

It's certainly difficult to deal with losing your hearing and very upsetting if something could have been done that wasn't.

One of the hardest things for me to cope with is my voice coming out of only one ear, it's driving me insane! If it's still happening to you I'm sure you can relate.

Please keep us updated on your progress, we're all in this together.

Just remember, miracles do happen.
Aussie Girl
hi aussie girl. i'm sorry to hear about your experience with your stapedectomy. i realize you're situation is worse than mine as i can still hear out of my left ear. i hope you feel better and that you may regain some hearing back. did you get re-operated when you were treated for your perilymphatic fistula? hopefully that was the provlem and it will seal and things will get better from there. like you, my hearing was ok, the right ear was about 70% as good as the left. i had applied for a job position which required me to have a health screening exam that included a hearing test. i was not able to hear low frequencies out of my right ear. i went to see an audiologist and was told that i had otosclerosis. i did not want to wear a hearing aid for the job being only 33, so i opted for a stapedectomy because of the success rate.

i went to see the doctor last fri and when he placed the tuning fork on my forehead it wasn't as loud as the last time. he decided to have a hearing test done and turns out the nerves are shot. the doctor told me that the nerves in the inner ear were damaged from inflammation during the recovery process. i did everything i was supposed to and avoided all the things i wasn't. the only thing i can think of is an infection that may have caused the inflammation and delayed symptoms. i was not prescribed any antibiotics just vicodin and anti nausea pills. i went to see the doctor a week after the operation and told him about the hearing loss in the operated ear but he wasnt concerened. he did state that the delayed symptoms i was experiencing was unusual so there should have been some red flags raised but i guess he felt it was still too early. he had looked in my ear and the ear drum appeared to be healing properly and the tuning fork test showed that the prosthesis was still in place. i remember during the cosultation prior to the operation, the doc told me that all his patients had success with his work so i was confident that i would too and he didn't bother to have the isolated hearing test for me at the time. in retrospect the isolation hearing test may have detected the nerve damage right then and there. as with your situation, i guess the overconfidence of our doctors got the best of the situation. like you had said, infection may lead to total hearing loss and i'm thinking that the delayed symptoms i experienced were a result of an infection since i had lost all my hearing at that time.

so im taking steroids in hopes of restoring any nerves. i can only hope its not too late and that the doc will find something that's correctable in the re-op so that i may have some hearing back. i know it is annoying to hear from only one side not to mention the tinnitus on the other. everything is louder for me since all the sounds are filtered to one ear and at times it is hard to distinguish where some sounds are coming from. it's hard to communitcate in social settings with background noise. i like eating potato chips but its irritating hearing loud crunching noises on the left side. and music is only half as enjoyable as it once was literally and figuratively. this potential life altering ordeal has caused anxiety and im having trouble sleeping at night. i wake up in the middle of the night and i have trouble going back to sleep thinking about it. i don't even want to get out of bed knowing that this has happened. but like you said, miracles do happen and i will continue to pray for us!





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