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I'm back from my post-operation appointment, eight days after surgery. The one stitch on the back of my earlobe is out. The surgeon says that is where he took a tiny piece of tissue to wrap around the prosthesis end. Today he removed the cotton and the "packing", then rinsed my eardrum with drops. A very odd sensation but not painful.

I told him that yesterday I heard something in that ear. It was a trumpet fanfare at the end of an NPR program, it must have hit just the right pitch. I could hear it echo/whisper, just the high frequencies, in my right ear. The shock/delight of it hit my whole body. I laughed out loud (and stomped too hard on the brake pedal, but recovered). Next red light, I switched stations and could hear other tiny singing voices in that ear.

The surgeon pulled out the tuning fork and pinged it for my good ear. Then he shifted it to the right ear. I braced for disappointment, but I could hear it! It was a great feeling. The ear still feels fullness or "not popped" but there is definitely some hearing going on.

He says my hearing will "settle in" over the next six to eight weeks, so there will be a hearing test then. Until then I find that the new hearing is a bit distracting. It's like the left ear (good ear) knows how to filter sound - like road noise in the car - but the (new) right ear does not. It sounds like static instead of road noise. I can also hear my pulse distinctly in my right ear but not my left.

The taste disruption has faded somewhat. The fleeting "stabbing" feeling in the operated ear is much less frequent (thank goodness). I can still feel the eardrum flex when I yawn or hiccup. I am careful and gentle when I blow my nose. I only needed the blanket/pillow in my car one day (6 days post-surgery, for a 20-minute nap with ear elevated). Another day I used the wood-shop earmuffs to shut out some office noise. I'm cleared for non-impact exercise like elliptical so I'm hoping to try that tonight.

Thanks for the support and advice! I can't imagine doing this without the internet to connect us all together.
[QUOTE=siliconvlygirl;4642093]I'm back from my post-operation appointment, eight days after surgery. The one stitch on the back of my earlobe is out. The surgeon says that is where he took a tiny piece of tissue to wrap around the prosthesis end. Today he removed the cotton and the "packing", then rinsed my eardrum with drops. A very odd sensation but not painful.

I told him that yesterday I heard something in that ear. It was a trumpet fanfare at the end of an NPR program, it must have hit just the right pitch. I could hear it echo/whisper, just the high frequencies, in my right ear. The shock/delight of it hit my whole body. I laughed out loud (and stomped too hard on the brake pedal, but recovered). Next red light, I switched stations and could hear other tiny singing voices in that ear.

The surgeon pulled out the tuning fork and pinged it for my good ear. Then he shifted it to the right ear. I braced for disappointment, but I could hear it! It was a great feeling. The ear still feels fullness or "not popped" but there is definitely some hearing going on.

He says my hearing will "settle in" over the next six to eight weeks, so there will be a hearing test then. Until then I find that the new hearing is a bit distracting. It's like the left ear (good ear) knows how to filter sound - like road noise in the car - but the (new) right ear does not. It sounds like static instead of road noise. I can also hear my pulse distinctly in my right ear but not my left.

The taste disruption has faded somewhat. The fleeting "stabbing" feeling in the operated ear is much less frequent (thank goodness). I can still feel the eardrum flex when I yawn or hiccup. I am careful and gentle when I blow my nose. I only needed the blanket/pillow in my car one day (6 days post-surgery, for a 20-minute nap with ear elevated). Another day I used the wood-shop earmuffs to shut out some office noise. I'm cleared for non-impact exercise like elliptical so I'm hoping to try that tonight.

Thanks for the support and advice! I can't imagine doing this without the internet to connect us all together.[/QUOTE]

Sounds like you are doing really well so far. I am glad. I will continue to follow your posts since I am considering the surgery sometime late next month or February. Thanks for posting.
Chrimar





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