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Hi everyone, hope you can answer my questions.

I'm scheduled to have surgery Feb 10th 2011 (a Thursday morning). I am a college student who will need to be back in class on Monday morning, so I have the weekend to rest at home.
Will this be enough time?
Also, do you think I will be able to drive the 2.5 hours from my home to college Sunday afternoon?

I will have to go back to the doctor the following Friday to get the packing taken out. I was wondering if this packing is visible from the outside? I hadn't planned on telling anyone about the surgery but don't want them to ask questions upon seeing the packing.

Also, I'm getting really nervous after reading the posts on this website. I have minor hearing loss right now in my left ear. My main reason for the surgery is to reduce a pressure sensation which has troubled me since February 2010 (so almost a year!). I've seen three separate doctors who all suggested the surgery. I would hate to go into the surgery and come out suffering one of the major side-effects- complete hearing loss, ringing, facial paralysis, etc but I really just cant see myself continuing on any longer with the weird pressure, crackling and static sounds in my ear (when around loud noises), and the sensation of fluid build up when I sleep on my left side.
[QUOTE=StudentRyan;4672508]Hi everyone, hope you can answer my questions.

I'm scheduled to have surgery Feb 10th 2011 (a Thursday morning). I am a college student who will need to be back in class on Monday morning, so I have the weekend to rest at home.
Will this be enough time?
Also, do you think I will be able to drive the 2.5 hours from my home to college Sunday afternoon?

I will have to go back to the doctor the following Friday to get the packing taken out. I was wondering if this packing is visible from the outside? I hadn't planned on telling anyone about the surgery but don't want them to ask questions upon seeing the packing.

Also, I'm getting really nervous after reading the posts on this website. I have minor hearing loss right now in my left ear. My main reason for the surgery is to reduce a pressure sensation which has troubled me since February 2010 (so almost a year!). I've seen three separate doctors who all suggested the surgery. I would hate to go into the surgery and come out suffering one of the major side-effects- complete hearing loss, ringing, facial paralysis, etc but I really just cant see myself continuing on any longer with the weird pressure, crackling and static sounds in my ear (when around loud noises), and the sensation of fluid build up when I sleep on my left side.[/QUOTE]
How did it go? I had the op 6 days ago and am waiting to have the packing out in 6 days' time. Still got tinnitus at this point but no worse than before - just really annoying not to be able to plug in my hearing aid as that seemed to help block the whooshing. On the positive side, I'm not dizzy (though still as scatterbrained as ever).
I haven't been dizzy or sick to my stomach at all. I've been having a lot of pressure in my ear (I hope its from the packing and dried blood??). I can't hear anything out of the ear either (also, hoping its from the packing). And I can hear the pulsation of my heart beating from time to time. I go back to the doctor on Friday hopefully he will clean out my ear and all will be well. Are you experiencing the same symptoms in regard to the packing?
Not a lot of crackling except if I forget and drink beer/coke - cos of the 'bubbles'. My whooshing seems to get louder as the day goes on but maybe that because I get tired or the kids turn up the TV. I read somewhere on here that the tinnitus is more to do with the space between the various bones and stuff in the ear (can't remember the technical words). Going to a party last Saturday didn't seem to cause any change in the tinnitus though I did keep my hand over the packing in my ear - especially when the guy next to me started thumping the table and singing (I live in Denmark and they're still Vikings at heart. I'm a Brit). Left soon after that. My ear doesn't get unplugged until Monday. Oh and don't worry about people noticing the bandage - it's a good way of getting some sympathy :o). All the best, Helen
The pressure has gone down thankfully. I was able to go back to classes today but there was a lot of noise in the classroom and I could hear/feel my heart beat/pulsation the entire time which drove me crazy.
I can hear very loud noises faintly in my ear and myself talking (like an echo) but that is it. I am getting worried that the operation did not improve my hearing but made it worse.
Has anyone had this experience where hearing improved later on? I still have the packing in until Friday morning. It's been 6 days since the surgery.
I think lots of things improve with time. Have you ever worn hearing aids? The first time I put one in the noise was totally overwhelming. It drove me mad. It took me about 3 months for my brain to adjust and then I forgot if I had it in. I wouldn't mind wearing one again as it helped with the tinnitus. I think I've read on here that everyone's experience with the surgery we've had is different as the gel they put in to hold things in place dissolves and as any residual blood goes away. One woman said her tinnitus improved after 6 months, I believe. I had otosclerosis before the op so if you took a tuning fork and held it to my skull, I heard all the noise behind my bad ear. Just after the operation, that tuning fork test was done and I heard the noise in the middle of my forehead - which they said was good. One guy on here tried scratching the bandage on his ear to see if he could hear it. Whatever the case, don't worry. Only two days to go... Just don't blow your nose like I did today - OUCH!
Today I was able to hear limited noises in my operated ear- muffled loud noises, and high pitched noises (like tv show clapping, tv theme music) but it sounds like a high-pitched whistle. The pressure is still present but decreases sometimes before coming back.
I see my doctor tomorrow morning. Hopefully when he pulls out the "packing" the pressure will be gone and my hearing will improve. I'm still really concerned that my hearing has actually decreased.
That's really GOOD news. My ear did the same, standing in a queue with my little son, all of a sudden I could 'hear' where he was standing - in stereo. I was so excited I started gigging up and down, which rather surprised the Danes in the queue. Like a moment from The Full Monty :o). It's been popping in and out ever since, though mostly still muffled. Really odd but GREAT as that side of my head has been 'flat' for years. GOOD LUCK at the doctor's! All the best Helen
Went to the doctor yesterday. He took the "packing" out. The pressure hasn't really gone but he said that it was normal. He said it could take up to a month for my hearing to come back due to swelling, etc.
He did a quick test with a tuning fork at low frequency. I could hear it (barely) but he said that I COULD hear it.
Well I'm glad you could hear it. My hearing was totally muffled until it suddenly came back, so I'm keepng my fingers crossed for you. I got my 'packing' wet today trying to wash my hair. But it's coming out tomorrow so I'm hoping it doesn't matter too much. There must be so miuch wax in there by now that the whole ear must be pretty waterproof anyway. It was really odd sitting at a party being able to hear what EVERYONE was saying without reading lips. Could actually sit with my eyes closed listening - which must have looked a little odd. It's still popping in and out, though. Hope your swelling goes down SOON!!! All the best, Helen
Its been about 2.5 weeks since the surgery.
I've progressed pasted the "bionic ear" stage (which was actually kind of fun). Everyone sounded like they were about 5" tall.
My hearing has significantly improved post-surgery but has yet to be at the level it was before the surgery which is disappointing to say the least.
I started hearing a high-pitched ringing sound in my ear 4 days ago. I assume its been constant but it so soft that when I'm not thinking about it I don't hear it (like when a little kid scraps his knee and it doesn't hurt until he sees the blood.)
I'm getting a steroid medication today from the pharmacy that my ENT called in for the ringing.
I also started having a wet-sensation in my ear last night that is hard to explain. I will keep this updated as time progresses.

How are you feeling Helenfrances?
Hi Ryan

Helen here (or hear :). I'm glad your hearing is improving. You sound happier. Mine was non-existent before the operation. That ear was totally deaf, pretty much. So what was wrong with your ear, then. Did you have some sort of build up pressing on your cochlea? (sorry to be so personal). It wasn't the same as me, obviously. My head felt totally flat, no sense of space. Now I've got hearing, but still no sense :). I can hear where things are, which is really odd :)))). I can find my mobile phone when it rings - doesn't help with car keys, though. I've still got whooshings and whistles but you just have to tune them out if possible. Tom Jones helps - not the mushy tracks. There - I just heard the chicken burning. Better go salvage what I can... do stay in touch. We've been through a lot together ;) - and my other ear will get the same treatment in some years when it's finally bad enough, so I'll need you around for that. All the best Helen
PS Shame about the chicken because my taste has come back :)
[QUOTE=StudentRyan;4696213]Its been about 2.5 weeks since the surgery.
I've progressed pasted the "bionic ear" stage (which was actually kind of fun). Everyone sounded like they were about 5" tall.
My hearing has significantly improved post-surgery but has yet to be at the level it was before the surgery which is disappointing to say the least.
I started hearing a high-pitched ringing sound in my ear 4 days ago. I assume its been constant but it so soft that when I'm not thinking about it I don't hear it (like when a little kid scraps his knee and it doesn't hurt until he sees the blood.)
I'm getting a steroid medication today from the pharmacy that my ENT called in for the ringing.
I also started having a wet-sensation in my ear last night that is hard to explain. I will keep this updated as time progresses.

How are you feeling Helenfrances?[/QUOTE]
Hi
Hope you're hearing's improving.
Did your ENT tell you the reason for the steriod medication? I'm guessing it's for swelling, I was re-admitted to hospital & had intravenous steroids in an attempt to reduce my swelling post-stapedectomy. I think steroids generally do help reduce the swelling but one of the side affects I had from them was an increase in the tinnitis (high pitched noises in my ear).
To Helen:
I had strange ear pressure, popping noises when around a lot of different sounds (think a classroom with 50 people talking amongst themselves), a static sound when I was around loud noises (dance club, bar), and if I slept on my left side the ear felt like it filled with fluid when I woke up. This lasted for nearly a year before I had surgery.
They tested my hearing and the lower range was 30-35 decibels below normal. They also ran two other tests that concluded it was conductive hearing loss. So hence the stapedectomy (although the symptoms I mentioned above were more important to me- I hardly noticed the hearing loss).
To Australia Girl:
We have opposite stories it seems. I was prescribed steroid tablets (Prednisone) because I had ringing in my operated ear. The ringing started very suddenly exactly 2 weeks (and a few hours if we're exact) after my surgery. I was just sitting on the couch watching some Television so I'm not sure what brought it on.
Luckily it wasn't too loud/annoying. It is one of those things you don't notice until you think about it and then it drives you crazy. Like a little kid scraping his knee and not crying until he sees blood.
It started 6 days ago. I wasn't able to get a prescription until yesterday because of the weekend. So today is my first day taking it. Hopefully it helps, but hasn't yet. And hopefully it will reduce whatever swelling is still there so my hearing continues to improve. I will be very disappointed if my hearing does not improve any further (Tomorrow is the 3 week mark).
student ryan..was wondering if your hearing has improved any...how many weeks are you post surgery....I am 17 days
BillCindy1: In 3 days it will be 1 month since my surgery.

My hearing has returned somewhat. I'm not convinced though that it is at the level it was pre-surgery (which wasn't all that bad- see my previous posts). Unfortunately I feel that there is a weird pressure once again that has returned within the past few days. Sometimes my hearing sounds like I am holding my nose and sending pressure to my ear (especially in loud places like in a classroom), and sometimes I feel fine (like when I am in my apartment alone)- it's strange. It feels like I need to pop my ear, but I am still avoiding that. Also, every time I swallow there is a very different reaction in my left ear than my right ear (something that I also had prior to the surgery).

This morning, I finished taking the Prednisone I was prescribed for the ringing in my ear. The ringing has reduced but still comes and goes. I may call the doctor back again this week if it still persists.

How are you handling the post-surgery?
Well...I am trying to stay as patient as I can as I know this is something that takes time..yup...not doing so well with that at all. I can honestly say I can hear but not the way before I loss my hearing in Dec. This is the second surgery for me...first was 17 years ago. My presthesis came unattached and my dr. went in and replaced with another. recovery is so different then first. back on feet and to work in one week..first surgery 1 month to recover back to normal. I too feel like I just need to pop my ear. But I won't. I am doing better with certain tones then others. some voices are so easy to hear others forget it. The only way I can describe it is voices do not sound clear and I am hearing them clogged I guess. But I know it has only been 18 days now and things need to heal. I am going to talk with my dr. about my left ear as this also has the same and needs a stapedectomy-has been like this years but I manged with my bionic ear as my hubby used to call it. I can hear things that I couldn t before the surgery like my hubby say good night,,shower running... my van on....really alot of things and i think each day it gets alittle bit better..but other things are so hard...I can hear it but so low..if you have a soft voice I just can t make it out..When my packing was taken out I did not get that sonic hearing..I could hear my dr. but not amplified. I said something and he said can you hear me. I said yes..and I am talking normal to you that is great. and then said see you in a month to see what improvements you have be patient. I do have my worried moments about this but then read the posts here and say ok..not alone.. I am happy for what hearing I have right now and hoping it only gets better.... but wish I could get rid of that clogged feeling..I have been dealing with A clogged nose..can t blow it so I am trying to keep it running...LOL..Do you notice you are more alert with your hearing in the early morning when you wake up? I hope things get better for you..thanks for responding back to me...it is nice to have something to share with
I'm glad your recovery this time is going faster than the first one you had!

Just try to take it easy. I notice now that the ringing will start if I bend over to pick something up to fast or if its to heavy. I still haven't been back to the gym.

The clogged feeling must be normal, especially for 18 days after. I still have this feeling. I really hope it isn't permanent but if hearing hasn't improved to almost normal I think the clogged feeling is here to stay.

To what you said about hearing being best in the morning when you first wake up- mine is opposite of this. My hearing (and pressure feeling) get better throughout the day. When I first wake up, my head feels uneven due to the pressure in my left ear and hearing is noticeably reduced. (This is really annoying because all my classes are in the morning- I try not to talk to anyone because I fear I won't be able to hear them.)

I also notice that I can hear some people's voices better than others. Usually I can hear higher pitched voices best, where with lower pitched I am asking "what?".
I meant to update this on the March 10th (the one-month mark) but was unable to until today.

I had been feeling a weird pressure in my ear and diminished hearing. On the 10th however, I drove from my college to my home. It's about a 2.5 hour trip through a mountainous region of the Eastern US. My ear popped! The entire time I was home I had no pressure and could hear almost perfectly!

However, as soon I went to visit my relatives about 15 minutes from house, my ears un-popped. It stayed like that until I went back to my house where it again popped.

On my trip back to college today, my ear semi-popped. So it is feeling better than it was last week, but not as good as it was when I was at home.

I guess my ear has trouble adjusting to elevation changes. This will be interesting when I fly to California next week!
GREAT!!!!! My ear kept popping. I think it's when the gel that holds the implant in place moves about. My doctor said that it gets absorbed by the body but can take some time. My hearing came back after I accidentally blew my nose and then kept popping on and off. I had a hearing test last Wednesday. My 'new' ear isn't quite as good as my right ear but the doctor said I should come back in 3 months because it usually keeps on improving as the gel goes away :o). It's so nice to know yo're on the mend :) Big friendly hug Helen
My three week mark was this past Friday...I too have to say that things seem to have changed for me from then to today. I called my dr. Thurs. evening because I had the worse congestion in my nose and just didn t feel myself. He prescribed an anti-biotic and also said start on nasal decongestion. Still dealing with the worse head cold but getting better.....Well...seems like my hearing also has improved. I also had that ear pop yesterday with one of my many sneezes..and I was able to sit on the couch and actually hear the tv last night...talk about feeling so much better. My doctor also said the same thing about the packing inside the ear when I went to him to get the packing out. I guess he really packed it for added support he said so I guess all the shampoo popping in my ear is how I describe it must be that...I now feel so much better just knowing that something has changed. I think I was expecting that sonic hearing right after the packing came out and was so disappointed. Student Ryan I am sooo happy that things have started to change for you . I too felt like my ears just could not pop and clear out but I now know they will in time being I felt it already twice so far....WOW!!! Feels good to know I am on my way
Student Ryan...please let us know how you make out with your hearing test. I am assuming you must be going really soon as I will be going in a week and a half.
BillCindy1, I will be going April 1st. I was supposed to go today (One month since my previous appt) but my college spring break and travel plans pushed it back. I will update when I get back from traveling.
I will be going one week from Tomorrow, March 28th I believe. I am alittle bit nervous to say the least. I guess I am expecting to much to soon.. was wondering about that pressure you were talking about..I think I am there with you. Feels like my ear is going to blow off my head sometimes...and popping would be a great feeling..but I have not felt that.. . Was wondering if anyone knows if there is more hearing tests to come after the 5 week mark which is what I will be doing next Monday. Just can t seem to remember 17 years ago what took place...How has your hearing been since your trip home...I know you said your ear popped and then reclogged but popped again slightly. Seems like the back noises are tough for me...and voices on tv can be hard to makeout.. Also...how long does it take the inner foam packing to dissolve..I read sometimes months....I will update when I get my hearing test in a week
BillCindy1: My hearing is close to normal. But even small elevation changes (such as walking down a hill to campus) will cause the pressure in my ear to build up all at once when I swallow and that makes my hearing much worse. Then it slowly adjusts to the elevation but this takes a while.
I drove to Washington DC and back yesterday through mountainous regions. When climbing elevation my pressure would build greatly on its own or would come all at once as I swallowed. Then, when descending elevation the pressure would completely go away and my hearing seemed normal.
I feel good that my hearing is normal (when I'm at the right elevation), but now I have a pressure adjustment issue. I will definitely bring this up (as it is really my only complaint) at my appointment on April 1st.
I fly to California tomorrow afternoon- so I'm hoping my ear behaves and doesn't ruin my trip!

I think my doctor said there is a 6 month follow-up appointment. By this time all recovery will have taken place. Let us know how your appointment goes BillCindy1!
[QUOTE=StudentRyan;4711096]BillCindy1: My hearing is close to normal. But even small elevation changes (such as walking down a hill to campus) will cause the pressure in my ear to build up all at once when I swallow and that makes my hearing much worse. Then it slowly adjusts to the elevation but this takes a while.
I drove to Washington DC and back yesterday through mountainous regions. When climbing elevation my pressure would build greatly on its own or would come all at once as I swallowed. Then, when descending elevation the pressure would completely go away and my hearing seemed normal.
I feel good that my hearing is normal (when I'm at the right elevation), but now I have a pressure adjustment issue. I will definitely bring this up (as it is really my only complaint) at my appointment on April 1st.
I fly to California tomorrow afternoon- so I'm hoping my ear behaves and doesn't ruin my trip!

I think my doctor said there is a 6 month follow-up appointment. By this time all recovery will have taken place. Let us know how your appointment goes BillCindy1![/QUOTE]

Hi student ryan,

Who is your doctor in california?
Right now i am located at california looking for good surgeon in stapedectomy.

Thanks
askrkrao: I live on the East Coast, only going to CA for vacation.
Hi Student Ryan..
Went for my test yesterday and was disappointed to say the least. My hearing has only improved slightly I was told. but it has improved so I keep saying that. It is not great..but better then what I started with which was not to much.

My doctor was surprised to say the least that my scores were not high..He said the entire surgery went well..everything sealed up perfectly..but my anatamy (sr on spell) plays a part too. We all have an artery that runs thru that area of ear that dissolves in us by age of 12..except 1 in 80K do not..yup I am one of those. So it makes the operation very difficult to say the least and he would not mess with that artery by cutting it but would send me to boson but I am not willing to do that right now..it is there for a reason.He also said something about my incus but for the life of me I can t remember.

So he said a tube in my ear may be what is needed for the pressure in there but for now he is having me use a nasal spray before bed each night to see if it might help as I have been dealing with sinus issues also -darn colds.

I have to say that my ear def. does feel clogged and uncomfortable and worse at times. So I have to give this another month and see where I am at. He also said more hearing might return when I asked.. fingers crossed for even just alittle more.... so in one month I will return and see where we go from there...It has only been five weeks so I need to be just alittle more patient... I go in three weeks for my hearing aid appoint.in my bad ear (other)

If I could do it all again....I would....I can now hear things that I could not..maybe not the best hearing out there..but more then I had. So for that....I am grateful....Still being able to hear my hubby say softly I love you before I go to sleep is all worth it. I could only feel his breath on my face.
BillCindy1: I'm very glad to hear you feel the surgery was well worth it and would do it all over again! I'm sorry though that the results were not as fully realized yet. Hopefully after a few more weeks your hearing will improve or maybe something moved around? My doctor said that after 6 months, hearing should be at the level it will remain.

If the nasal spray doesn't improve your clogged feeling, I would definitely get a tube. I've never had it done, but what I've read it seems a very simple procedure that actually needs to be repeated (if it turns out to be worthwhile) because the ear heals up by itself. So I really see it as nothing to lose.

I am back from my flight to California. As I thought, ascending caused very strange sensation in my operated ear. It felt like it was going to pop but never would, then slowly come back to almost normal (and then we would ascend again lol). Of course, as with being in my car, descending feels much better. It's odd though, that my other ear does not seem to have any reaction to changing elevation- the adjustment must be very... graceful (best word I could come up with).

I also semi-popped my ears after coming back home. I held my nose and blew just enough to cause a reaction in the operated ear. This actually seemed to help the discomfort after it re-adjusted.

It seems my only complaints/concerns now are that when I swallow my operated ear has a much stronger reaction/louder sound than my right ear, when I lay down the pressure seems to build, and when I change elevation the pressure adjustment is uncomfortable. My hearing, gratefully, seems almost equal to my right ear (but only when I am able to equalize the pressure in my left ear).

I see my doctor in 3 days (this will be almost 2 months since the operation) for my first post-op hearing test. Depending on if my ear is equalized at his office I may have improved hearing and I may not. I will keep this updated.

I apologize for the long post this time!
Oh studentryan...THANK YOU FOR THE LONG reply. I really need to talk with someone about this. and your posts really help me feel better.
Was wondering if you could help me with the tube in ear. I want to find out about it and what to expect..I just did a search on here and found someone with them...not a good thing to read...scared me to death closed the box and said forgot it -then thought wait they put them in children. so your response has been most helpful...how do i research

I want to semi-pop my ears too..but I am scared to. I did do it last week and scared myself. things did get lil clearer and pressure was wonderful. then it closed up again..My dr. said I can blow my nose but not to a point where I force pop my ears so i guess I still need to be careful...I do not want to lose what I have

You hit it on the head with your pressure issue. while I was having the test thepressure feelingwas so bad I was having difficulties even focusing on the sounds..hmmm wonder if my hearing might be better after the pressure is gone and my ears can pop... Can def. say when I have the pressure my hearing doesn t seem as good... Can i ask you..do you ever get the slight dizziness feeling with the pressure..

Thank you so much for your reply...I so needed that today...
I'm glad my posts are helping you! Please only try popping your ears when you are ready! As I said I just semi-popped mine 1 day ago (more than 1.5 months since the surgery). Part of the waiting was fear that it would mess something up (I just went back to the gym yesterday too! I'm overly cautious, but it IS my hearing) and part of it was thinking "what if this doesn't work, then I will feel like I have no options that might make me feel better". Let me know when/if and what happens if you decide to pop your ears.

As I said, I've never had a tube in my ear but it seems like they just make a small incision in your ear drum and then place a small tube to keep it open for a while. The ear drum begins to heal and the tube just falls out. It's meant to clear the fluid from your middle ear which causes the pressure feeling. It seems like a very small procedure compared to Stapedectomies!

I almost thought of asking my doctor to perform this procedure before agreeing to stapedectomy as the symptoms were very similar to what I was experiencing. But 3 different ear specialists (two of which are associated with the two universities in my state) all said it was Otosclerosis and the stapedectomy would work.
Hi Askrkrao,

I had a stapedectomy 19 days ago with Dr. Marc Kayem. He is great and very experienced with the surgery. Let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help. :-)

Nico
student ryan....

how did you make out with your hearing test today????

Hope you received great news....
BillCindy1:

Sorry for the delayed reply.

I have great news from my doctor. My hearing before the surgery was at 50 decibels in the lower range. As of last week (1 month after surgery), it was at 25 decibels which is within the normal range of hearing although at the very low end. So my hearing has improved.

I asked about the pressure feeling/adjustment when changing elevation. He said it was most likely from the healing process in my middle ear. Apparently, they aren't sure how exactly the middle ear heals itself but it takes awhile.

The doctor told me to come back in 6-7 months for my last hearing test.
So, overall much needed positive news.

How has your recovery been coming?
Glad to hear from you studentryan....

Still the same no improvement in my hearing. I am going in next week for a cat scan and then the next day to my doctor. Last week on Tues or Wed. I started hearing static sound in my ear...drove me batty to say the least. over the weekend it really started to wear on me so I figured I might want to ask. I still have the popping..clicking...crunching sound..pressure not to bad but I have this feeling daily like something is in there weird. So we talked on the phone and he said he wanted an xray to see what is going on in there and he will not put a tube unless it is needed ....so that made me feel better. I feel like my hearing has gotten worse but it could be because of the static. Last Friday my ear popped and the static got louder...scared me to say the least..all I kept thinking was not louder....Mostly I hear like I have a blockage in my canal.... I still can hear my finger rub on a cotton ball or even just putting my finger in there to rub it is louder then my left ear thats for sure. One thing that has improved is my dizziness...It seems like it is getting better.... : )

Someone actually messaged me and said they had the same as I am experiecing and it was fluid and the healing process.... and she was about where I am in recovery and felt she was destended to be deaf then things started happening for her.......so I am keeping my fingers crossed that this catscan will give us some reasons...

It seems like I am accepting my results better then I was a week ago....I was a mess to say the least...I hate to say this..but I never even thought it might not work or not give me the results I am looking for... but my hearing is still better then before surgery.I still need my hearing aid BUT i can hear my alarm clock and if you talk loud that too...so I have improved alittle...I am looking at this as some need glasses to help our vision..I need a hearing aid to help me with this...

I do feel like my doctor is not giving up..Once i have the catscan next week I think I will have some idea what will come next....
Glad to hear you are feeling better about the surgery. I agree that you may have fluid in your ear from the recovery process. I had similar feelings that eventually dissipated. Let us know the results from your CAT Scan.
Student ryan..

Wondering how your hearing was now . I believe you were alittle ahead of me on my first surgery in Feb. I am now 18 days post op from my revision stapedectomy on June 3rd
[QUOTE=billcindy1;4783309]Student ryan..

Wondering how your hearing was now . I believe you were alittle ahead of me on my first surgery in Feb. I am now 18 days post op from my revision stapedectomy on June 3rd[/QUOTE]

I believe my hearing is almost fine. I am past all the post-op difficulties now. However, as I've complained both before and after the surgery, my operated ear does not adjust to changing pressure/elevation. This is very annoying because I live in a mountainous region of the US, where just going to the store causes problems. When my ear is equalized, it feels fine, when it isn't, it is very annoying. Also, when I wake up in the morning my ear is all messed up. Maybe it's an inner ear thing??

How are you doing? What was your revision for?
I had a revision to the surgery done in Feb. My presthesis was not positioned correctly... He said scar tissue/ artery pushed it out of position. He needed to remove some of the footplate..and really build up the piston with lots of tissue. This revision was something I was not sure that I would go thru.. being how my first surgery effected me... I was so down after it and didn t want to go there again.. Took me abit to accept that it did not work as it should have. But after almost 4 months I went back in with the attitude of trying one more time before giving up-I had complete confidence in my dr. And I would accept what hearing I had in the end..plus I still had my hearing aid and would be fine. I honestly never even thought it would not work the first time. I ended up with about 50% hearing after 1st surgery and had to wear a hearing aid to function..and I adjusted w/time and it was fine. my doctor felt confident that going back in would help me out. I had dizziness after 1st surgery and also a static sound in that ear...annoying as heck. My doctor was not happy with my dizziness and said the piston was causing it out of position.

June 3rd we tried again and things were different from my first..thats for sure. I couldn t walk for about 4 days...had no balance so I needed someone to help me to the bathroom but it was ok..I also had such an amplified sound in my head if I did anything..scratching..talking..brushing my teeth.. it was painful. My doctor called me several times and said all of this was due to him having to open this area up more to fix it But things started to change 4 days later. Dizziness was not so bad and my balance was just about back..I was walking slow but feeling better. Wed. am while in bed...I was woken up with a sound ..some sort of whining I never heard that before as my hearing aid is not in when I go to bed.. LOL my dog crying to get up on my bed.. I still had my packing in and it freaked me out. I actually thought I heard my hubby snoring during that night but thought my imagination..no way My hearing clogged up two days later...then got alittle better two days after that. Packing out on Monday and high fived by doctor because I could hear him. The only problem I had with this surgery was a swimmers ear infection in my other ear that wears the hearing aid.caused by the hearing aid scratching inside..and my goodness did it hurt..worse then after the surgery...

I am now on day 19 of post op...things are going well..but I take one day at a time. I know how recovery can be so I am taking it slow...I have been dealing with the congestion in my ear alittle...like under water when I talk I guess but not effecting my heairng much at all... sudafed seems to help. I have allergies and they are acting up now. I think everyone is having allergy problems right now AWFUL!. My hearing is good...not sure what I have back...time will tell..and also my hearing test in 5 weeks.. .But I also know that the next 5 weeks of healing are so important and anything can happen... I find that in the mornings my ear congestion can be more ..due to sleeping all night...But I also know that the inner packing is dissolving.. I find myself forgetting that it hasn t even been three weeks

Your problem sure does sound like it is inner ear.. How is your balance? does it effect that also. How is your other ear?? Is that effected with otosclersis (sp?) I will have my other ear done next year.

So good to hear from you!!!!!
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I am now on day 19 of post op...things are going well..but I take one day at a time. I know how recovery can be so I am taking it slow...I have been dealing with the congestion in my ear alittle...like under water when I talk I guess but not effecting my heairng much at all... sudafed seems to help. I have allergies and they are acting up now. I think everyone is having allergy problems right now AWFUL!. My hearing is good...not sure what I have back...time will tell..and also my hearing test in 5 weeks.. .But I also know that the next 5 weeks of healing are so important and anything can happen... I find that in the mornings my ear congestion can be more ..due to sleeping all night...But I also know that the inner packing is dissolving.. I find myself forgetting that it hasn t even been three weeks

Your problem sure does sound like it is inner ear.. How is your balance? does it effect that also. How is your other ear?? Is that effected with otosclersis (sp?) I will have my other ear done next year.

So good to hear from you!!!!![/QUOTE]


Glad your hearing has improved!! I'm glad I didn't go through what you did- i would have been very disheartened for sure! Please let us know about your next hearing check. (Mine won't be until October- I need to find a new Doctor because I'm moving to Cali before then).

My balance is fine, I have no trouble driving. My other ear is perfectly natural, its just like my left ear doesn't adjust well. There aren't any current problems in my right ear thankfully!





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