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4 weeks - 4 days post op
Hello...
I had my stapedectomy surgey on February 18th so will be 5 weeks come this Friday. I know exactly how you are feeling..I have been there . but you came to the right place. You will read alot of posts from so many people and one thing I have learned is everyone is different.
I never as of yet have had the bionic hearing. My packing on the outer part was taken out 10days post op. and was told the same about the packing inside..will need to dissolve on its own. I will say when I had the packing in there I really could not hear much at all..I believe you said you still have both inner and outer packing in there... Let me ask you..if you rub on the cottonball that is in your operated ear can you hear anything..I will say I too felt that it did not work more then once. I have little hearing in my other ear but I do have my hearing aid to fall back on. I know you dont want to hear this..but as I was also told..be patient..I so know it is hard..I have had my ups and down..smiles then to tears the next day because I can t hear anything. When I went to my 10 day post op...my doctor took out the outer packing and I could hear him speaking but it was very soft. I was expecting the loudness that others have experienced. How was your hearing before this operation..I had just about nothing so what I am experiencing is more then I started with.
Each week does seem to get a tiny bit better...I think the three week mark I noticed small changes...As I was told...there is alot of blood..swelling..and of course the gel packing that needs to dissolve. I was also disappointed because i expected alot to happen quick.. As of today..I am still having difficulties with certain voices..tones..being way to soft to hear...but I am hoping that will get better as time goes on... It is hard but please try to relax and take it easy..don t do to much..
Cindy
I go for my hearing test this coming Monday and I am anxious to see what improvements I have so far..I have been told that there will be another hearing test down the road to compare this one too...
Hi Cindy,

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond! I am so glad to hear from someone who seems to be having the same experience as me. I feel like I have read all these posts and am not really experiencing what they are. So, I started to freak out.

I am one of the rare cases that only has the otoclerosis in my left ear. It will happen in the right ear eventually but I currently have text book hearing in that ear. I don't know the exact hearing loss in my left ear but it was bad. The chart was depressing! As far as I can remember, I have had the tinnitus, but, my hearing started to go maybe 7 years ago. I could not talk on the phone in that ear (couldn't hear anything, if it did, it was VERY distorted). The lower the decible the worse it my hearing is.

As for hearing, i don't have any cotton in my ear anymore. I have some ointment left with the gelfoam next to my eardrum, as well as on the other side of my eardrum. But, when i had the cotton, rubbing it produced no sound. Today after I posted, I tried so hard to hear something. (hahaha). I plugged my good ear and rubbed my operated ear... I could hear it! Barely, but I could hear it. I don't know if that is a good sign, but I am hoping it is!

Also, the doctor put me on drops to help dissolve/heal the ear when I went for my first week post-op appointment. I do that for a week, then I go back April 4th.

Good luck at your hearing test, I am crossing my fingers for you :-)

Your kind words, really did make me feel better!
Hi!

So I went and had my hearing test today. I would like to note, I am 15 days post op and my spirits have been restored :-)

The hearing test went well. I didn't score to high in my conductive hearing loss but my sensorineural hearing improved! Which showed them that it was successfull but I still need to heal. There is also a lot of "stuff" still in my outer ear as well as it is very swollen still. I guess I just heal ALOT slower than most. The test made my ear drum vibrate, I must say, that was intense! Hahhaha. I think i was pushing the healing process too because I was to anxious. But it is good to know that if you can't hear anything, there is still a chance.

They also told me to settle down! Stress and anxiety slow down the healing process. And of course, I learned that the firm I work for is closing. Great. But I will work all that out, I just need to be calm while doing it! Hahaha.

I can't wait for your hearing test on Monday, Cindy. I hope is goes awesome! I get what your talking about with the bordem. It is rough when you can't do anything for yourself and you have to just sit there! Drove me to come back to work, probably to early. So, i will be taking it very slow the next couple weeks.

Thank you soooo much for your support :-)

Nicole

PS. You have an amazing son for him to help you out like that! :-) My boyfriend took care of me and if this didn't bring us close, it won't happen! Hahha. He was surely amazing.
Hi!

I swear I can never remember questions at the doc's either. No matter the lists! I have even called the doctor after I left to ask more questions. Hhahha.

My ear will not pop either! Its driving me crazy. I feel like I could hear better if it did. But i don't really have any congestion... I am taking vitamins like crazy (I already did before the surgery) but I just want to make sure I don't get sick. But I get you with the kids, I used to work with them as well. There is no staying away from colds and germs.

My hearing from the surgery was ok but declining everyday. I could not talk on the phone, loud places (no way) just turned into a mumbo-jumbo of voices that sounded like robots. We do a lot of conference calls at work and no go. I couldn't focus on one voice to understand what they were saying. The other is still great, but I am 27 and he said it will go as well. But I don't see that happening soon (i hope!)

I haven't had the suction yet. I had the cotton balls out 7 days post op. But he was happy with how much ointment/gelfoam was in the ear. And gave me drops to help clear it out. I stopped those last friday. When I go on monday he is going to clean out whatever is left. Which should help I am sure. Today I heard the q-tip (don't worry I didn't stick it in. I just cleaned the outter part). I had to plug my right ear to hear it but atleast there was some sound!

Of course I will keep updating! You better too. I look forward to our posts. Keeps me sane! ;)

Nicole
Weird...I could not see any other posts from you since we spoke last. Wonder where it went... LOL

I am hanging in there....it is really hard I will be honest with you. I have my ups and downs. I am using the nasal spray and the pressure is not as often as it was but still there. I still hear popping noises crunching in my ear..so weird. sometimes when I yawn and close my jaw tight I hear a crunchy sound in the ear I was getting this before and thought it was the gel in there dissolving making this sound..but not sure now what it is.....And this is the weirdest since Tuesday I am now experiencing static almost I guess I would describe it as in my ear.. Talk about driving you crazy...sometimes it is really loud other times not so bad. This morning I woke up and I swear my hearing was so bad...couldn t hear anything and my ear felt so clogged. and at times..feels like something is in my ear. I actually read a post from another that had the same symptoms that I am experiencing but it was old and I could not ask her anything about what happened later.

I go back to my doctor in three weeks and I really need to bring this all up to him... I am grasping straws here but I wonder what your hearing is like if your presthesis slipped or is out of wack so to say. 2 days after surgery I had the worse head cold with congestion in my sinus'..sneezing. I called him to see what I could take. I know he spoke about an xray but he just wants to get the dizziness under control first but I plan on asking at my next visit to get one scheduled...I have also scheduled an appointment with my primary to see if any of the dizziness might be high blood pressure from all this stress...I still do have the dizzy spell if i am laying on my backand turn my head to the right side(op ear) but it passes in a few mins.

sounds like your hearing is getting better each day. Being able to hear on the phone is great and you still have stuff in your ear wow.... Remember don t get to caught up in the posts here...everyone is different and sometimes I find myself more bummed after reading it...don t allow yourself to go there....
[QUOTE=nicoxletti;4712790]Hi All,

I am 12 days post stapedectomy and getting worried it didn't work. I know everyone says PATIENCE but I am freaking out that I can't hear anything. And no one else seems to get it, they all say just wait its only been 12 days. So, I am coming to you for advise :-)

Here are the things I can here... itching my head at my hairline behind my ear on the left side (operated ear), the tuning fork if i bite down on it (but not when it was held up to my ear). I do have packing in my inner and middle ear, gelfoam it what i think they call it. I still feel the pressure that everyone is talking about. I can't hear if i rub my ear and I haven't heard the cracking/poping noises everyone describes.

My doctor is very experienced in this surgery and assured me that everything went text book. He said everything else was in good condition, the nerve and the bone that the prosthetic hooked on to. I didn't have ear infections as a kid, so everything was in fairly good condition. Except for the otosclerosis that is!

I had the vertigo everyone was talking about and that subsided after 2 days. I still have some dizziness but nothing too crazy.

Can anyone please help!? My doctor seems ok with me no hearing yet and says to wait until my next appointment (April 4th) before we make any decisions.

Thank you, thank you![/QUOTE]

Hi, I'm Casey, 32 yo Female. I had My stapedectomy on May 27th. My Recovery has been tough. I am 10 days Post op and still extremely dizzy. Especially with alot of things moving around me, such as cars passing or My kids running around. I have alot of pressure in my ear and I can hear and feel my heart beat. Immediately after surgery when I woke up in recovery I could hear very very well.. Then as days passed I hear ringing, popping, buzzing, whooshing and It's annoying. On my 3rd or 4th night post op I was awaken by what sounded like a train passing through my head and it lasted until the next day. I was told by my Dr the dizziness would only last maybe a few days and I would be able to return to work after a week. I still haven't been able to. =( The right side of my face feels funny, My tongue is slightly numb and i get this terrible metallic taste in my mouth. I understand that this maybe normal but I'm just extremely frustrated. I want to be better already. I am scheduled to see my Dr tomorrow afternoon and I can't wait. I'm praying if I have a plug in my ear, he will take it out and hopefully that may relieve some pressure and dizziness. Thanks for all of your posts, it's really helpful to know I'm not alone in this, yet I'm sorry you all are dealing with the same. =)
[QUOTE=billcindy1;4713088]4 weeks - 4 days post op
Hi
I had operation 12 days back. Now my ear packing is removed but i cant hear the things as i was use to hear before surgery. I had 50 db loss before the surgery and now i can it worst than before. Doctor said there is still packing inside the ear which has to meld and asked me to put ear drops. I have appointment again after week with my ent. What you think? Am i on the right track. Whar are the possibilities in this case.
Pleae suggest the way forward.

Thanks

Aj


Hello...
I had my stapedectomy surgey on February 18th so will be 5 weeks come this Friday. I know exactly how you are feeling..I have been there . but you came to the right place. You will read alot of posts from so many people and one thing I have learned is everyone is different.
I never as of yet have had the bionic hearing. My packing on the outer part was taken out 10days post op. and was told the same about the packing inside..will need to dissolve on its own. I will say when I had the packing in there I really could not hear much at all..I believe you said you still have both inner and outer packing in there... Let me ask you..if you rub on the cottonball that is in your operated ear can you hear anything..I will say I too felt that it did not work more then once. I have little hearing in my other ear but I do have my hearing aid to fall back on. I know you dont want to hear this..but as I was also told..be patient..I so know it is hard..I have had my ups and down..smiles then to tears the next day because I can t hear anything. When I went to my 10 day post op...my doctor took out the outer packing and I could hear him speaking but it was very soft. I was expecting the loudness that others have experienced. How was your hearing before this operation..I had just about nothing so what I am experiencing is more then I started with.
Each week does seem to get a tiny bit better...I think the three week mark I noticed small changes...As I was told...there is alot of blood..swelling..and of course the gel packing that needs to dissolve. I was also disappointed because i expected alot to happen quick.. As of today..I am still having difficulties with certain voices..tones..being way to soft to hear...but I am hoping that will get better as time goes on... It is hard but please try to relax and take it easy..don t do to much..
Cindy
I go for my hearing test this coming Monday and I am anxious to see what improvements I have so far..I have been told that there will be another hearing test down the road to compare this one too...[/QUOTE]





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