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Hi Sanguine...

My surgery was June 1st but this was my second I am also 47 years old -....first was Feb 18th 2011.Surgeon went back in..my presthesis had slipped out of place from scar tissue and an artery and I was dealing with dizziness from that. My doctor told me at my 5 week check up that I could resume back to normal life slowly. I workout daily and was not able to do anything but walking for those 5 weeks. I am not a big weight lifter (15-30 lbs) which he told me I could get back into slowly and light weights. I have only been using my 3 pound weights. I have a trainer that will work with me in the next month..personally I am waiting for the 3-4 month mark but my doctor said he felt i was fine to start out slow and low weights. I was able to get my ear wet from that night on (5 wks)...He told me everything was healed completely and i could even go swimming if I choose to.. I could also fly in an airplane too... I can not..ever...play volleyball (my absolute love) again..for the fear of being hit in the head on that side and dislodging the presthesis.. I play for fun at our campground but that is ok...I would rather hear... He told me I have NO restrictions at all... including meds. I can take cold med. anything he said...But I have not had any issues except my allergies since. I am treating my new ear like a newborn baby..If I uncomfortable with something I will no do it.. But honestly I feel like a normal person...hey two weeks ago I played in a darts tournament and I did pretty good..my bal. can be an issue at times..but hey I took third place..not to bad..

As far as the presthesis... I had my first stapedectomy done in 1992...and this past Dec. I lost my hearing again due to my incus eroding...I have heard this has happen to some from back there with the type of presthesis that was used. So I got 17 great years from that one and I do not regret having it done..and not everyone has had this happen..one dr.at my ENT office had his done in the 70's and still hearing fine...I honestly think it is different for each person...I have found that if I read to much on these boards it can scare the heck out of me... so remember we are all different. My doctor told me I can do anything...just no volleyball or sport that would cause a hit to my head..and to use common sense...

I would think your wondering about flying would be a question for your surgeon.Are you able to contact him at all? Because honestly if I had a question tomorrow I would not hesitate to call my surgeon to ask...But he is also my ENT dr. that I see in his office for any ear,nose,throat issues..

I honesty do feel that i have resumed back to real life..even better...now i do not wear a hearing aid in my un operated ear with only 30% hearing..so that is great..I am hearing wonderful... As far as people knowing..I am so happy for what I was given back and I would be happy to speak with anyone who asked me a question-I consider myself special..not everyone can say they have a bionic ear right....I have been down this road a few times. And I will go back down it again come March 9th when I will have the other ear operated and will hear from both ears..I don t even know what that will be like as I have had this problem forever...recovery was alot harder on me in 92 with a 4 and 1 year old so I lived with my one ear for 17 years..my doctor told me I could either get it done or not..my choice.. back in 92 I had it done awake..not something I wanted to do again. this time sleeping..better. When I lost my hearing in Dec. so many of my friends forgot about my problem and several didn t even know that I had a hearing loss in the other ear.. Life is wonderful after the stapedecomy...You do return to a normal life...I did!!!!

If you have any other questions at all...ask away!!! I will answer them for you...
[QUOTE=billcindy1;4845197]Hello Sanguine....

I have really not lifted to heavy of an object. But I have actually gone back to the gym and started on my weights. I know at my 5 week.. my doctor told me that I could start back with my weights but to do it slowly..he did not want me to hurt myself being I had not used weights in some time. The weights of course are not that heavy at all...but I did not lift any weights for some time...

I want to ask you....is there a possibility that you may have alittle sinus issue right now? I can honestly say I have also felt the same with my hearing when my sinus' are acting up...I also had discomfort the past four days when I spoke due to my cold' and sinus pressure..once I took a decongestant I really did feel better. I had told my hubby if it kept up I would go to the doctor but I have felt this discomfort before and usually a decongestant will help. I also have had that clogged feeling too...were I do need to look at the person talking to understand better. or ask to repeat... You also have only one ear that works correct..like myself..My other with only 30%....

I understand your fear...what you just said has been my biggest fear since I had this operation...I don t want to wake up deaf.. ...how does your hearing sound to you...are you hearing yourself louder...do you feel like your ear is blocked? I am hoping things are back to normal for you today! But I do understand being so scared

Cindy[/QUOTE].
Hi Cindy!
Thank you very much for your message which gives hope and reassurance.I am so happy that things seem to have improved greatly for the better because I am hearing great again but I do have problem with my nose which appears to have closed and my ears are full and there is a lot of pressure in both my ears but I do not have any pain but there is is hollow sound or sound as if somebody were speaking through a steel pipe etc which I hear.Today I went out(to be honest to test my hearing) and I found that people did not mumble and I could answer them and enjoy talking to them. Then I tested the sound of telephone through both ears and sound was much louder through the operated ear.So I felt quite relieved because I don't know why but my doctor had said that they will not operate my other ear which only has 50% hearing because in his opinion,I would not need a hearing aid even in my unoperated ear and I will not feel much difference even if I got my other ear operated so my this operated ear is very dear and precious for me.Again thanks for suggesting so much and telling everyone that we are not the only people who are scared and go through such period of anxiety and fear.





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