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So I am now at about 33 days post op...

I had my follow up visit last Friday and everything looks good. Apparently my fears of hearing loss were a bit premature as my air conduction hearing test on the operated ear shows that hearing has been restored to a normal range up to at least 8kHz. I do feel that extended high frequencies over 8kHz might have been affected a little bit by the surgery but I'm not going to worry about it too much since the overall improvement in my hearing is absolutely TREMENDOUS. Dr Berenholz said there was even a bit of overclosure at around 2kHz where my air conduction is now better than the bone conduction was in that ear pre-op.

Physically I feel pretty good, all the post op side effects are basically gone and all of my restrictions have been lifted. I don't need to limit physical exertion anymore so I started jogging a bit and I resumed some light exercise without any problems.

Obviously, the greatest benefit is a drastic improvement in my hearing. I can keep the volume on the TV turned way down now; I don't have trouble following conversations anymore; I can hear cars and dogs barking and all kinds of noises from outside with the windows closed (I do live in an old house with no insulation in the walls); music sounds better and more detailed-particularly the bass and lower mids, although I am still pretty sensitive to LOUD bass (I guess I have no acoustic reflex anymore so I have to be very careful about loud noise exposure for the rest of my life).

They only minor issue I am having is alot head congestion from a terrible cold I had last week, and the operated ear has been popping alot when I talk and swallow. I think this is probably just due to some fluid in my ears and sinuses and it seems to be working itself out. I was a little bit worried the cold was going to spread to my inner ear but it did not.

Just a couple things about the experience overall...

First, be patient! Its been posted on here a bunch of times, and I sort of got a little worried and impatient over nothing, so you have to remember to relax, take it easy, and be patient while you are recovering.

Second, I give very high marks to the Lippy Clinic and their experienced staff. I highly recommend them.

Third, the psychological impact of a successful stapedectomy is huge. It has done wonders for my mood and mental health. I feel pretty damn good these days, and I'm so glad this is behind me. I think I can delay surgery on my other ear for awhile, so for now I can just enjoy hearing again.

Thanks to all of you that have offered advice and support in this forum, and good luck to those of you suffering from otosclerosis, I hope you find my experience helpful!
[QUOTE=mspgh;4950756]So I am now at about 33 days post op...

I had my follow up visit last Friday and everything looks good. Apparently my fears of hearing loss were a bit premature as my air conduction hearing test on the operated ear shows that hearing has been restored to a normal range up to at least 8kHz. I do feel that extended high frequencies over 8kHz might have been affected a little bit by the surgery but I'm not going to worry about it too much since the overall improvement in my hearing is absolutely TREMENDOUS. Dr Berenholz said there was even a bit of overclosure at around 2kHz where my air conduction is now better than the bone conduction was in that ear pre-op.

Physically I feel pretty good, all the post op side effects are basically gone and all of my restrictions have been lifted. I don't need to limit physical exertion anymore so I started jogging a bit and I resumed some light exercise without any problems.

Obviously, the greatest benefit is a drastic improvement in my hearing. I can keep the volume on the TV turned way down now; I don't have trouble following conversations anymore; I can hear cars and dogs barking and all kinds of noises from outside with the windows closed (I do live in an old house with no insulation in the walls); music sounds better and more detailed-particularly the bass and lower mids, although I am still pretty sensitive to LOUD bass (I guess I have no acoustic reflex anymore so I have to be very careful about loud noise exposure for the rest of my life).

They only minor issue I am having is alot head congestion from a terrible cold I had last week, and the operated ear has been popping alot when I talk and swallow. I think this is probably just due to some fluid in my ears and sinuses and it seems to be working itself out. I was a little bit worried the cold was going to spread to my inner ear but it did not.

Just a couple things about the experience overall...

First, be patient! Its been posted on here a bunch of times, and I sort of got a little worried and impatient over nothing, so you have to remember to relax, take it easy, and be patient while you are recovering.

Second, I give very high marks to the Lippy Clinic and their experienced staff. I highly recommend them.

Third, the psychological impact of a successful stapedectomy is huge. It has done wonders for my mood and mental health. I feel pretty damn good these days, and I'm so glad this is behind me. I think I can delay surgery on my other ear for awhile, so for now I can just enjoy hearing again.

Thanks to all of you that have offered advice and support in this forum, and good luck to those of you suffering from otosclerosis, I hope you find my experience helpful![/QUOTE]

Mspgh

Great to hear, pretty soon you will almost forget how it was before surgery.
My adverse reaction to loud sounds are slowly receeding. Hope yours will also.
Congrats on "normal up to 8K"

"Dr "B" is a "Rock Star" :) and "The Lippy Clinic rocks too"
At 72 I can still express young feelings ;)

Ashton11





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