No problem..I am there with you. I too have to wonder what is going on with my hearing. I am going to ask my dr. to see if my presthesis might have slipped also..I just thought that you would be totally deaf if it did but from reading on here I see that is not true. I actually called my dr. right at closing time to ask about this annoying static that is still here.. the receptionist said it could be fluid in my middle ear..but not sure. waiting on call back .. I do know that my ear does not feel right..really heavy feeling is all I can really say. Can you tell me how your ear feels...I am hearing clicking sounds..crunching...static...heavy feeling...an I swear sometimes it feels like there is something in there...pressure too at times. but my dizziness seems to be getting better . Today is the first day I can say it is not bothersome at all.
Let me know how your ear is feeling... Your revision surgery is going to be soon...you must be very excited..Did you happen to get a cold after your surgery..I did two days after.. Did your doctor say what might have caused it to slip
and as far as you feeling like of course this would happen to me with the slipped presthesis...
SO CAN RELATE TO YOU!!!!! The sad thing is when i went into this I never even thought about not getting it all back or even it slipping...my first surgery went fine 17 years ago so I never even visited that this time..
sorry i forgot to add this to my above post...
Thanks Cindy! I have no hearing what so ever from my ear canal. I do have a lot of static and sometimes some ringing. I get the heavy feeling you have. Its only there sometimes but its annoying for sure. I can put cotton in my ear, scream into it, rub it, anything, no sound transmitts.
Do you have any sounds coming in? If you rub it can you hear anything? You could just still be healing. Like you said, its much better than before the surgery. So you could be on the right track, just healing. I will hope that is what it is for your sake :-)
I asked the doctor how we can find out if the prosthesis slipped and he said there is really no way until you get in there. I asked about a CT scan and he said its so small, it would be way to hard to tell. Plus all my signs lead to a slip.
I do have some hearing ...I can actually put my finger in my ear and hear it..I can also hear if I put the cotton ball in my canal and rub.. I used to not be able to hear my kids and can sometimes make it out now if they talk alittle louder.I will say if i do those two things in my other ear I can not hear it very well that ear is worse in hearing then operated ear only 40% dr said-this is how I judged that it had worked after surgery... I can t hear any back noises..low noises at all...soft voice..forget it..but I can hear my windchimes outside.. i have difficulties with certain tones for sure....if you whisper..no way..my hearing is like under water..blocked
I think that my hearing varies each day-today was a bad day. I can say that my ear is annoying the heck out of me...I am constantly tugging at it..before the surgery the only way I could describe my ear was it felt dead. not sure if that makes since.. The static is really what is bothering me...The more you try to ignore it...you know what happens LOL. This am..was the worse..just really bothered me so much and my voice is sooo loud in my head-it sounds the way it does when you have a nasty head cold with the worse stuffy nose-you have this... I also noticed one time my ear popped I heard the static get louder scared me to death... What are you doing to zone out the static...
I am so happy that I have you to talk with..it really makes me feel better . I feel bad even mentioning anything to my hubby..he has to be tired of hearing it all by now.. And honestly..only someone who has gone thru this can understand how emotionally draining it is.....
Don't worry you can totally vent to me! Thats what I am here for. Honestly, I am totally jealous of what hearing you do have. I can only hope that my hearing gets to that point after the revision surgery!
I have not gotten sick one bit! I have no idea how it could have slipped. Neither does the doctor. I think it slipped before I even woke up from surgery! hahaha. I haven't been abel to hear anything since after the surgery. When I woke up he rubbed my ear and asked if i could hear it and nothing. Not even a little bit of sound. So maybe when they transfered me to the bed it slipped. I don't know. I can only drive myself more crazy trying to think of how it could have happend.
So keep your chin up... you have what sounds to be like improvement. They also told me that anxiety and stress can slow down the healing process. I tend to be a hippy, but I really believe positive thinking and deep breaths can really calm one down.
Funny thing is all my friends will come to me with problems and I am always that person that will say...come on get your chin up...no more neg. thoughts. and list all the positives for them. I also believe like you..stress only slows things down... I am now trying to get back into my exercise routine which has always been my de-stresser..not at my old level but just something to start at...
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I just heard from my doctor himself. He wants an xray to see what is going on in there. He asked alot of questions and I did the same. funny take me out of the office and I don t have a problem with questions LOL... He also said he wants to see me before the end of the month...I remembered to tell him everything I have said to you with my symptoms...I even shared that this am I could not hear my hubby well at all..that is usually not a problem for me because he has a loud voice..it was so muffled I had to put in my hearing aid to make it out... So now I just need to be patient and see what comes next...
Yay! I am glad you talked with your doctor. I asked mine if we could do an xray or something to see if it was really out of place and he said its too small to see and we would have to go in to make sure. But all my signs lead to a slip. I hope it all gets figured out for you soon Cindy!
I think a little excersize never hurt anyone, especially if it realxes you. I wanted to start back up on yoga but I feel like, why? if I am going to have surgery in the next couple weeks. Hahhah. I am also being lazy!
Just stopping in to say HI. Today is a bad day and I wanted to vent about it :-) I woke up about 5:30 am with the loudest (tinnitus) static I have ever experienced. Its driving me insane. Its softened up a bit but man is it annoying. I don't have any vertigo, just the noise.
So I called the doctor and he was suprised. He said he never had anyone wall complaining of that and didn't have vertigo or improved hearing. Mine still is empty of sound... nothing going in :-( So who knows, but he said wait until Friday and see how it goes. There is a small possibility that it may mean that my hearing may be coming? He might want to do a hearing test again to see if it improved. But he has never seen anyone take this long to heal/hear. If anything, it will be me who that happens too. Especially with all the other things I have to deal with. Hhahah.
I can relate to you with the static sound..Mine started last Tues. Wed. and it seems to get worse in loud areas...or if I get stressed out. It was so bad this weekend... I still have it as of today...I seem to be getting use to it somewhat...but when it is loud it really is annoying. and a couple of times it started bothering me during sleep. I am lucky because my hearing aid actually helps... but once I take it out..there it is loud and clear... also last Friday my ear popped sort of and when it did the static sound got even louder..scared me to death and then I said..oh god not any louder please...then went back to normal static sound...
My Doctor was surprised too..my dizziness is actually better right now : ) and for that I am happy...it was really awful constantly feeling off balanced and dizzy at times and it didn t even happen until like week three or four I think... weird I still have the popping..clicking..crunching..sound daily..still have the feeling like something is in my ear. I did tell him that I felt my hearing was actually alittle worse and I only say that because in the am I had difficulties hearing my hubby...and that is usually not an issue..I have to really listen to him to kind of hear him but not yesterday..I could not make out anything...
I am with you on this...I also wonder..does this mean my hearing might be on its way. Did I tell you that someone from here that had the same symptoms as me and she said she was where I am with recovery and felt her revision did not work and she was destended to be deaf for life and slowly things turned around and it had to do with fluid in her middle ear and it took forever... I am not getting my hopes up but am I allowed to say.. please please please be me...
Also..when did you have your hearing test? Did they say you had any improvement at all.. Also...can you tell me if your voice sounds very loud in your head.. Like the way it does when you have a bad cold with stuffed nose..???
I wanted to tell you I did jump into my video workout yesterday..god if felt great too...I said my my hubby..off the pitytrain and on with my life..this is rediculious I must move on and stop dwelling..doesn t help any..like my friend from Los Angeles has said..THANK YOU! my main destresser has always been workingout..something I have not been doing..
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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!
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. =)
I am sorry Cindy and i stopped posting, but it seemed as though we were the only ones on a thread and we could message through emails. Anyways, everything you are saying seems VERY normal! The only thing is the vertigo, yours is lasting a bit long for my likings. But, you will see your doctor tomorrow right? He will be able to let you know. Make sure that you are taking it easy. You need to let that "hole" heal. The reason you are feeling so dizzy is because there is still fluid passing from your inner ear to your middle ear and reverse. Any stress or strenuous activity can prevent that from happening. I hate to say it but even a bowel movement that requires some work can prevent that. They recommended I take Colace to help with that, but I didn't need it. Sorry, i had to say it!
As for me, I am not the best judge of how it worked right. I have had two stapedectomies. One March 10th and One April 21st and unfortunately, I still have no conductive hearing :-( But, my sensorineural hearing is still there, so I don't have permanent hearing loss. Sort of at a loss on what to do now, My doctor in all of his 20 years has never had a patient have two stapedectomies and not have them work. Ugh... I am probably going to see a specialist here in the area, but I have to figure out some insurance stuff first.
Let me know how your doctors appointment goes tomorrow. But, it seems like you are on the right track!
4 weeks - 4 days post op
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.
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..
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...
Wondering how you made out with your drs. appointment..It has been alittle bit since your post. Hope everything worked out ok...I know with the stapedectomy it is different for everyone. I actually had my other ear done this past Feb. the unoperated one...so now I have two ears that finally work well..