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Old 10-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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sound quality after stapedectomy

I am curious if anyone who has had a successful stapedectomy can speak to their experience of the quality of their hearing post surgery. I am a musician with otosclerosis in one ear and have tried hearing aids. The sound is very artificial both with analog and digital devices. I am considering surgery in the hope that I would get a more natural sounding result but the surgeons I have consulted can not give me an idea about whether the sound quality after stapedectomy is in fact closer to normal hearing. Any information would be most appreciated. Thanks.

 
Old 10-07-2011, 08:33 PM   #2
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Hi Stratman
I had a left ear stapedectomy on August 25th, so 6 weeks ago now. My hearing is essentially normal now. I wore a hearing aid for about a year before I had my surgery and I know what you mean about the artificial sound. Now I sometimes forget that I ever lost my hearing. It is amazing. I am so happy to have my hearing back. I am hearing the bass in music again and now I can tell where sounds come from. Most importantly, the sound is normal again. It took a few weeks but my hearing was better from the day after surgery and kept improving every day. Music sounds so beautiful to me now. I am so happy and so incredibly grateful!

Christine

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Old 10-08-2011, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Thanks so much Christine for the reply. This is exactly the kind of info I need to make an informed decision. And congratulations on the success of your procedure.

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Old 10-08-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Hi!
I have used digital hearing aids and I endorse your view that even the best hearing aid is no match for a natural ear.
I had a stapedectomy on June 20,2011 here in England, and I can certainly tell that sound is like it used to be before I had a hearing loss due to Otoscelorosis.Actually if the stapedectomy is successful,it makes the bones move which had stopped moving(got fixed).But I feel that hearing aids are no match for a natural ear even if the natural ear has a prosthesis in it.This is my personal opinion and may be you shoud check with more people because because a lot depends on the type and material of prosthesis and the skill and competence and experience of doctor are very very important because there are so many people who report on these pages that there procedures did not produce the results they had expected.

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Old 10-08-2011, 01:39 PM   #5
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Thanks Sanguine. Do yoou know which material your prothesis is? I had wondered about that issue. The one surgeon here in NYC I have consulted is experienced and
skilled but did not have an answer for me re the quality of sound after surgery. It makes sense to me that it should be more natural than a hearing aid. I'm pleased to know both you and Christine have found it that way. Thanks again.

 
Old 10-18-2011, 08:32 PM   #6
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

The differences are very minor but it has been indicated that Teflon titanium wire is slightly superior in closing the air-bone gap.

The results cannot be meaningfully compared to hearing with hearing aids as the sound that reaches the inner ear when using any kind of hearing aid is being processed and will for few more years sound artificial. The bone implants made of any material suitable for staples replacement will sound uncomparably better for the above reason.

Btw it is worth assuring that your implant is non ferromagnetic as this would contradict any future MRI (including the ones when the history is not available and the patient is unconscious - ouch).

Please note that all the above is my private and LAY opinion.

 
Old 10-21-2011, 01:13 PM   #7
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Hi!
They used Titanium for my prosthesis. But today I am here to inform that excellent sound quality and successful operation has put me in all sorts of problems only after 3 months and 24 days. I travelled by air and when I landed at the airport,I could not hear the immigration officials and then the relative who had come to pick me up seemed talking too softly and I could immediately tell that something was not right because before taking the flight,I hardly asked anybody to repeat and everybody seemed to talk rather loudly but people had kind of mumbling again to some extent.
Perhaps this will be of interest to you. The quality of sound in the operated ear is very very bad and I hear sounds but words do not become clear and I cannot use telephone through the operated ear because people seem to talk in a strange voice and I am not certain what they are saying but the other ear which is my natural ear with only 50% hearing is fantastic for hearing telephones and after many days when I inserted my hearing aid in unoperated ear, I could hear much better so please consider a million times,if you want to hear natural sounds well and if you cannot avoid air travel for the rest of your life.I have to use our small 7 seater Jet aeroplane quite often and before taking this commercial flight,I refused using this small jet on the grounds that it may be risky and I thought that the big plane should be used for my first flight after stapedectomy(instead of 3 months,I travelled after 4 months) but still had such a bad experience.So please do not risk losing your hearing through operation.

 
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From sympathy to you Sanguine2011 and your loss of hearing I initially decided to not reply but something has happened today and I decided that I will not sit here like that.

I had my surgery last Monday. Today after 7 days I had the pope wick removed (packing) and ear cleaned with microsuction.

Please remember that happy (especially moderately) customer rarely if ever goes on the internet to tell their story.

I read a lot about the procedure and seen number of testimonials.
I understood the risks and after 6 years from initial diagnosis and year of wearing high grade digital hearing aids decided to go ahead. I'm 25 years old now. I play keyboard, violin and drums (as in xylophone and vibraphone) but I am not a musician. I am a programmer and I could't do what I do without music.

Today I cried after having my packing removed. I was walking around the town whole afternoon smiling to myself in a congratulatory fashion( every now and then making a sudden "a bomb went off" move whenever a loud noise would appear). I love it. I regret every day I delayed the procedure! I mean it.
I came home and put my headphones on. My mind is blown away. I sat here listening to my favourite music and thought about the person who asked this question.

Understand your risks, get diagnosis, find an experienced surgeon specialising in spatedoctomy and make your own informed decision.

I received my implant certificate. It's made of fluoroplastic. Apparently extremely safe and having very very low rate of complications.

I'm young and my procedure went extremely well. My surgeon is as experienced as it gets (spatedoctomy is pretty much his hobby) so maybe it's a mixture of those but I can tell you one thing. Do yourself a favour and don't listen to music through hearing aids just put it louder and equalise of the loss curvature or...

Best regards and happy stapedoctomy everyone!!! I am a very happy guy today.

Let me go back now to melting my auditory cortex with music.

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Old 10-26-2011, 12:14 AM   #9
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Congratulations!
But please be careful with your operated ear and do all what your doctor has told you to do.Do avoid air travel as long as possible because before this air travel my hearing was also fantastic and I had told you about it.
Best of luck and an early recovery because the wound inside is still healing so be careful about weights and wetting the wound etc.

 
Old 10-26-2011, 05:46 AM   #10
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Thanks.

Reading around the Internet and printed publications about those recommendations is interesting and shows how complex systems our bodies are. The recommendations vary greatly.
Some might have to do with implant used or technique chosen.
Some are up to the doctor's interpretation.
Some will depend on doctor's interpretation of how the wound is healing.

I have discussed the following with my surgeon:

What should I do and don't after the surgery?

Do use the ear drops twice a day from the day 1 till they run out - ofloxacin 0.3% help with wound healing.
Do take antibiotics prescribed 3 x 500mg Amoxicilinum a day for 7 days to prevent postop infections
Do be careful when standing up faster the first few days
Forget about the implant and move on with our life.

Don't get the ear wet as this can very seriously complicate the healing process 6 weeks if you can. Consult otherwise until you inflamation has cleared.
Don't travel by train using tunnels (pressure changes) for 2 weeks post op.
Don't travel by plane for 6 weeks.
Don't ever dive under 10 meters (200 kPa) - this is controversial but the whole concept is mostly built on the theoretical assertions and not much proof exist that barotrauma has different complications for patients after the stapedoctomy. Diving is moderately risky for anyone and many people (from the general population) will not go under 4 meters due to discomfort in their sinuses or ears.
Don't ever skydive

General advice not related to my condition or operation I had:

Never get bath water in your ears.
Avoid air travel with inflammation of an ear (including eustahian tube). This is common with colds, sinus infections etc. blocked eustahian tube and vhanges in ear pressure can in severe cases cause rupture of the tympanic membrane and hearing loss.

But what if I go on the plane and I notice dramatic hearing loss in the previously operated ear? (thinking about Sanguine 2011).

Call us immediately you will be scheduled for ASAP revision surgery. Time is precious in those cases as there is risk of severe hearing loss in case of serious implant dislocation. This could also be due to ear drum rapture. See a doctor who is equipped with otoscope immediately and can look down your ear canal.

I did not write down these answers so this is my subjective recollection. Always listen to your own doctor but don't be afraid to ask.


 
Old 10-26-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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Hi!
They used Titanium for my prosthesis. But today I am here to inform that excellent sound quality and successful operation has put me in all sorts of problems only after 3 months and 24 days. I travelled by air and when I landed at the airport,I could not hear the immigration officials and then the relative who had come to pick me up seemed talking too softly and I could immediately tell that something was not right because before taking the flight,I hardly asked anybody to repeat and everybody seemed to talk rather loudly but people had kind of mumbling again to some extent.
Perhaps this will be of interest to you. The quality of sound in the operated ear is very very bad and I hear sounds but words do not become clear and I cannot use telephone through the operated ear because people seem to talk in a strange voice and I am not certain what they are saying but the other ear which is my natural ear with only 50% hearing is fantastic for hearing telephones and after many days when I inserted my hearing aid in unoperated ear, I could hear much better so please consider a million times,if you want to hear natural sounds well and if you cannot avoid air travel for the rest of your life.I have to use our small 7 seater Jet aeroplane quite often and before taking this commercial flight,I refused using this small jet on the grounds that it may be risky and I thought that the big plane should be used for my first flight after stapedectomy(instead of 3 months,I travelled after 4 months) but still had such a bad experience.So please do not risk losing your hearing through operation.
Sanguine,
Here are the instructions I was given after my recent Stapedectomies.

(Whenever you fly, take Sudafed 60 mg. 1 tablet, 30 minutes before flying, can be repeated in 4 hours if necessary. Before the airplane begins its decent, spray your nose with Neo-Synephrine nasal spray. When you begin to feel pressure in your ear, hold your nose and swallow with your mouth closed, repeat as necessary.)s

You may have just a temporary setback, some swelling in the middle ear. Good to stay positive and I'm wishing you well.

 
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Ashton2011,
The suggestion made by your doctor to using a decongestant before flying could be indicative of your personal circumstances either pathomorphology or history of chronic sinus infection etc.

Nonetheless I suppose it can't hurt. I will definitely remember this for the times I have cold like symptoms and have to use air travel.

 
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Ashton2011,
The suggestion made by your doctor to using a decongestant before flying could be indicative of your personal circumstances either pathomorphology or history of chronic sinus infection etc.

Nonetheless I suppose it can't hurt. I will definitely remember this for the times I have cold like symptoms and have to use air travel.
It was on a printed page giving different instructions for after discharge, not personal.
It goes on to say you can use this same treatment when travling by car in a mountainous region. Do this whenever you fly in the future.

I traveled two days after each stapedectomy 450 miles, some in mountains up to 3500 ft. Pressurerazation (sp?) in aircraft is somewhere around 8,000 ft I believe. I did not have any problems either time through the mountains using the instructions.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:58 PM   #14
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

thanks for info. I will ask my dr. about the flight recommendations.I had very serious popping noises (like fireworks) when I traveled over a 1800 foot pass on the way home immediately after my surgery. I wonder if that's what caused my sensorineural high frequency hearing loss post op (thankfully subsiding a little).

 
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Re: sound quality after stapedectomy

Just wanted to post a follow up. It's been four months since the removal of my packing and it's still perfect! The quality is still great with no noticeable degradation or distortion.

 
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