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Old 10-20-2011, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hi Cindy!
I do not know why the thread has been closed.But thanks for your encouraging words.I do not know if my ears popped but I can tell that I have a kind of clogged feeling and I can still hear speech quite well but it is not as good as I have been telling everybody during the past 3 months and 20 days(I started hearing quite well after 10 days of operaton).
Now please tell me if prosthesis had slipped I think ,I would not be able to hear anything at all from the operated ear but I can still hear from operated ear but tone of telephone is not as high as it is in my unoperated ear and I hear sounds from my operated ear but words are not very very clear at times. But if I close my operated ear,I can hear even better with the operated ear.But when I chew or burp,I hear sounds which were not there till a few days ago,like ggggge type continuous sound or tuuuuon type sound when I burp.I got a tuning fork test by some other specialist who is otherwise known to me(not my doctor),he said that your operated ear can hear and it is still better than your unoperated ear because tuning fork when touched to my head was heard by my right(unoperated ear) only.He said that I should wait and see and not worry too much but I am quite perturbed.

 
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hi Sanguine...

I was hearing alittle even though my presthesis had slipped out of place after my first operation in Feb. But I def. had to use the hearing aid until June revision. I was told that I had about 50% hearing after that first surgery and my dr. felt my presthesis had popped out of place by scar tissue and the artery in there. I had my packing taken out and knew something was not quite right...I could not hear background noises well at all and it felt like sound needed to be turned up a bunch for me to hear. I also felt like my hearing got even worse a week or two down the road after that first surgery..

I am glad that you seen a doctor to have it checked out...I totally understand you being perturbed..I would be also... I hope that it gets better for you soon..

 
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Hi Sanguine...

I wanted to ask you...when you are hearing where does the sound seem to come from operated or unoperated. I know that when I would put my hearing aid in I could def. tell it was coming from my right side when it was in there..but once I took it out it felt like it switched to the left (had more hearing). Before my surgery I had the hearing aid into the operated ear then week before then switched to other

I am so confused with your situation right now. I swear my dr. had said that with this surgery you could fly without any problems in just three weeks. I would not really consider this myself because i do so bad with just up and down hilly roads in our travels... I also had read several others that had flown home for the holidays just a couple of months post surgery. I hope that everything works it way out and your hearing returns to the way it was prior to your flying..

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Hi Cindy!
Thanks for showing so much concern regarding my situation.My hearing is behaving in a strange way.I can hear without hearing aid in my unoperated ear and the sounds now do not seem extremely low as they appeared a few days ago.But still the sound of telephone(landline)tone is barely audible and I can hear the voice of the person on phone but it is a distorted sound and does not seem natural but I can understand what is being said with some difficulty.
My hearing is still more than it is in my unoperated ear without hearing aid and even if I put hearing aid in my right ear unoperated ear,still I am not sure if it really gets shifted to the right.But I am not as comfortable as I was before this travel.
Another issue is the sound which I constantly hear and especially when I chew or burp.

 
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Sanguine....

Lets hope that each day your hearing gets a little better and back to the way it was prior to flying...

The sound with chewing and burping..you never heard this before your flight? I know that I also hear a sound sometimes when I do either....


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Cindy!
I did hear a sound like crich or like a flutter even before the flight but it was not very annoying and even with that I could hear telephone very well as you remember,I have been gladly telling everybody that I have started using normal landline.But now both landline and mobile's sound is distorted.
Moreover,the kooon or goooon kind of sound is not only annoying but also started only when my hearing got worse.
I hope it is not some kind of nerve damage because what else can cause sounds to distort?Can it occur without pain and without any infection and when doctor says that the ear apparently looks fine.I have not allowed even a single drop of water enter my ear since the day of stapedectomy even when doctor said it is Ok to let water enter now.I am really worried and now I think may be I should not have gone for surgery because if my euphoria was to last only for about 3 months and now I am more disabled than before.And interesting my bad ear now seems much better if I put my hearing aid inn it(I have both CIC and Behind the ear ones) but I have to take out the hearing aid to hear phones.I do not know what to do and what to expect.

 
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Good Morning Sanguine.....

Thought i would check in with you and see if anything has changed. I am hoping that things are returning more to normal for you.

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Thanks Cindy!
The sound quality in the operated ear is still an issue but I do hear out of it.Though sounds are not as loud as they were before the airtravel.But I still hear the goooon,gooon and shshshhshh sounds especially when I chew.I hope that if the prosthesis has not really slipped,things will improve.But I feel that at times I start hearing quite well but at others I have a problem but my hearing is still better than before operation.But sounds on phone are not very clear and crisp.
Again thanks.

 
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Hi

I went back to my dr yesterday because I can't hear out of my operated ear as yet. I had surgery on 30/09. I did initially hear slightly and suddenly I couldn't. There's this annoying noise in my ear that gets loud at times which makes hearing very difficult for me as I am depending on my one already operated ear. He did the fork test and the previous two consults I couldn't hear anything but this time I could hear slightly to compare 2 sounds as much as no sound is going into my ear. He gave me something for the noise and he said if the hearing doesn't come back within a month, he'll have to re-open to check whats going on. I'm just being positive and hoping its not necessary.
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So glad he was able to give you something for the noise I know how annoying that can be...

That is basically what my doctor had said about the first surgery in Feb. when I could only hear the 50% after....he felt that the presthesis was not positioned correctly but could only tell by going back in...and in the end that is exactly what the problem was...out of place..... due to scar tissue and the artery pushing it out...

Positive thinking is the way to go....,,pls. keep us posted on how you are doing...

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Hi Cindy

Somehow I'm so positive that my hearing is coming back and re-opening will not be necessary. I had a special experience with HIM!! and I have so much of confidence. Its my second day with the tablet and there is no improvement thus far. Will keep you posted.

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Hi Cindy!
It has been a long time since I visited this board.I cannot hear anything at all from the operated ear.Even the old hearing aid does not seem to enhance sound.I did not get it adjusted according to my present needs.I cannot hear through headphones through operated ear and even if someone is quite close and speaks right in my ear,still I cannot hear.I regret that I made the worst decision of my life when I thought about getting my ear operated.
What about your plans to get your other ear operated?What are the results.

 
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Good to hear from you Sanguine...

Well I go for my surgery two weeks from this coming Friday...I have already met with my Doctor and we are both ready to go forward. I can not hear much from this ear..if I put my earphones in I can hear something faint but couldn t tell you what was being said...my right ear takes over too with the hearing back.... I have to turn it up all the way to get anything and the other ear bud has to be out of my good ear.... I was told under 30% hearing last year...he said that this ear is a great canidate and he expects my hearing to level to my right ear that was operated on in June... He said that my hearing test that I just had 2 weeks ago had results that were even better then before..so I am ready to go forward. I do not know what the outcome will be...I am hoping for the best as I have not really had any hearing in that ear for about 20 years...so I have always just had my right ear...I am not wearing my hearing aid in that ear but sometimes if someone is talking on that side it can be difficult especially if there is noise on the right... If i am on my good ear in bed I can t really hear what is being said...

I m so sorry that you can t hear anything from that ear.... that really stinks... is there anything they can do for you...Is it fixable so to say...

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Finally checked the board again. So sorry to read that you can't hear anything from the operated ear. We were so careful and hopeful! I still have high frequency hearing loss and the typical high pitched tinnitus that goes with it. I try my best to ignore the tinnitus and focus on reading lips to understand people. What does your doctor think happened to cause your loss of hearing?

 
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Hi Sanguine

I'm so sorry to hear about you not hearing from the operated ear! I am in the same boat as you. I had my surgery done in September 2011 but to date nothing yet. I have tinnitus in that ear and it is so frustrating! I am not going back to re-open but I am trusting God for my healing. I hope you get good results soon.

 
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