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Old 01-30-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
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Over one month after stapedectomy - hearing is deteriorating

My husband, 44 years old, suffering from otosclerosis, had stapedectomy on his right ear in 1993. At that time he was recommended to operate the second ear after one years break but he did not. His right ear hears OK but is slightly deteriorating over years.

Lately his left ear has gone so much worse that he decided to go for another stapedectomy. We had him operated 21st December 2011. CT scan & surgery discovered that his nerve is by birth is not in the bony canal. Nevertheless the doctor still managed to place the piston at a slightly different angle.

A week after surgery he got 'super' hearing telling he could hear every bird on the tree.

After 25 days after surgery my husband had to fly a 3 + 9 hours flight

Now we are 1 month and 10 days after surgery and the hearing in his freshly operated ear has gone worse than what it was before teh surgery, at least that is what he feels.

Can you please help with opinions and/or similar experiences. I read in the internet that its too early to jump into conslusion until 3 months after surgery...Negative internet finding describe some stape slips & nerve damage in other patients.

Doctor says this is NOT normal and probably happened because of the flight. He suggests we need to give it some time and see what happens.

Do you think we are running into a danger of hearing loss in the operated ear? I heard there is only 1% chance of losing hearing after stapedectomy...Is it possible to use hearing aid in such cases?

We are positive and full of hope but quite worried as to what to expect. Will highly appreciate your help and time you are going to spend to answer us.

 
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Re: Over one month after stapedectomy - hearing is deteriorating

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So sorry to hear what has happened to your husbands hearing. I have had one stapedectomy with great results and I am getting the other ear done on Tuesday. I was really worried about flying after op but was reassured by surgeon it is ok after 6 weeks. I have been told by two different surgeons to only fly after 6 weeks but I know some other posts have indicated flying sooner is ok.
Has your husband had hearing test yet? Sometimes it is hard to judge how the hearing is going because you may get used to better results immediately. The ear has a bit of healing to do.
If you are still having problems I would go back to the surgeon or get a 2nd opinion. Don't be afraid to do this sooner rather than later.
I have my fingers crossed for you and hope you post now with great results!
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: Over one month after stapedectomy - hearing is deteriorating

Hello Nickle1,

All the best luck for your surgery on Tuesday, wishing everythings goes well.
My husbands operated ear is still the same - you can say almost no hearing. We had the audiogram done and it shows the ear is slightly worse than before the operation. The doctor says the reading suggests that the nerve is still functioning and there is a possiblity for revision surgery. My husband cant operate right now, we are located in Ghana and his doctor is in India, so we will need to wait till the next holiday before we can do that. My husband didnt wait for 6 weeks to fly (which i now think was a major mistake which you should by no means repeat please) because of his job. He was operated on 21 Dec and he flew on 18 Jan.

Take care and post us some good result once the surgery is over

 
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #4
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Re: Over one month after stapedectomy - hearing is deteriorating

Thank you. What a shame about your husbands hearing. It must have been really disappointing to get it back then lose it. It sounds like something may have slipped out of place which hopefully can be corrected by further surgery. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
I am really worried about this flying thing to the point I checked with my specialist again because I have to fly numerous times about 10 weeks after surgery. He assures me it will be ok. Maybe the flying was just a coincidence - be careful next time just in case.
I will post again as soon as I can after surgery. Getting close now!!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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Thank you. What a shame about your husbands hearing. It must have been really disappointing to get it back then lose it. It sounds like something may have slipped out of place which hopefully can be corrected by further surgery. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
I am really worried about this flying thing to the point I checked with my specialist again because I have to fly numerous times about 10 weeks after surgery. He assures me it will be ok. Maybe the flying was just a coincidence - be careful next time just in case.
I will post again as soon as I can after surgery. Getting close now!!
Nickle
Hi Nickle
So I take it you did fly after your first stapedectomy and you did fine? I had a left ear stapedectomy in August of 2011, so 7 months ago. I have been traveling everywhere by car since. I know I will need to fly again so I am just looking for reassurance, not from my doctor, but from someone who had the surgery, flew and did fine. All I read about on here are stories of people who had problems with flying and lost their restored hearing. I appreciate your response and good luck with your next stapedectomy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #6
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Oh and one more thing, Nickle,
If you did fly, how long was it after your stapedectomy?

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Old 03-26-2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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Re: Over one month after stapedectomy - hearing is deteriorating

I know that patients who show initial improvement in hearing are good candidates for revisions. If his bone conduction test still shows good nerve function than I imagine you have reason to be optimistic. Really though, its complicated stuff and you should probably be discussing this with the surgeon.

I would suggest that you find out what kind of prosthesis they used. I believe there are two types (piston & wire) used currently, and of the two, the piston is considered to be superior by some of the more experienced surgeons.

If possible, find a surgeon that has done alot of stapedectomies. Ideally, find a guy that has experience with revisions.

 
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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Hi Christine
I have flown since my first surgery with no problems. I can't remember how long after though - I think it was about 6 months after. I am waiting in hospital now for 2nd stapedectomy but I will be flying in 10 weeks. I was really concerned about this but the specialist has reassured me that it is ok to fly 4-6 weeks after surgery. You would be absolutely ok to fly by now. I am sure there are many that do it and don't post on this site. We can only be guided by the experts! I will post after op and after flying to let all know how I went.
I understand about your nervousness and I too couldn't find much positive info on the subject. Hopefully I can post some good news in about 12 weeks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #9
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Hi Christine
I have flown since my first surgery with no problems. I can't remember how long after though - I think it was about 6 months after. I am waiting in hospital now for 2nd stapedectomy but I will be flying in 10 weeks. I was really concerned about this but the specialist has reassured me that it is ok to fly 4-6 weeks after surgery. You would be absolutely ok to fly by now. I am sure there are many that do it and don't post on this site. We can only be guided by the experts! I will post after op and after flying to let all know how I went.
I understand about your nervousness and I too couldn't find much positive info on the subject. Hopefully I can post some good news in about 12 weeks!
Nickle
Hi Nickle
Thank you so much for that information. I know I will be nervous the first time I fly which will be in about a month. I will let you know how it goes for me too. Good luck with your second stapedectomy. Have you had it yet?

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Old 04-18-2012, 05:19 AM   #10
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Hi Christine
I had the surgery on 27th March and all went very well - thankyou for asking. I have noticed a vast improvement in my hearing in the newly operated ear. I can now hear my husband snore (the bad part) but I can also hear the TV, music, the thud of the car engine etc. So far so good. I had some slight vertigo the first couple of days - the head was moving a few seconds after my body but it was considered minor and has gone away. I took no pain relief. Packing was taken out a week after.
At my follow up 1 week post op I asked the specialist again about the flying. He said it is definitely fine to fly after 6 weeks post surgery. He even told me not to worry about taking allergy tablets prior.
Apparently there is a very small risk in some patients that flying can cause a fistula -where fluid leaks which can result in some hearing loss. I questioned whether the risk was 1% and he said even less than 1% chance.
Anyway I am commited to fly at the end of June so I can report back after that - hopefully with good results. I am flying on small and large planes and on quite a few so I will be well equipped to provide the results on my return.
Good luck with your flight soon - relax and I am sure you will be able to report good results!!
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:45 AM   #11
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Hi Christine
I had the surgery on 27th March and all went very well - thankyou for asking. I have noticed a vast improvement in my hearing in the newly operated ear. I can now hear my husband snore (the bad part) but I can also hear the TV, music, the thud of the car engine etc. So far so good. I had some slight vertigo the first couple of days - the head was moving a few seconds after my body but it was considered minor and has gone away. I took no pain relief. Packing was taken out a week after.
At my follow up 1 week post op I asked the specialist again about the flying. He said it is definitely fine to fly after 6 weeks post surgery. He even told me not to worry about taking allergy tablets prior.
Apparently there is a very small risk in some patients that flying can cause a fistula -where fluid leaks which can result in some hearing loss. I questioned whether the risk was 1% and he said even less than 1% chance.
Anyway I am commited to fly at the end of June so I can report back after that - hopefully with good results. I am flying on small and large planes and on quite a few so I will be well equipped to provide the results on my return.
Good luck with your flight soon - relax and I am sure you will be able to report good results!!
Nickle
Thanks again, Nickle and congrats on your results so far. I have had excellent results too and just don't want to do anything to jeopardize my hearing. I wonder what happened with Sanguine who writes on here. I think he was about 4 months out from surgery and yet he lost his hearing after flying. (maybe the fistula you talked about?) Anyway, that is what scared me. In many cases, we have no choice but to fly. I guess I will find out next month and I will try not to worry. Definitely though if you have any kind of sinus or nasal congestion, take a decongestant before flying. My doctor told me that.
I was very dizzy immediately after my surgery but it rapidly went away. I had a few slight dizzy spells the next few days to weeks but nothing major and never really did have any pain except occasionally a sharp pain in my jaw. The most annoying thing was the loss of taste on the side and front of my tongue. It lasted quite a while and I think now that is gone for the most part (or maybe I have gotten used to it.)
I hope your hearing continues to improve! Thanks again,
Christine

 
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:46 PM   #13
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I flew round trip from Dallas to New York City and everything went fine. I did take pseudoephedrine and made sure to chew gum and swallow the whole time especially during take off and landing. Now I know I can fly successfully after stapedectomy. Thank you for your reassurances before. Because you had done fine, I felt much less anxious about my trip.

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:45 AM   #14
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Hi Christine
So glad everything went well. I am flying from Australia to the US soon and will be making 4 internal flights in the US. This will be the ultimate test 11 weeks post op!! I will let you know how I go.
I went to the Audiologist this week - great news - my operated ear is now in the normal range!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:17 PM   #15
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Hi Christine
So glad everything went well. I am flying from Australia to the US soon and will be making 4 internal flights in the US. This will be the ultimate test 11 weeks post op!! I will let you know how I go.
I went to the Audiologist this week - great news - my operated ear is now in the normal range!!
Nickle

Nickle

Wow, that is fantastic! Isn't it wonderful to hear in stereo again? I still think it's a miracle I can hear again. You will do fine, just be careful to swallow alot during the flight. I must have swallowed a thousand times during my four hour flight! Since you have been through it before, I'm sure you know what to do. Let me know how it goes.

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