I had a stapedectomy in right ear 7 years ago. Tinnitus was present at a very loud volume immediately after the surgery. My surgeon told me that my ear was under trauma and the tinnitus may dissapate. I waited 6 months and he performed a revision. It seems as though my apparatus from the stapedectomy had shifted in my ear.THE REVISION SURGERY PROVED TO BE USELESS. I now suffer from anxiety and depression, which are side affects of tinnitus. I take ambien to sleep, fluxotine for depression and xanax for anxiety. I cannot sleep through the night because of the noise in my head. I cannot focus or concentrate. I have constant headaches, I went back to my surgeon to see if he would sign offf on disability paperwork -fmla, which would help secure my job because of more than 4 abscences in a year- and he said " let's not be in such a hurry".
6 and 1/2 years of screeching , night and day- nonstop- and he wants me to be more patient. He ordered a tinnitus screening , which he defered to an audiologist, which turned into a hearing aid sales pitch. He basically said " tinnitus is like your wedding ring, you don't remember it's there until you think about it"
So after all the ranting- I now ask my questions- does anyone have any experience similar to mine? How do you cope with the tinnitus? If anyone has had a stapedectomy and developed tinnitus, did a hearing aid help with the tinnitus. I hear good in most cases but still do better when I look at the person speaking.
I have since found out revision stapedectomies are only succesful 20% of the time. I am now in the process to file for disability as I cannot work with this debilitating noise. Any help or advice? Anyone?