stapedectomy and age
I am a 71 year old woman who has had one successful stapedectomy (for otosclerosis in my right ear) and am considering one in my left ear, now. The first one lasted 10 yrs. but now I'm getting hearing loss there. And, I am also getting hearing loss in my left ear that had been good til last year. My ENT doctor is not recommending a stapedectomy for the left ear and thinks the risks may be too great, and a hearing aid might be all I need. And he wouldn't operate on the right ear that has already had a stapedectomy because "in most cases there is not much improvement." He is not the doctor who did the first operation.
I am in good health now and anticipate many more years of life, but don't know if a hearing aid would be adequate if I feel the risks are too great and don't go for the operation.