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    Old 08-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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    Stapedectomy after lifelong hearing loss?

    This thread is for all of you who have had a Stapedectomy. Have any of you had a successful Stapedectomy on an ear that has lifelong hearing loss?

    I have a new ENT and Audiologist who think that I may be able to regain some hearing in an ear that has severe hearing loss with a Stapedectomy. I'm not sure if it is worth the cost of a CAT scan and surgery. I'm almost 39 and my brain does not have all the connections to be able to use any hearing I may gain. With the Stapedectomy and a hearing aid, they think I may be able to understand some speech in my bad ear. I'm trying to weigh whether or the potential for success is really there. I had an Audiologist tell me a couple years ago that any brain connections for hearing that aren't there by 40, well never be able to be developed. Even if I gained some hearing back, would I ever be able to be able to make good use of it to understand speech or tell direction?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

     
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