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    Old 06-13-2014, 08:40 AM   #1
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    Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    I'm one week post op and i'm almost regretting having the surgery done.

    I had the packing taken out on Wednesday and it's been awful ever since. I have the feeling of constant pressure and it sounds like people are talking to me in a microphone. Everything is EXTREMELY loud and I cringe everytime someone talks, it's so loud. Is this normal??

     
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    Old 06-17-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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    Re: Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    I have read -- both here on the forum and in some paperwork I received from my surgeon -- that some sounds can be very loud post-op, and that this is considered normal. Bear in mind that it could take several weeks for this to subside.

    As for the pressure, that's also normal as far as I know. It's probably just due to the fluid behind your eardrum. I had quite a bit of pressure in my ear for the first couple weeks, but it eventually eased off.

     
    Old 06-17-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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    Re: Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    Thank you so much for replying. Still no relief in the noise department, everything is extremely loud. Some of the things that are painfully unbearable is the sound of the road while driving in the car, the sound of a fan, the dog barking and blow during my hair. I called the drs office today and told the nurse how I'm feeling, she spoke with the specialist and he said he doesn't know why I'm having this and to come in for a hearing test. I would like to think that a specialist that has done 600 plus of this surgery would have a clue or maybe be a little more concerned.
    The pressure has gotten better, so I'm assuming that was due to the swelling.

    I was told I was a perfect candidate due to being a healthy 42 year old woman with classic otosclerosis. At this moment I wish I would've gone with a hearing aid

     
    Old 06-17-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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    Re: Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    Regarding my previous post, I could only comment based on what I had read, and most of that indicated that sound sensitivity usually diminishes within a few (sometimes several) weeks. However, I am glad you contacted your surgeon's office for a professional opinion. Please let me know what you find out! I hope whatever you are experiencing is something that can be resolved without further intrusion into the ear.

    Good luck!

     
    Old 07-28-2014, 05:45 PM   #5
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    Re: Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    Hi, I hope that by now you have felt some sort of relief. I remember with my first surgery (13 years ago) that EVERYTHING was insanely loud. I didn't know how I was going to adjust. But somehow, I did. Now I am only 3 days post op on the other ear surgery, and I can't wait for that same burst of hearing again. It's just amazing to me, how much actual sound we were missing out on. Hope things are going well for you.

     
    Old 08-09-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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    Re: Stapedectomy- Is this normal????

    I had stapedotomy 10 days ago and have same response. EVERYTHING is SO LOUD. However understanding of voices is very low. What I have read encorages me about the future but not sure how thats going to happen. I think I may have to wear a hearing protector an that side in many situations.

     
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