I'm really struggling to accept that I will be severely deaf in one ear for the rest of my life. I first lost my hearing in my left ear about 10 years ago due to otosclerosis, but had a stapedectomy operation which restored much of my hearing. Then, just over a year ago, I woke up one day with 'sudden hearing loss'. After several visits to ENT, I was told my deafness was nerve damage this time & nothing could be done!! I'm finding it really hard to cope with it, a hearing aid is not really helping. I would like to know if this recent hearing loss is likely to be linked to the problem I had in the past?