New on this community.
Just want to tell you about my experiences with otosclerosis and stapedectomy.
I got diagnosed while pregnant with my fourth child. I was 38 years old. I got hearing aids at that time as they couldn't operate while I was pregnant/breastfeeding and was told to come back a year later. A year later came and the ENT told me I wasn't eligible for a stapedectomy. That day I was very sad... Having to accept hearing aids for the rest of my life at age 39.
My hearing deteriorated very quickly and I needed hearing aids on both ears. Now at 42 might right ear was almost deaf - 70-90% gone and the left a little better with around 60% gone. Even with hearing aids life started to be difficult. I am a very outgoing person, working, meetings, socialising with lots of people around me and music, restaurants etc.
I decided to seek a second opinion and I am very glad I did. This ENT was willing to operate on my right ear - although telling me I might still need a hearing aid as there are also some senso-nerological loss that he can't make up for. He reckons he could bring it back to around 35% loss instead of the 75-90% loss. There would be so much more to work with even though i'd still wear a hearing aid.
So I have just had the stapedectomy on my right ear four days ago. I can't tell you how successful it has been just yet - time will tell. I didn't have much to lose on that ear so I wasn't nervous at all.
The recovery has been pretty awful though. Don't underestimate the dizziness. Hangovers from hell or being absolutely sea sick for days. Slowly getting better today on day four but have still had to lie down because the room was spinning.
Coming out of anaesthetics was pretty awful too. I was in a lot of pain and very nauseated for a few hours. I was curled up in a little ball crying (and I don't consider myself a whimp) - but they got it under control with Tramadols and Oxycodein.
That said, I was pain free the very next day and have only needed a couple of paracetamols. I am also taking antibiotics to prevent any infection.
My ear is full of cotton and packing, and the ear itself is swollen inside, so I can't hear anything yet. Except I noticed an aeroplane above me and I felt my 'bad' ear vibrating!! So exciting! The packing is due to come out in another 4 days and I am told hearing will slowly improve over the next 2 months.
I am full of hope - but I am so over being se sick!