Otosclerosis At the Worst Possible Time!!

while I understand there is NO good time to experience hearing loss, I experienced dramatic hearing loss the summer before I entered Law School!! it was devestating to go to class and not be able to hear a word the professors were saying, and to add insult to injury, when I went to the Law School administration for help, NO ONE would help me!!  I was away from home for the first time, and felt so alone, a period of time that was already set to be one of the most stressful of my life, and I had added stressors on top of it. I had no health insurance, I knew no one, and was all alone!  I FINALLLY nearly a year later acquired insurance through the school thanks to GOD, and was eventually given an assumed diagnosis of otosclerosis by the otolaryngologist.  I have a stapedectomy scheduled for Friday July 20, 2007.  Has anyone ever had a stapedectomy before?  and what's scary is that the doctor can't give me a definite diagnosis until he looks around in there.  Well here are my symptoms, can anyone else relate to these?

1. sudden drastic hearing loss [although my hearing has never been the best, it took a drastic turn for the worst last summer--I initially had drastic loss in my left ear only, like 3 years ago, but it moved to my right ear last summer]
2. sounds like wind blowing through my ears, this is what my doctor calls tinnitus
3. I can actually hear very well [better than everyone else I know] in noisy environments like a restaurant or bar.
DeafInMadison DeafInMadison
26-30, F
2 Responses Jun 19, 2007

If you want kids, it is best for you to have stapes after you have given birth to your last child. This is because the bones inplants - the stapes that the doctor puts in- will probably rupture during childbirth and cause you permanent total hearing loss. You could always plan a C-section to avoid this problem, but there is still that risk the baby will come - unplanned (as many babies do) through natural birth.<br />
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I also can hear better at nightclubs, it certainly is an added advantage. But I have hearing aids and I usually wear my hearing aids to nightclubs because I forget to take them off! They are a god send. Before I had them I felt completely isolated. My friends love me but they always rolled their eyes because I never quite understood parts of the conversation. I felt so out of it. I'd become less and less social and was constantly frustrated at not hearing my lecturers, or normal conversations. Hearing aids have changed my life and I can hear everything again. The TV is now normal volume, and people can whisper to me without me saying "WHAT?" Try them!

I would highly recommend you check out hearing aides first. I had a stapedectomy that went bad. It killed my cochlea completely and I had to have a BAHA implant in my skull. Now the other ear is going. I may have to have a cochlear implant. I am supposedly the exception, but I have heard many stories like this. If I could do it all over again, I would go hearing aides only.