Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ear Surgery--Continuous series from old blog home

Today has marked the 11st since my ear surgery has taken place. I have been blogging about this horrifying experience since using old blog through MSNSpace (http://indypondering.spaces.live.com/), so for more details, please visit my old site. This surgery is called Stapedectomy (http://www.earsurgery.org/surgoto.html), and it is a hell of our latest medical technology I have to applaude. I've been diagnosed of this symptom about a year and a half, which causes hearing loss on both ears. I have inherited this interesting diagnosis from my maternal side of family, and yes, this hearing loss will usually develop during your early adult. Mine has shown up when I was about 27 years old. The only reason I continue writing about this is because I find it useful for those who might have it, and that there are only three options you can choose from in order to fix it. 1) Get hearing aid and wear 2) Live with it (since it is not a fetal symptom or anything that requires medical attention if you feel that you can live with 30% hearing if not worse.) 3) Get Stapedectomy surgery like one I've got. Those who experience hearing loss will not know their option and how to treat without taking your first step and next, which include visit your local audiologist to obtain a hearing evaluation, consult the hearing test with both audiologist and ENT, obtain blood test, and obtain CT scan of your head/neck. Basically ENT should be the first to talk to and that he or she will walk you through the process. I have come across this accidentially. I must say that I got lucky to find out because I have had this difficulty hearing in the past two year and thought it only happened since I have had sinus issues my entire life. I discuss my concern with ENT, and finally he felt that there was something wrong with me that had nothing to do with sinus, so he sent me to get hearing test, blood drawn as well as CT scan. After the result, it shown that I have this Stapedectomy going on. I took me a few month to make up my mind for the surgery since medications are not an option to cure this. This operation has been pretty successful so far, and you have got to be surprised by the outcome of it. See, I did not know much about how we hear and all that kind of stuff until it happens to me. Once you have a hearing loss, it is horrible. Since my right ear has been fixed, I will have to wait for another year before doing the left one. Value your hearing before you lose it and hey! get your hearing tested once a year.

4 comments:

Clay Bethelbridge said...

Ewwww thats gross, Matt.

OakMonster said...

Feel better already! Do I need to send you homemade cookies too?? (Seriously though, had to bake some for a friend in NYC. Let me know if you want 'em. Hehe).

Pondering said...

Can you really send cookies via mail? I'm curious. By the way, I actually get much better. I'm just whinny..that's all:D

OakMonster said...

Oh yes, darling. Sure can! Email me your address and I'll ship them once I bake for Leyla. Too hot in CA right now to turn the oven on. (Yes, Hot. In the beginning of the frelling fall.) But soon!