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Stapedectomy/Otosclerosis

Hello, I just found out I have a moderate hearing loss due to OtosclerosisOtosclerosis. This came as a huge shock to me, I thought my ears were just plugged because of an inner ear infectioninner ear infection. I have a consultation with doc to discuss a stapedectomystapedectomy but I wanted to hear from people who have had the procedureprocedure
I have read many messages about how you all feel after surgerysurgery, how long it takes to heal etc.
But I was wondering how long before you could hear normally. My situation is a little different. Ironically, I am an Interpreter...for the Deaf. So this is very devastating to me as my ears are my career. How long after the surgery did any of you hear well? I'm wondering how much time I will need to take off.
I would appreciate any feedback at all.
Thanks, Lilly
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This is a question you need to ask the ENT that will be performing the surgery. I would guess that it all depends on several factors (your age, hearing status, severity of otosclerosis) but I would guess at least a few months.

One important thing to think about.... the benefit vs. risks of surgery, especially if your hearing is your career. Sometimes, if the surgery does not go as planned, your hearing could get worse. Maybe you should consider holding off on surgery and trying some hearing aids?
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I recently had a stapendectomy on my L ear. My doctor said, 'your surgery went perfect."  A follow up appointment with my doctor 2 weeks later showed water in the L ear & a retracted ear drum in R ear.  I was given  Patanase nasal spray to use  twice daily.  I have been stone deaf since the surgery! Being very concerned I made an early appointment, had a hearing test done by his audiologists & the findings were nerve damage! I am on a 2 week Predisone treatment, praying this will give me some hearing back!  The doctor said, "if you recover any hearing, it will be worse than your hearing before the operation."  But, there is only a short time frame where hearing loss is reversible! Never dreamed I would be the 1-2% that experience nerve damage...It has been a nightmare!  Hearing aides are to way to go!  Never, never, never have this surgery.  
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