Mastoidectomy and Tympanoplasty Surgery

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I had cholesteatoma surgery 5 weeks ago. The surgeon removed the cholesteatoma and completed a radical mastoidectomy and rebuilt a new eardrum for me. Two weeks after he removed the ear packing, and I am scheduled to return to his office at week 8 for a hearing test, currently I can only hear maybe 5% I hear low tones and very little at high volumes. I assume there is deep ear packing in the ear that needs to dissolve but has anyone else seen an improvement in hearing before 8 weeks? I have significant anxiety that the surgery was a failure. I have significant tinnitus in that ear and I can feel the same symptoms happening in my good ear. Is there any hope for me?

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    Hi Christine,

    I sure hope you ill regain your hearing. Did the tinnitus occur before you got the cholesteatoma? And you say you still have the tinnitus? Why was the mastoidectomy done?

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    Hi Christine,

    I myself had this surgery in April due a recurring cholesteatoma. The packing can be an absolute nightmare in itself, can't it?

    With regards to my hearing following both surgical procedures, like yours, my hearing was very poor. Following my two week follow-up when packing was removed my hearing improved drastically. Hearing tests have shown that my hearing is now at the same pre-op levels. Sadly though I am still dealing with tinnitus.

    Good luck with everything!

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