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Good to read about others experiences but it all seems to be very individual. I had my operation in my left ear 3 weeks ago. I was very surprised that it took me over a week to feel able to move around. I had the packing removed 5 days a go and still can not hear- Disappointing as it seems that most seem to get some hearing back when the packing is removed. I am still feeling dizzy/motion sickness, and hiccups are like mini explosions in my head. I have been told that it takes time but am feeling very frustrated.

I am looking for some reassurance that all will be well and I have underestitmated my recovery time. I have been off work for three weeks and having returned to day I am think I should not have been so keen.

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    hi, just wonderin how your hearing is now after a few months? I too have had a stapedectomy 2 weeks ago now, but although packin has been removed, i still cant hear, i just feel as if my ear is blocked. id my op in aberdeen, and seem to have similar symptoms as you, also i have no tatse in my mouth. please tell me if this is all normal and how your hearing is now? im wishing id never got it done at this moment and time.
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    where were these operations done?

    I'm on a waiting list.

    Metallic taste is Normal for a while as they Move a Nerve going to the tongue out if the way during surgery. It is Nearly always temporary.

    I'm guessing it takes at least 6 weeks for the swelling to reduce before the sucess of the op can be determined.

    I guess How bad the hearing was initially makes a difference. I need a revision, I can make out sound, but voices are very difficult, However, I found after 3 months my Better R ear has compensated for some Loss in L. Took that Long! I feel normal now, but as the hearing is Non-existant In one ear, I will have the op, and post the result.

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    its nearly a month since my op in aberdeen by dr ram. i feel fine now and my hearin is great-actually im telling my family not to shout ( although they are talking normal). i hear all the background noises that i never picked up before. i very pleased with my op. just goes to show these things take time and we have to give them a chance to work. i was very downhearted at the start, it has taken nearly 4wks for me to get hearing again, i am past the dizzy stage and goin back to work next wk. good luck with your op.
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    Thanks for replying. Just been away. I am getting used to being deaf now, my okay ear is getting me by.

    I have to keep say \"what\" though when ppl sit on my bad side.

    I dont feel like socialising, even though its easier to hear in noisy bars!

    1st appointment is beginning of Jan. Its so worrying, but I think the hearing is so bad even slight improvement is worth the risk.

    I'm glad its worked, hopefully they can do something with mine too

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    As a musician and a cyclist, and a very good standard at each, the decision to operate to cure my deafness was not easy. After the op, sickness, deafness (still) and a complete loss of taste led me to believe that I'd made a terrible mistake. It took about four months to learn how to hear - that's the only way I can describe it. I also learned quickly how bad my cooking is, and resumed my musical and cycling careers. The music was difficult, because the newly operated ear was at a different pitch than the 'normal' ear. However, about six months later it just sort of worked properly. I really don't know how better to describe it.

    Does this help ?

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    Thanks It was Helpful

    It's been 6 months since loss, I have become accustomed to the single sided deafness, i think your brain compensates after 3 months.

    Went to the specialist today, apparently I never had a stapendectomy, but a ossiculoplasty. They are re-doing it in 2 weeks. Also I dont have otosclerosis, it was caused by repeated ear infections as a child.

    Surgeon was amazing, a few tests and look inside they knew what the problem was.

    I have a 60-70 chance of Improvement. I think its worth the risk, i'm going for it. Hopefully i'll be the 2 in 3. I expect the recovery to take several weeks/months reading these posts & would be happy with modest improvement, just so I can listen to music, you don't realise what u have til it's gone!

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