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    Hi everybody

    Im 22 years old I had a stapedectomy, done when I was 19, I have never worn a hearing aid previously, I only have the left ear affected so far, when I was 10 they diagnose my hearing problem and I had an MRI scan and they said part of my ear nerve was dead due to a thrombosis, and then when I was 18 they finally diagnosed me with otosclerosis, I have a lot of questions for my ENT specialist as it seems all of you understand a lot more than me even down to the test results I have no clue about which is my fault for not informing myself correctly...
    anyway since the op I have suffered for some weird thing (Only way I know to describe it)
    1. I cannot tell where sound is coming from especially high pitches i.e mobile phone, I can spend a lot of time finding where a sound is coming from.
    2. I cant go anywhere with loud noises I hear double from the operated ear. it becomes very uncomfortable.

    I gather my hearing is getting worse and I also understand with nerve damage only so much can be repaired, I have an appointment in June with the specialist and I wonder is any of this normal and is there anything I should be asking for??

    Also for any women out there I use an depoprogovera an anticontraceptive, I read there is a side affect that can make the illness advance faster, Ihave mentioned this to the gyne and my ENT but they arent sure..

    Thank you all

    P.s I live in Spain, dont know if that helps at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by chessca View Post
    Hi everybody

    Im 22 years old I had a stapedectomy, done when I was 19, I have never worn a hearing aid previously, I only have the left ear affected so far, when I was 10 they diagnose my hearing problem and I had an MRI scan and they said part of my ear nerve was dead due to a thrombosis, and then when I was 18 they finally diagnosed me with otosclerosis, I have a lot of questions for my ENT specialist as it seems all of you understand a lot more than me even down to the test results I have no clue about which is my fault for not informing myself correctly...
    anyway since the op I have suffered for some weird thing (Only way I know to describe it)
    1. I cannot tell where sound is coming from especially high pitches i.e mobile phone, I can spend a lot of time finding where a sound is coming from.
    2. I cant go anywhere with loud noises I hear double from the operated ear. it becomes very uncomfortable.

    I gather my hearing is getting worse and I also understand with nerve damage only so much can be repaired, I have an appointment in June with the specialist and I wonder is any of this normal and is there anything I should be asking for??

    Also for any women out there I use an depoprogovera an anticontraceptive, I read there is a side affect that can make the illness advance faster, Ihave mentioned this to the gyne and my ENT but they arent sure..

    Thank you all

    P.s I live in Spain, dont know if that helps at all
    I'm no expert but number 2 sounds like recruitment which I suffer from in my right ear only. Might be because of your hearing nerve being affected but again I, no expert

    Recruitment refers to a condition related to some hearing loss.

    Recruitment causes your perception of sound to be exaggerated. Even though there is only a small increase in the noise levels, sound may seem much louder and it can distort and cause discomfort. Someone with recruitment can have problems only with specific sounds and frequencies or may have problems with all sound in general.

    The theory of recruitment is that as the hair cells in your cochlea become ineffective, they "recruit" their (still working) neighbor hair cells to "hear" the frequency the damaged hair cell was supposed to hear, in addition to the frequency the still working hair cell was supposed to hear. This increases the signal from the still working hair cells.

    The sounds reaching our brains appear to be much louder that normal. This is because the recruited hair cells still function in their original critical bands and also in the adjacent one(s) they have been recruited into.

    The net effect is that people who have recruitment along with their hearing loss will experience an increasingly narrow range between the softest sound they can hear (caused by the hearing loss) and the loudest sound they can comfortably tolerate (caused by the recruitment).

    Not everyone with hearing loss also has recruitment. It's a condition of the hair cells and their nerve endings in the cochlea. So, people whose hearing loss comes from other sources (such as conductive losses or nerve losses not involving the cochlea may not experience recruitment.

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