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    I underwent an elective exploratory tympanotomy canalplasty atticotomy mastoidotomy and myringotomy and 2 tube insertion in my right ear In retrospect if I had it to do over again I would not have had the operation The operation had a large impact on my body which persisted for several months My right ear has never been the same It used to be my good ear Following the operation my hearing level dropped to below 40 decibels I continue to experience about 3 ear infections a year Apparently I have a malformed auditory tube in my right ear which I am told accounts for this Question Do you know of any research being done to improve hearing following a mastoid operation Would digital hearing aids help Thanks for your interest Wow What a trial I am sorry for the hearing difficulty you have experienced I have to believe that such extensive exploratory surgery was recommended to investigate ongoing pathology chronic infection cholesteotoma in that left ear and that the inspection of the area showed the necessity of the canalplasty atticotomy and mastoidotomy Further failure to perform these procedures would have left you vulnerable to still more serious problems However you are

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    About this site Ask the Audiologist Industry News Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Subject Flu related hearing problem From RM Hi I am one of those unfortunate people who have hearing loss and ringing of the ear from the flu Is there a cure a hope to stop the ringing and gain my normal hearing back Dear R Unfortunately the flu virus often attacks the auditory nerve and causes permanent damage After the illness there is usually some but not usually complete recovery The longer the time that passes the less likelihood for improvement The ringing you have is a symptom of the nerve damage Once again complete relief is not likely Just like itching can come and go most people with Tinnitus ringing experience times when the sound goes away Fatigue tension exposure to loud noise can all make the ringing seem louder and more annoying There are devices which you can wear to try to cover up the ringing sound They are called Tinnitus maskers and can be obtained from

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    Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Subject Holes in both ear drums From B Hi I am writing to see if anything can be done about holes in both of my eardrums I was born with holes in them I m 33 right now and every now and then I get ringing in my ears and fluid leaks out of my ears I ve been to two doctors who want to do surgery on both of my ears What is the risk in this Dear B If you have had holes in both eardrums for 33 years I would say that the prognosis for successfully closing them is pretty poor I am surprised that none of the doctors you have consulted has conducted hearing testing That should show you the amount of hearing loss and what portion if any represents permanent nerve damage They also can test how effectively your Eustachian tube functions I have read that if there is good Eustachian tube function then there is an 80 chance of success for

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    show that there is no medical reason for the hearing impairment He was treated for a possible ear infection the first week then put on a week of steroids Of course this was 3 months ago now Are there any medical treatments or devices to help assist with his hearing My husband is 35 years old and we have 3 children He hears a constant ringing and says it would be better if his ear was completely silenced He hears no auditory verbal spoken sounds He is a lot more irritable since little noises effect him so much more Is there anything we could or should do Sincerely SP Dear SP You folks have done exactly the right thing consulted an ear doctor to help determine the cause of the sudden hearing loss The MRIs have helped to rule out the possibility of an acoustic nerve tumor as the cause of the sudden change in his hearing Other possibilities include such things as high cholesterol levels which create build up of plaque in the blood vessels to the ear Management of the cholesterol and the use of medications to thin the blood and improve circulation are some of the treatments used in these cases In other instances viral infections are located in the inner ear the nerve portion and cause sudden changes in hearing function Again the doctors usually use steroids as you have already been advised blood thinners and blood vessel dilators to improve circulation In yet other instances they believe that the problem is caused by a vascular spasm I must confess that as an audiologist I am not sure I am clear on what this is but it is a diagnosis given on some of our patients In all instances immediate treatment usually gives the best chance

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    Hearing Groups AHAA AAA ASHA BHI SHHH Industry People Archives Hearing Aid Technology Digital HA History Older Hearing Aids Adapto Axent Claro Canta7 Digital 5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Subject Sudden hearing loss 3 days ago From BD I had a cold ten days ago and suddenly within a half hour I could not hear anything in my left ear I called the doctor and he prescribed bactrim and a cough medicine with a decongestant Three days ago I called the doctor again and told him I still could not hear in my left ear It has a very full feeling and a kind of roaring He basically told me to take my medicine and call back in four days if it was not better I am 46 and have never had anything like this in my life I hope it is just temporary from my cold but am a little concerned that there is no improvement even though my cold is better Thank you BD Dear Betty I think you are right to be concerned Rather than just call get yourself an appointment with an ear doctor otologist otolaryngologist or even otorhinolaryngologist Part of your

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    the inability to find a competent doctor or hearing aid specialist Is there a type of hearing loss that makes it possible to hear conversations but not to understand what is being said It doesn t always seem to be a matter of volume but of clarity She was referred to an ENT doctor by her primary care physician I have been trying to prompt the idea of a visit to an audiologist Is there a way to find one other than walking thru the yellow pages The relative in question lives in a retirement community in IL She s been the Miracle Ear route and currently has an aid with a remote control which she finds annoying Nothing she s tried has seemed to work Can you PLEASE advise on this Many many thanks LWW Dear LWW How very frustrating First let s draw a parallel between various types of visual problems Near sightedness or farsightedness are pretty basic and very successfully helped by proper glasses However individuals with cataracts will still have foggy vision even with glasses Those with macular degeneration have distorted perception of what they see with blind spots as well Well in hearing loss problems of volume are quite easy to fix with amplification But many folks with hearing loss also have distortion in what they hear The distortion takes place within the neurological pathways of the auditory system and there is little that we can do externally to correct the distortion since the sound must still travel that same auditory pathway This does not mean that hearing aids are not helpful Given the damaged auditory system as clear and comfortable a signal as possible is of great benefit but it can not do the whole job Encourage your relative to think of using a

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    5000 Songbird Trano Widex DIVA Widex Senso Q A Subject Neuro Fibroma From Ed I have recently been diagnosed with a fibroma on the auditory nerve that showed up on an MRI The MRI was a result of an auto accident during which I suffered a mild concussion and soft tissue damage The doctor indicated that the mass was not caused by the accident but could have been aggravated by it What type of specialist should I seek out I have had a hearing loss pronounced in the high frequencies for 10 years that is getting progressively worse Your help would be appreciated Dear Ed There are two schools of thought on how to deal with a fibroma Typically they are extremely slow growing and may even have been present at birth They are seldom cancerous Therefore if they are not interfering with your life many times the decision is to simply monitor though periodic MRI s However if the fibroma is large enough or positioned such that it impacts other nerve function such as balance or gait then it is usually removed The physician to do that is a neuro otologist You want to seek out such a physician

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    Robert I woke up with complete hearing loss in one ear I m 46 yrs old and in excellent shape There was no fever or infection Subsequent MRI s show nerve is in good shape After 3 weeks audiologist confirmed a 15 30 improvement in hearing across the spectrum They have scheduled me for another audiologist test after 8 weeks No treatment in the meantime The hearing is slowly improving but sometimes it feels like I m going backwards and losing it At this rate till take a long time if at all I m just wondering if there are additional tests to determine the source of the problem I did some strenuous yoga exercises before this happened and am wondering if that could be the cause I also had exposure to high winds on a boat prior to this Will I ever recover from this I d like to hear from people who have been through this Thanks Jay Dear Jay That strenuous yoga is suspicious Such activities can cause a membrane of the INNER ear to rupture The turbulence of fluid loss can cause damage to the hair cells of the inner ear and result in permanent loss

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