I’ve had problems with my hearing since I was in Jr High. There was a lot of surgery and since then I’ve had a mild to moderate hearing loss in my right ear and a severe to profound loss in my left ear. I haven’t usually worn hearing aids, I’m just good at accomidating my disability by reading lips and being a very proactive listenener.
With COVID-19 and folks (rightly) wearing masks all the time it’s gotten really hard to read lips.
That aligned with my every 5 years or so trip to see an ENT and see what the latest is on reconstruction. When I was a kid they were still using cadaver bones which has a fairly short lifespan and carried some other risks. What they’ve settled on in the last 10 years or so are these little titanium jobs that look like a potato masher. Basically it does the job that my bones of hearing would be doing, those bones having been removed 27 years ago.
I’m now 16 days post-surgery and it’s been a success in my opinion. I don’t meet with my surgeon for another month and a bit, but things are sounding pretty good. Work has been busy as heck, the kids are happy & healthy and I’m happy as a clam.
I’m doing a video series on my personal YouTube channel about the surgery and recovery. My most recent update is below and you can see the whole ear surgery playlist here.