Six years ago I was diagnosed with otosclerosis in the right ear. I don’t know what my audiogram looked like (can’t find it), but I heard a very loud tone all the time and everyone sounded like they were speaking to me through a metal pipe. Enough to drive a person insane.
Researched surgery options and preferred the Laser Stamp procedure over the normal Stapedectomy. Much less invasive, in my opinion. In the Laser Stamp procedure (Laser Stapedotomy minus prosthesis) they go in through the ear drum, use a laser to remove the side of the stapes that is frozen, then close up. That’s it. But just like the stapedectomy there is a 40% chance that the nerve of taste will have to be cut.
Had the procedure done. They cut the nerve of taste. After one week they removed the packing. Two days after that I got my hearing back. At my one month audiogram, I could hear perfectly and heard no ringing whatsoever. It’s like I never had anything wrong. But it took one year for me to get back all of my sense of taste. But it is back. So as far as I’m concerned Laser Stamp for otosclerosis is the best! Not many doctors do this procedure though. I had to go to Florida.
But now I have otosclerosis in my left ear. Apparently the nerve of taste in my right ear never grew back, and I just got used to having only a nerve of taste on the left side. So no surgery for me this time. Don’t want to lose my sense of taste permanently. So this time, hearing aid for me. I’m getting one now and as my condition worsens, I’ll get the hearing aid adjusted. Hopefully that will keep the tinnitus at bay.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.