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Hearing loss after ear surgery. Is this curable?

Hi Sumit, Long years back (about 10 yrs ago)I underwent for ear surgery for Left ear. Due to ear discharge , all the ear bones were damaged & in 3rd time operation, all the damaged bones were removed & stopped the ear discharing. After that operation I completely lost my hearing :( 1) Hearing can be restore in any other way....? 2) May be becose of ear nerves weakness, I lost hearing? 3) If the Ear bones are reconstructed, is it possible to restore the hearing? 4) How do I confirm if the ear nearves are become weak/dead? 5) How long will it take to restore the hearing after ear surgery (any surgery)? Thanks & Regards, NANDA
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

Let me first console you by mentioning that in all probability the doctor who performed the surgery wanted to clear your infection from the ear and first make you safe and only then worry about your hearing.

Unfortunately since you have mentioned that all the bones were destroyed and subsequently removed and also since it has been so long that the surgery was done, it is likely that the nerve of hearing has become weak and thats why you have the hearing loss.
A nerve once it becomes weak can usually not regain its strength as its recovery capacity is very limited.

You need to first find out by performing an audiometry whether your nerves are weak or not. If you have a conductive hearing loss or a mixed loss with good air bone gap then you may still have a chance for regaining hearing after surgery but this chance is remote. If anyway the audiometry demonstrates neural loss the unfortunately your only hope is a hearing aid.

get back to me with the reports of the audiometry and we shall see if we can help you out further


Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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