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Melanie B, 20, melliebrown@hotmail.com
Just before the summer of 2006 I noticed that I couldn't hear through my right ear. I can't quite remember when I noticed it so i presume that it was a gradual process. I didn't go to the doctor's right away.. thinking it had something to do with my recently discovered asthma and the ever ongoing colds i had been experiencing. It actually took me till the end of November to seek help because it was annoying me. I couldn't stand the deafness and it was interfering with my university as it was hard for me to hear the lectures which were held without a microphone. So i ended up visiting my GP and he said there was nothing to worry about and to go and see him in three months time if nothing had changed. Within a week i was back at his office not happy with his diagnosis, this time after he looked he advised me to go to hospital and have it looked at. So that is what I did not expecting it to be anything serious for i was not experiencing any pain or other symptoms. There I was told within a matter of minutes that it looked like I had a 'chronic ear infection' and that i probably needed surgery 3 months. I didn't quite understand what they were talking about and didn't think to much of it. They made an appointment for me to have a scan a couple of weeks after that. Two days after the scan I had a tingling sensation on the right side of my face my mother made me go in to hospital and there i was told there was nothing to worry about. I think it was about a week later when i got the results from the scan presented to me by the doctor i totally freaked out. It turned out that I had something called a cholesteatoma the infection in my ear was so bad that it was pressing on my facial nerve. The doctor wanted me to get operated on as soon as possible. As soon as possible was bout 2 months later as the waiting lists here in Holland are quite long. My operation was last Monday I had to stay in hospital overnight and the next morning the doctor finally told me what he had done and what he had found. He had removed the infected area and the 'cholesteatoma' he had replaced to out of the three bones in my ear (don't know what they are called) and replaced them with artificial ones. The infection was far worse than he had initially expected. This came as a surprise to me for I had had no pain or other symptoms than hearing loss. It's Friday now and I'm dizzy and my ear hurts but the operation went well and even though they've placed a 'tampon' (as the doctor called it) in my ear, i'm noticing that i can hear surprisingly well. I'm a bit annoyed though that i cannot wash my hair at the moment for it is starting to get greasy. When watching the tv I don't have to have the volume on full blast. Next Wednesday the stitches and the 'tampon' will be removed. I hope that I'll really notice a difference in regards to my hearing. Today finally I'm aloud to remove my 'Rambo' bandage. So that is what I'm going to do now. Really liked reading about other people's experiences with it. I'm sorry that I'm not really able to give the medical words to what the doctor did but I can't help it it's hard to translate from dutch into english.