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all my childhood I was plagued by ear infections. I typicially had half a dozen or so every year. No one really gave it much thought, it was just the way it was.
When I was 10 years old I had tubes put in my ear for the first time. This was in the doctors office, I can remember the horrible feeling, not just physicial, but emotional as well. The doctors cut a small hole in my eardrum so they could drain fluid from behind it. I remember the terror that the novacane shots in my ear caused, I remember the terror that the scraping sound on my ear drum made, i remember the terror and pain the small suction device caused.
Approximatly 3 weeks later the doctor informed us that I was going to have to have a tube put in so the draining could continue. This time I was admitted to the hospital for day surgery, I was releived. No pain, In and out. 2 months later the tube fell out, this gave the doctors their first look of what the real problem was. A Choleteatoma behind my ear drum. Surgery was schedualed, my life changed forever.
I was 11 years old when I had my surgery. The surgery left me with an enlarged ear canal, where the doctor failed the reconstruction of my middle ear. Then Mastoid surgery where he thought he was sucessful with the reconstruction. all in all my surgery was 7 and a half hours, and 7 days in the hospital. I wasn't able to swim at all that summer, we lived on a lake, I was miserable.
For the next couple years my ear progrogressed my hearing improved, things got better. When I was 15 I fell in a hottub, My enlarged ear canal let the water in, I waf a massive infection, my life changed again. My parents bought me hearing aids, but the technology back then was limited. Over the past few years I've started talking to my Ear specialist about Hearing devices. He tells me I'm the perfect candidate for the Baha hearing aid. I've demo'd all kinds of devices, the Baha seems to work good....My biggest concern is its SOOOOO perminant! Having a titanium stud inserted into my head is so scary to me.
Hopefully this community will offer me the support that I need to make the best decision for me and my family.