My ear healed pretty quickly, so I didn’t worry about it much. However, at a routine check-up later that year, my doctor noticed an abnormal growth behind my right eardrum. He sent me to an ENT specialist, who identified the growth as a cholesteatoma. It was small, but it could quickly grow and damage my middle ear, so it would need to be removed immediately.
The surgeon used a microsurgery approach that left my middle ear intact, so my hearing wasn’t noticeably affected. However, at a 6 month check-up, my ENT specialist found that the cholesteatoma had grown back, and was now causing damage to the bones of my middle ear. I had to have a second surgery to remove the cholesteatoma again. However, this time my surgeon had to remove the damaged part of my middle ear as well.
I Wanted to Hear!
My audiologist told me that I might want to consider getting a middle ear implant. I hadn’t heard of them before, but as she explained how it worked, I knew I had to find out more. I met with my ENT specialist, who confirmed that I would be a good candidate for the VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE implant.
I spent the next few weeks reading about the implant system and watching clips from other recipients. My friends and family were very supportive, and I didn’t want to wait any longer. We scheduled the implant surgery for later that month. The surgery went quickly and I was back home just a couple of days later. The hardest part was waiting for my audio processor to be activated—I wanted to hear!
So Much Changed...
When my audiologist turned on my audio processor for the first time, everything that had been missing over the past year came flooding back. Sounds were clear and crisp; I couldn’t believe it was so amazing. My fiancée’s voice was so bright and lively—I’ll never forget that moment.
I’m so grateful that I have my life back, and that I’m able to feel like myself again. Losing my hearing was so sudden and really threw my life off balance, but my implant brought back my hearing, and even more, my happiness. I’ve had my implant for almost two years now, and there’s no way I’d give it up.