Surgery was 10 weeks ago, and the first hearing follow up was today. They gave me an in depth hearing test. (frequencies, volume, speech discrimination).
First thing he said when I walked in the room after reviewing the results was "you have an angel on your shoulder". He was floored by the hearing I retained, and told me that they were sure I would be SSD when closing me up. He told me 3 times that I must have an angel. I thanked him profusely for his excellent work. I suspect luck and good fortune were on my side, but I know all too well how huge a part that the surgeon's skill plays into the results too. I guess the 'luck' part of it comes in that even *they* were surprised. He said I have "normal" hearing in my AN ear. I laughed and told him that no-it was far from normal. He clarified to say that yes, it's much different than my 'good' ear, but that it falls within the 'normal' range. I have some high frequencies that drop off on that side, but most were good.
I'm done with doctors/medical appts until early October, when I'll receive my first MRI following my surgery. I don't expect any surprises, as the neurosurgeon said he's confident he got it all.
Couldn't be happier. The results have exceeded my expectations tenfold. Although I'll never quite be the same after going through something like this (it changes you emotionally, etc), it's 'back to normal' in all aspects. Been running, kayaking, exercising, swimming, bike riding......you name it, I'm game!
Thanks for all of the support, question answering, and shoulders to cry on over the last few months. Some of it was hard to hear, but I was thankful to have the option/knowledge. I think this group has an amazing attitude, and I hope over the years to be able to provide hope to others going through this. It wasn't fun, but it's possible to come out of this A-OK.