Hi, Laura ~
Nice avatar photo.
I considered myself to be SSD about a year prior to my diagnosis. At that point I reluctantly acknowledged that my hearing had been gradually diminishing (in my left ear) for some time and I could no longer 'use' that ear when on the phone. Foolishly, I just accepted it as a manifestation of 'age". Fortunately, my hearing had been excellent up until then and my right ear continued to be highly functional. Today, three years post op, I've completely adjusted to being SSD. I compensate in small ways and although the hearing loss is an impediment, I don't consider it a handicap. If it ever became intolerable, there is always the option of acquiring a BAHA.
Franky, I have some doubts about the hearing in the unaffected ear actually improving, but I could be wrong about that. My admittedly unprofessional guess is that, as we begin to totally depend on the one 'good' ear for hearing, it gives us the perception that we're hearing
more from that ear when, in fact, we're simply depending
on it - a lot
more. Just a supposition. As I stated, I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time. Jim