I am 53 days post-op. I feel pretty good most days, though some days I feel fatigued and more dizzy. PT told me not to come back because they have done all they can for me and I hit all my goals. I can drive, though I have not had much use for it with the coronavirus lockdowns. I have no headaches (unless I push it too much) and the congestion I felt for the first 4-5 weeks post-op has cleared up, so my head feels normal weight again. I still have some dizziness when walking but each day gets better in micro ways. Tinnitus dropped back down to pre-op levels about 10 days ago and that is much more manageable, and I only get rushes of increased volume after long conference calls. I do office work and work from home, and I started back 1 week post-op at about 10%, and each week I increased about 10%, so I am now able to work full-time with some long breaks sneaked-in during the day. I could probably even travel and manage customer meetings if I needed to, though I know that would fatigue me. Still working on my stamina by walking 1-2 miles each day. Ok, so now for the hearing: the doctor, of course, was right. While I had great hopes that most of the hearing would return after my congestion went away, it did not. I did get a little improvement and a cheap Amazon hearing amplifier has been useful when I need it, though I am anxious to get to an audiologist and test some quality hearing aids to see how they work for me. I don't see the need for BAHA or CI in my case. My surgery side helps enough with the other side to function just fine, but I will be avoiding loud places (concerts/sporting events) perhaps for the rest of my life to protect my best ear.
If I can get out of this with 100% of the tumor gone (MRI in 30 days to confirm what doctors said immediately after surgery), balance back to normal, no headaches, no facial nerve issues, and a simple hearing aid to give some help when I want/need it, I will feel like one of the luckiest AN people out there. Plus I have a bad-ass scar to fabricate some stories about as an icebreaker.