I am considering treatment options. I currently have no serviceable hearing on my AN side. No word recogntion. I happened to have lost my midddle range frequencies, whch are the speech-related ones.
However, I am not completely absolutely deaf on that side.
I wonder, if I have translab, will I tell a deifference in the minimal amt. of hearing I have no, which is of no use to me, as opposed to complete deafness on that side? The reason that I ask is because most docs look at my auidograms and immediately reccommend translab, but there is one who says that it is his philosophy that something is always better than nothing, and he thinks that with the way my particular AN looks, I may be able to keep what little hearing I have left, and he would prefer to do retrosig as opposed to deciding to sacrifice the hearing outright. He says HIS results with retrosig and the facial nerve are at least as good as, if not better than with translab.
I am confused. Facial nerve is absolutely by far and away the most important thing to me. However, I tend to agree that I would rather have 2% of my hearing rather than 0%, as long as no additional risks would be introduced.