Debris, Infection, Hearing loss, back to Palo Alto.........

posted Feb 7, 2018, 8:22 PM by Ashley Henke

Debris, Infection, Hearing loss, back to Palo Alto...........

And just like that we are back in Palo Alto CA for yet another surgery.

Its been almost a year and a half since my last post back in July of 2016  when Brody had his second revision done on his right ear drum.   Since we have been back Brody's healing was doing good and we thought we were on the right track.  About a year ago we noticed Brody's hearing had been decreasing in his right ear, he has had multiple hearing test throughout the year to monitor his hearing loss and all his test were consistent with each other.  We decided last spring that we needed to have a permanent plan to compensate for his hearing loss in his right ear.  We decided that we were going to go with a Baha hearing aid (one similar to what he has been wearing on his soft band).   He was scheduled to have a surgery last October in Milwaukee that would implant a magnet behind his ear that the baha would attach too.  We ended up canceling that surgery because Brody started to get a bunch of build up (debris) in his right canal.  After the first cleaning the ENT had told us it was infected so we ended up doing drops for about 3 weeks until the infection was gone.  After several visits for cleanings we could clearly see that the eardrum had moved and that it had a perforation.    We consulted over the phone with Dr. Roberson and came to the conclusion that it would be best to close up the canal.  

Which leads us to today,  we are back in California where tomorrow Brody will have is 8th surgery to close up his right ear canal.  They will take out what they previously constructed and it will be closed up.  We can expect up to a 20 percent more hearing loss on his right side due to this. So he will have the baha implant (magnet) done during this surgery also. 

Please keep Brody in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow as he under goes his (hopefully) final surgery.