I am just home from the audiologist.
My right ear has mild hearing loss, mostly in the very upper range. The left ear, while seeming to show slight improvement since the hospital, has mild (in the mid range) to profound (everywhere else, including much of the "speech banana") hearing loss. I do fairly well with most vowel sounds, but can hear almost no consenent sound with my left ear at all (this same area is slightly compromised with the right). No wonder I have to put the telephone to my right ear and prefer to have people sit on my right side to talk!
Since I also have nearly -200 (pounds? whatever the unit of measurement is, +5 in the right ear) of pressure in the left eardrum, something normally consistent with severe allergies and sines problems, like when an airplane is coming down for a landing and your ears feel clogged and need to "pop," she is sending my results to an ear/nose/throat specialist for evaluation.
The good new is that the ear nerve test showed only mild damage in the left, so if we can figure out what is going on with my otter and middle ear, the left inner ear seems correctable,to the extend of hearing I have in my right ear, with hear amplification. This is a major praise as we had expected significant nerve damage from the strokes!
I now wait for a follow-up phone call from the E/N/T or the audiologist, to determine my next step, either a consult with the E/N/T or a hearing aid from the audiologist for that left ear if the E/N/T thinks he doesn't need to see me.
Thank you, Latricia, for the suggestion of Megan at Silver State Hearing and Balance. She is wonderful!
Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.
Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Here is her resume.
Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.