Dear Dr Bartels,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can hear! After seven years with a hearing aid, I had not even imagined that my hearing might ever be restored. I had assumed that my hearing would continue to decline and hearing aids would need to become more powerful.
When I learned that a stapedectomy would "fix" the problem in my ear, I thought it was too good to be true.
But here I am... three weeks after the surgery... hearing beautifully with no hearing aid. To me, it's a miracle. Most of all I'm happy for my family... my husband, children and grandchildren. I hear them now... the first time. They were wonderfully understanding and patient with me before, repeating so many times... but I'm grateful that I no longer need to impose on their patience in that way.
Through your skillful surgery, you have blessed our whole family. What a grand way to begin the New Year!