Mr Surojit Pal
19th July 2018
My hearing had gradually decreased over the years however the fact that I was actually suffering from hearing loss was never something that occurred to me. That changed when I came to UK to start my university education. I noticed that I would often struggle to make out what my lecturers were saying and especially if the lecturer was a male with a deep voice. And the fact that everyone else in the room was able to hear him absolutely okay, made me reconsider my hearing..
After attending various hearing tests, it was evident from the results that I was actually suffering from hearing loss. Mr Pal listened to my situation keenly and advised on having the stapedotomy surgery done or alternatively wearing hearing aids for the rest of my life. Initially I didn't like the sound of either of the options but a decision had to be made..Surgery because if something does go wrong during the process you are stuck with that condition for the rest of your life. And hearing aids because its a hassle inserting and removing them daily. Mr Pal was very patient, informative and explained the procedure using pictures and stated that there was a very low chance that anyone undergoing the surgery would experience a total hearing loss. This reassured me and I considered getting the surgery done and as it would take some time to get a surgery date, Mr Pal also signed me up to getting hearing aids, so I wouldn't have to struggle to hear my lectures.
I had my surgery in May 2018 and before the surgery, I remember feeling overwhelmed by surgical anxiety as I've never had an operation before. Mr Pal and his team were very informative, professional and caring and this helped me to cope with my anxiety.
2 weeks after the surgery Mr Pal removed the packing that was left after the surgery and instantly I noticed the difference. It felt really weird initially as i was able to hear everything much more louder and clearer than before! My brain adjusted after some time, and now I am able to hear much better than before without having to put on hearing aids all the time which is amazing! The hearing in my right ear is now considered normal and it feels like such a relief. My self esteem has improved and I'm glad for having considered this option and very grateful to Mr Pal and his team for all that they have done.
I am now looking forward to my left ear surgery.