Re: What the ear specialist told me...
Hey Big Phil I too had a cholesteatoma. I spent four years with tinnitus and vertigo. I went to several ENT's and all said Meniere's syndrome. After four years of trying to sleep with a constant ring (it is like Chinese water torture) and walking like a drunk down the halls of the research institute of my lab, I was getting suicidal. This is no way to go through life, and if it weren't for my family I just don't know. Then I found a ENT who finally found it-he said a quick day surgery should take care of it. When I awoke he was white as a sheet. He spent three hours removing all my mastoid and said he had never seen such a growth-he suspected I was born with it and it finally completely obliterated my temporal bone and was starting to grow into my brain-Jeez!!!! My hearing is shot on my left side and I still have to have tubes for drainage as I have dysfunctional eustachian tubes. We had four phone lines in my lab. I had to quit answering the phone because I couldn't tell which was ringing-very frustrating. My other ear isn't great because of years of hunting (loud guns) and 43 years of drumming without ear protection. My best friend is a welder and he has had numerous eye injuries and surgeries for uncontrollable glaucoma so he can't see too well. Together we make a team. I can't emphasize enough the need for young drummers to wear hearing protection. The only plus is that I always "sound" great to me when I play-hee, hee, hee, and it is never too loud.