My hearing had progressively been getting worse over the past two years. I thought it was just part of the aging process although I was only 58. On a routine visit to my primary doctor I mentioned the hearing loss and she referred me to an ENT.
On October 16th I saw the ENT who said I had significant hearing loss in my right ear and it was not due to aging but due to nerve damage and that the cause needed to be determined. An MRI was ordered for October 22nd and I returned and few days later on the 26th for the results. I was diagnosed with having an Acoustic Neuroma and was referred to the House Ear Clinic.
On November 5th, I traveled four hours to the clinic and saw Dr. John House who clearly discussed my options. Surgery was recommended and I was introduced to Dr. Kevin Peng (neurotologist) who would, along with the House Clinic neurosurgeon, attempt at fully removing the tumor. Dr. Peng explained the surgery and his role during the surgery.
On November 8th I again returned to the clinic to meet the neurosurgeon, Dr. Gregory Lekovic. Although I have been a registered nurse for 37 years, Dr. Lekovic took time to explain everything in terms that my family and I would understand. He had pictures and props to explain what was going to be done during surgery. Not once did he rush the conversation and he allowed time for questions and our satisfactory understanding. Two days prior to surgery I again had a pre-op meeting with Dr. Lekovic. He again reviewed the surgery patiently, taking his time, allowing for any further questions and needed explanations.
My surgery was October 2, 2018. The tumor was completely removed and I had no facial paralysis and no further hearing loss and only minor balance issues (which are expected after the procedure) as the balance nerves were severed. I was discharged three days later.
Other than some miscommunication with my House Clinic surgery counselor, which was satisfactorily resolved, the whole process went by smoothly and to my satisfaction. I would highly recommend House Ear Clinic.