Yes, I have this stupid problem above both of my ears. Dr. Daniel Lee, of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, confirmed this for me yesterday. Two holes – one on each side, and damage to the tegmen above both ears as well. It’s a royal flush, baby. He then described a phenomenon that often occurs in patients with bilateral Superior Canal Dehiscence known as “unmasking,” wherein one side, usually the worst, is repaired first, but then the other side that is also damaged will finally start showing itself in terms of its unique symptoms. It’ll be like a coming out party for my left side. Yay! We’ll have an unmasking party for my left ear! I’ll send out an Evite. We’ll do potluck.
The good news, if you want to consider it as such, is that he confirmed I’ve got this thing and Dr. Wiet’s read on it is correct. But (there’s always a complication), he feels that his endoscopy approach, which he pioneered, is the best surgical method given the location of my dehiscence, and this has forced me to consider going to Boston and rescheduling the whole ordeal. I’ve messed up before buying houses and cars, but I don’t want to mess up brain surgery, you know? I’ve got to get this right, because in all likelihood I’ll be doing it twice.