About Me

IMG_0809This site is written and maintained by Brad Riddell (@bradriddell), who is a professional screenwriter, DePaul University film professor, and has superior canal dehiscence on the both sides. Brad is not a medical doctor, nor is he a doctor of any kind (though he does hold a B.A. in English and an MFA in Screenwriting, if that matters). His writings here represent his personal experiences with superior canal dehiscence syndrome, as well as his opinions, but should not be construed as either medical fact or medical advice. For more about Brad, visit bradriddell.com.

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Carol Hoeck

    Hello, Mr. Riddell,

    As no recent post, am wondering how you have been as it appears that you really
    had no choice but proceeding with the surgery. Perhaps with really restricted choices
    moving forward preventing further issues. And by now you have found great relief, hearing
    at a normal level, and none of the other horrendous difficulties which piled on
    you in such unrelenting fashion.

    Thank you so very much for writing about your “affair to remember” with SCD.
    Also, have been on “the journey” of learning what my symptoms mean since
    June, 2014.

    After my ENT and one neurotologist said there was nothing they could do…..
    an MRI only showed thin bone…….and fortunately no tumor.

    Found the lack of thinking creatively and “staying with me” they wanted me
    to just go away.

    Obtained another referral to an otologist who did believe a CT was in order.
    As of this week I know I have SCD with extremely thin bone over the other
    ear. This otologist considers 2mm “small”………whereas yours of 3mm is
    large. Confusing isn’t it?? Is 2mm really “small” or possibly “medium”.

    My trust in physicians is at a very low point. Imagine you, too, have been through
    this aspect, also.

    Am considering what the last otologist suggested I do prior to opting for surgery
    which is obtaining musician-type custom-made ear plugs. Regular OTC ear plugs
    of any type are not blocking sound. The doctors find it hard to believe.

    And while going that route, am also developing some questions, some based on
    your remarks for the otologist about his use of the mastoid approach.

    If you are still checking this site it would be a pleasure to hear how your life is
    at this time as am believing you needed to proceed to surgery. I do hope that you
    have intact hearing, and have lost the vertigo, autophony, Tullio, and all other

    In addition hope your life is back to what it was before this condition presented.

    Perhaps you have heard from hundreds of people with this same condition and
    imagine that was reassuring; knowing you were not alone.

    With many thank you’s for taking the time to write this blog.

    Carol Hoeck, M.S. (Counseling)

    1. Brad Post author

      Carol, I hope you are finding answers and narrowing in on a choice to manage your situation. I recommend tons of research. And asking docs every question you can think of, and not settling for ambiguous answers. I think you are on the right path. Updated the blog today. Please let me know if I can help.


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