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Can surgery for hearing loss lead to the loss of sense of taste?

Q: I had a stapedectomy on my left ear a couple of months ago. My hearing has improved and I am pleased. However, I still have loss of taste on the left side of my tongue. The doctor has assured me that the nerve that affects taste was not severed during the surgery and that it may take a while for my ability to taste to return. I am considering surgery on my right ear, which is not as bad as the left one but I am apprehensive since I do not want to lose sense of taste on the right side of my tongue too. What should I do?

A:I think the loss of taste on the left side may be due to a crush or contusion of the nerve. If so, normal sensation would appear in about a years time. You should go ahead with the surgery on the right side. You have little to fear.

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