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#42 Treatment of Depression -

I mentioned in the last blog the first step in the treatment of depression involves a study of what is causing the depression. If the cause can be determined, then the treatment can be specific. For acoustic neuroma patients, treatments might include: Sound therapy. Sound therapy is one of the suggestions if tinnitus is the […]

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#41 Depression -

In a previous blog about depression (# 15), I talked about depression resulting from trying to reach a treatment decision. Also, part of the depression resulted from the symptoms of an acoustic neuroma. Now that I have had treatment, that part of depression is not an issue. So why the depression? I think depression results […]

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#40 ** 7 Ways to Fight Brain Fog -

Brain fog often happens with fatigue (see #39), but can happen at any time. Do you ever struggle to find a word? Do you ever struggle with memory? Do you ever leave your purse or jacket in a restaurant? Do you ever do something ridiculous without thinking, like turning left on red? Brain fog includes […]

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#39 ** 5 Fatigue Busters -

It doesn’t matter if you have had surgery, radiation, or are in a wait and watch holding pattern, fatigue is often a problem with acoustic neuroma patients. Why do I need a nap most days? I sleep well at night, yet in the middle of the afternoon, I feel like a wall is coming down. […]

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#38 Tinnitus -

Do you know what tinnitus is? With tinnitus, you hear sounds in your head and no external sound is present. Lots of people have tinnitus but don’t have an acoustic neuroma. If you have an acoustic neuroma, chances are you know what tinnitus is. Besides acoustic neuromas, there are other causes creating this symptom. Some […]

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#37 Phonak CROS Hearing Aids -

That brings me to the CROS aid. CROS is an acronym for Contralateral Routing of Sound. Six years ago I bought Phonak Cros hearing aids and have never regretted the decision. A transmitter is placed in the deaf ear. A receiver is placed in the good ear. The first types had wires that went around […]

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#36 Hearing Devices -

Helen Keller once said, “Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people.” This is true. We separate from others when we catch only some words. It’s hard work filling in the blanks of what we don’t hear. Actually exhausting work. And, sometimes we begin to shy away from situations we know will […]

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#35 Single Sided Deafness -

My hearing hasn’t returned. As a result, hearing loss on one side is a part of A New Me. The challenges of loss of hearing on one side are “interesting.” It’s different when one ear is out of order. Does it matter? God designed us with two ears. Do we really need both ears? Well, […]

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# 34 Post Treatment -

All went well with the treatment. After so much study of treatments, it was almost anti-climatic. I had my three days of treatment and we flew home to Illinois. No problems. I did feel extra tired and needed extra naps. Other than the tiredness, I felt good. I was excited to see future MRI’s. Would […]

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#33 Treatment -

A team of physicians at Stanford University used the MRI and Cat Scan of my brain to plan the radiation delivery to my tumor from all directions. (See the arm of the machine on #31 blog.) That arm slowly moves around the table and delivers radiation from all angles to the exact location of the tumor. […]

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