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"A New Me" Blog

#49 Hearing Loss Advice -

The June 2019 Consumer Reports has a fascinating, informative article about hearing loss: SOUND ADVICE ABOUT HEARING LOSS. If you haven’t read this article and have an interest in exploring the advantages of hearing aids, I recommend going to your public library and reading it. The article begins by stating the reasons people delay getting […]

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#48 Networking -

The Acoustic Neuroma Association offers a program for patients with questions to call and be connected with someone who has been in a similar situation. This is especially helpful when someone doesn’t have a support group or even know anyone who has an acoustic neuroma. What then? You can talk one on one (or email […]

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#47 Help Me Hear -

About 60,000 people a year are diagnosed with single-sided deafness. With this problem, it can be very difficult to follow conversations, especially in a noisy environment. This can be a real challenge and leads to exhaustion and frustration. This, in turn, can lead to stress, anxiety, irritability, and headaches. This is the bad news. Now […]

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#46 4 YouTubes -

Have you ever watched a YouTube video? Go to the home page of  YouTube, www.youtube.com.  Type “acoustic neuroma” in the Search box. You’ll be amazed at the number of results – 5,200 as of today. Many of the videos are by patients who have had surgery and describe their symptoms both before and after surgery. […]

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#45 Get Connected -

In my last blog I shared some of the improvements in hearing aid technology. I might not have learned about all this if I hadn’t gone to a support group meeting. In an earlier blog, I mentioned the national symposium meetings for AN patients. These meetings have been replaced by one-day meetings called ANA Patient […]

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#44 Signa Hearing Aids -

Remember when I talked about my Phonak Cros hearing aids in blog # 37 ? I purchased those aids in 2012. Recently I went to a support group meeting and learned a lot about upgrades that have happened in 6 years.   Technology is making huge progress with hearing! After the support group meeting, I […]

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#43 Improving Balance -

Some acoustic neuroma patients have serious balance issues pre-treatment and some have the balance issues post-treatment. For some, it’s both pre and post. The hearing or eighth cranial nerve has a balance branch and if this is where the tumor is located, balance issues result; in fact, this was my first symptom of an acoustic […]

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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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