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#51 ** 5 Ways to Prevent Falls -

Did you know – “Falls can kill you. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall.” This article caught my eye. You can find it in the 7/19/2019 personal health column of the New York Times. Often, […]

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#50 Closed Captioning (CC) at the Movies -

My husband and I went to the movies and they offered closed captioning glasses!  A friend had told me about them and how they worked. Have you heard about this? Tried it? The words show as if they were on the screen, but they aren’t. They are in the glasses. This means you are the […]

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#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 YouTube Videos -

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 Signia 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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