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#65 Control and Choices -

Before I start talking about control and choices, I want to give you a link to upcoming support group meetings. (link) Many are virtual. How much control do I have in my life? Where and when do I have control? Where and when do I not have control? We can’t control a lot of what […]

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#64 Surgeon Questions -

I was recently going through some of my Acoustic Neuroma notes and came upon these questions to ask your potential surgeon. On the www.ANAUSA.org  site, you will find most of these questions. First, click on the category “learn,” next “questions to ask, then “questions to ask your doctor,” and finally “questions to ask the surgeon.” […]

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#63 Virtual Education Event -

Acoustic Neuroma readers – I wanted to be sure you were all aware of the ANA/UTSW Virtual Patient Education Event. This event is Saturday, November 7 from 8 am to 5 pm Central time. Remember when I told you about the National Symposium events? The one-day Patient Education Events have taken their place. If you […]

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#62 Three Ways to Connect -

With the COVID virus lingering, it’s easy to feel disconnected. With our decreased hearing we might already have that feeling. Many meetings we regularly attended have been canceled. Some are being offered via Zoom and that helps. In my last blog, I talked about support group meetings. I want to give you more details about three […]

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#61 Reminders -

Reminder: Be careful! It’s easy to catch your hearing aid on the COVID mask elastic. Either quiet or noisy, we might not realize the hearing aid is gone. I’m thinking about the times when we jump into a hot car, turn the AC on high, and take off our masks. Hearing aids are expensive and […]

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#60 Grocery Shopping -

In an earlier blog, I talked about my balance issues when buying groceries. Well, thanks to this COVID virus, I solved this problem. I no longer need meclizine (Antivert) pre-shopping. If you have balance issues, this solution might help you, too. A vestibular rehabilitation therapist explained why shopping brings on balance troubles. Your eyes are […]

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#59 9 Conversation Hints with Masks -

Recently I had, or I should say tried to have a conversation with someone who had a mask on. We both have decreased hearing and her voice is soft. I missed many of her words and I’m sure she missed most of mine. Even with the help of hearing aids, we face a challenge to […]

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#58 A New Me & New Ways -

With all the news focusing on the coronavirus, COVID-19 or whatever you want to call it,  I started to compare it in ways to our new normal with our own acoustic neuroma. My life was normal until I heard the words acoustic neuroma. Then everything changed as I started researching the various treatments. I didn’t […]

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#57 Irritable? -

What is irritability? What causes it? How do I treat it? Wow. Can I really tackle this subject in one blog? We shall see. Let’s start with Webster’s dictionary. Irritable = having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or made angry. Grumpy. Moody. Crotchety. Bad-tempered. Grouchy. Cantankerous. Ill-humored. Disagreeable. Crabby. On a short […]

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#56 11 Reasons to Try Chair Yoga -

In blog # 43 Improving Balance (link) I asked if anyone had ever tried yoga to improve balance. Thanks to my new chair yoga class, I can answer that question now. Yes. Yoga does improve balance. I recently tried chair yoga and am amazed at how much more balanced I feel.         1. Improves balance. […]

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