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"A New Me" Blog

#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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#55 Hints for the Holidays -

Merry Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the song says. It can also be the busiest. So much to do and so much to think about and so much to remember. All this can be overwhelming, especially to someone recovering from surgery, or someone trying to figure out what kind […]

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#54 Treatment Ideas for Headaches -

One comment on the forum (link) really hit me and I wanted to start this blog with it – “Most docs have not treated people like us, or, if they have, they haven’t treated very many. You will need to be persistent and advocate for yourself. There is relief out there, you just need to […]

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#53 Headaches -

Today I’m going to tackle the subject of headaches. At my support group recently, I heard headaches are a problem suffered by many. Most of my previous subjects are personal issues, but headaches are not an issue for me.  That means more research, especially for the causes and of course the treatments. Headaches can occur pre-treatment […]

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#52 Hyperacusis -

If you have never heard of this word, it means being super sensitive to loud noises, literally, excess hearing. 1 in 50,000 people suffer this disorder. It may seem like a strange topic for many of us with single-sided deafness. How can someone with only half their hearing be bothered by noise? I can’t answer that […]

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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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