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#69 Is It Growing? -

It doesn’t matter where we are on this AN journey – pre or post-surgery, radiation, or watch and wait – this question can raise its ugly head. For me, it usually happens with a symptom that might or might not have anything to do with the neuroma. No matter when the question happens, it’s scary. […]

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#68 AN Facebook Group -

In blog # 62 (link) I briefly mentioned the AN Facebook Group. It’s a super place to ask questions and get help. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the answers can be confusing because they frequently are contradictory. What this means is what works best for one person may not be good […]

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#67 Turn Off Anxiety -

In the last blog, I talked about ways to de-stress.  This blog might seem like the same thing, and it’s similar with a few differences. Stress can produce anxiety. I want to talk about specific ways to turn off anxiety. When we turn off the anxious thoughts, the stress will go down. Chronic stress can […]

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#66 Decisions & Stress Busters -

Many of you reading this blog wear hearing aids. Be careful if you also wear a mask. I know someone who lost a hearing aid and he knows it probably happened when he took off his mask. Be very careful!!!  Take your time and double check you didn’t lose your aids or one aid when […]

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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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