Getting Support…You can Lean on me

As I write the last installment on my Acoustic Neuroma series, I find that it is appropriate to lend from an excerpt from my eBook (So You Have an Acoustic Neuroma?…A Tale of Two Surgeries) on where and how you can get support when you have this tumour. Family / Friends It was a very scary time for me. I had a young family and a lot going on in my life and to see Read More …

Brain Fog and Your Acoustic Neuroma…Navigating the Cloud

We have all been there. As we are recovering from our treatment we seem to experience it. Things we used to do or say before are now just a little bit off. The world seems to require us to be multitaskers more and more but if you have brain fog, it is more difficult. Especially if you are recovering from treatment from your Acoustic Neuroma. It could have been from adjusting to SSD (Single Sided Read More …

Facial Issues With Your Acoustic Neuroma…Face to Face

You may experienced this prior to your surgery, after or beyond. For me it was a noticeable flattening of the crease line on the AN side of my face. That was the tumour stretching the facial nerve. You might also have some tingling in your face. For me it was around my chin. Dry eye and trouble blinking can also start prior to receiving treatment for this tumour. Depending on the size and location of Read More …

Dental Care When You Have an Acoustic Neuroma

One issue that I find that gets overlooked when recovering from an Acoustic Neuroma is Dental Care. I think it might be that your health care practitioners are so concerned about complications from the surgery, your balance and hearing (or lack of) to give it any attention. That’s OK.  It doesn’t really start to be a concern until after you are recovering from those things. You are probably not eating many of the foods that Read More …

Eye Issues…Peering Through The Looking Glass

With Acoustic Neuromas, several cranial nerves may be affected. Other than the Hearing/Balance nerve, the facial nerve can be affected too. The facial nerve runs very close to the Hearing / Balance nerve and even if the tumor isn’t touching the nerve it may get disturbed during treatment. The Facial Nerve Does A lot What we don’t realize is that the facial nerve is responsible for a lot! One of the Facebook groups I belong Read More …

Balance and Acoustic Neuromas…Walking the Tightrope

Balance Issues Can Show Itself in Many Ways Depending on factors like size and location of your Acoustic Neuroma, coupled with your age and general health, your balance will be affected somewhat.  I have been affected slightly (and my AN was 4.3cm at its largest diameter). That is not the case for all. I have seen some survivor’s dead lift several hundred pounds and I have heard stories of others needing a cane or walker Read More …

Listener Fatigue. Yes, It’s “a Thing”.

Listener Fatigue affects many people especially if you have suffered through an illness. I have Single Sided Deafness (SSD) caused by an Acoustic Neuroma… Whatever condition caused your deafness, people may not see a reason for it on the surface. You may look fine but believe it or not, it takes a lot of energy to listen all day. Now try doing it out of one ear. Things that binaural people take for granted, like Read More …