Champion - Linda Strong

Retired Nurse • Volunteer

From: Waxhaw, NC


An Unexpected Diagnosis

About 15 years ago, Linda was told that her tinnitus (ringing in the ears) was a result of hearing loss. She was a busy operating room nurse at the time, and didn’t notice her symptoms much. However, her tinnitus and hearing loss eventually worsened and even began to make her dizzy.

She went in for another hearing test and was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma (a rare condition in which a benign, slow-growing tumor develops on the auditory nerve) in her left ear. After receiving radiation treatment, her acoustic neuroma is now shrinking.


Volunteerism

In her spare time, Linda is an active volunteer. Her time as a nurse has given her the skills and inspiration to help at places like the Ronald McDonald House, the Hospitality House of Charlotte, and Mitley Riders Equine Therapy for Special Needs Children.


Looking Forward

Now that she has her acoustic neuroma under control, Linda can begin addressing her hearing loss with hearing devices. She’s looking forward to being more engaged in conversations, hearing things like the television more easily, and managing her tinnitus symptoms.

“I’m looking forward to improved hearing (I have 12% word recognition on the affected side). I expect to have a better quality of life and not miss out on anything. I’m having knee replacement surgery [soon], and I plan to climb Machu Picchu sometime—I’m 74 years old!”


Why Linda is a HearStrong Champion

Linda hasn’t let the challenges of acoustic neuroma, tinnitus, or hearing loss stop her from living life to its fullest.

Linda has a message for those with untreated hearing loss: “Get a hearing test as soon as possible and find out what is going on. If it is acoustic neuroma, getting treatment ASAP before the tumor grows too large is very important. Also, one misses out a lot if there is substantial hearing loss.”

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